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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Trade deals leave Washington producers relieved but with questions

While the trade agreements President Donald Trump signed earlier this week with China, Mexico and Canada may not be everything Washington farmers hoped for, most analysts believe the deals will …


Sue Lani Madsen: Investing in soil health is an investment in the future

Investing in soil health is an investment in future generations continuing to eat, according to David Montgomery, a University of Washington geologist. His first book, “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” …


Then and Now: J.I. Case building

The J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co. bought the building at the corner of Boone Avenue and Monroe Street in 1909, and would remain there until moving operations to the West …


China’s November soybean imports rise after US trade deal

China’s imports of soybeans surged in November following the announcement of an interim trade deal with the United States.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

McMorris Rodgers joins Democrats, region’s Republicans to pass migrant farmworker reform bill

The legislation makes several changes to federal immigration law intended to make it easier for farmers and migrant workers to obtain visas for agriculture work. The bill was opposed by …


100 years ago in Spokane: Farmer says world’s best land for growing potatoes was in Inland Northwest

George J. Cannon, a farmer from Buckeye (near Mead and Chattaroy) claimed that the Inland Empire was equal or superior to any potato-growing district in the world – at least …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Stores report brisk sales of WSU’s Cosmic Crisp apple. Here’s where to get them in Spokane.

After more than 20 years of research and development, the shiny, orange-red Cosmic Crisp apple debuted this week in grocery stores, including at all of the Rosauers, Safeway and Albertsons …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Bad weather causes potato shortage everywhere, except in Washington

Washington potato growers could double what they earn from this year’s crop because of shortages in Idaho, the Upper Midwest and Canada caused by bad weather in October that forced …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Washington senators slam USDA over unequal farm payments in bailout

Both U.S. senators from Washington signed an analysis by congressional staffers that shows the Trump Administration’s $16 billion bailout of U.S. farmers has mostly benefited those growers in the South …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

IRS extends relief for Washington farmers and ranchers affected by drought

The Internal Revenue Service has extended tax relief for farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock because of drought, flooding or other severe weather in recent years.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease

California is opening a new front in the battle against a disease that has decimated citrus groves across the world and looms as a threat to the state’s orange crop.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

China to lift punitive tariffs on U.S. soybeans, pork

China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

U.S., China exchange goodwill gesture ahead of trade talks

The United States and China traded conciliatory gestures, raising hopes they can de-escalate a standoff over trade that has shaken financial markets and cast gloom over the global economy.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

New wheat variety ‘Ryan’ could boost markets for Washington farmers

The variety of soft-white wheat, which has been under development for a decade, was called “Ryan” in honor of the late Ryan A. Davis, a WSU alum and former manager …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Farmers harvesting Washington wheat at a loss

Massive combines have begun transforming much of the Palouse from waving fields of wheat into vast expanses of stubble. But the farmers cutting that crop are currently selling the grain …


Washington farmers react to China’s announcement to boycott U.S. ag products

Had China’s announcement this week to stop purchasing U.S. agricultural products been the first volley of a trade war, local trade officials would have taken it like a punch to …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019

Wholesale market selling local flowers blooms in Spokane

Local flower growers have come together to form a new market for bulk orders in Spokane.


Taking care of the dirt: Canola on rise as rotational crop

Chris Eckhart was raised on the principle that “when you take care of the dirt, the dirt takes care of you,” and the bright yellow, flowering canola blanketing his land …


Then and Now: Spokane Flour Mill

From the early milling business boom, only the Spokane Flour Mill still stands. It almost didn’t get going.


Then and Now: Old Union Stockyards Company

Established around 1915, the Spokane Union Stockyards was a key piece of the agriculture business in Spokane for more than 80 years.


Mid-sized farms are on the decline in Idaho and nationwide

Idaho farms are either getting smaller or bigger, according to the recently released Census of Agriculture, which collects data every five years from farms and ranches that produce at least …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

After spearheading new livestock class, East Valley student enters the competition arena

Dakota Hanson grabbed Timmy the goat by his short leash and placed his head on her thigh.


100 years ago in Walla Walla: Eastern Washington farmers flock to tractor show as they consider motorization

Nothing illustrated the revolution taking place in Eastern Washington agriculture better than a spectacular event held at Walla Walla.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019

Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion

Both chambers of the Washington Legislature have passed laws that would create a state system for licensing hemp production. The long-outlawed cousin of marijuana hasn’t taken off in the Evergreen …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

University of Idaho plans for largest research dairy in the U.S.

The University of Idaho could boast the largest research dairy in the country within the next decade.


U.S. ambassador to UK slams critics of American agriculture

The U.S. ambassador to Britain has attacked what he described as a “smear” campaign against American agriculture by interests with a protectionist agenda.


Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government …


Idaho may pay legal fees after losing ‘dairy spying’ lawsuit

A panel of Idaho officials will meet next week to consider paying $260,000 for attorney fees and other costs after losing a lawsuit over an unconstitutional law that sought to …


Then and Now: East Spokane grain elevators

These three grain storage and processing plants in east Spokane represent a various types of agribusiness ventures.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018

Backpack-wearing bumblebees could buzz fields, tell farmers how crops are doing

Now, a group of University of Washington researchers has figured out how to put a tiny tracking sensor on a bumblebee.