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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

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, 7:53 p.m.

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, 7:03 p.m.

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, 7:21 p.m.

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, 8:51 p.m.

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, 10:12 a.m.

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, 2:03 p.m.

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, 10:13 p.m.

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, 9:55 a.m.

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, 10:02 p.m.

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, 8:46 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

Farmers, state watching for signs export markets will reopen

Washington farmers watching closely for a truce in the tariff war that could reopen markets to China.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing …


Swiss reject plan to entice herders to save cow, goat horns

GENEVA – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a national referendum on a cattle farmer’s proposal to have the government subsidize herders of goats and cows if they let their animals …


Sue Lani Madsen: It’s all about the food – and the soil it grows in

Food, glorious food. The centerpiece of every holiday. Whatever your Thanksgiving tradition, food is the constant whether it’s turkey with sausage stuffing or vegan roasted pumpkin with riced cauliflower dressing. …


Share.Farm app developers look to extend season for area farmers-market producers, customers

About 900 Spokane-area residents have signed up for the app at


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

Dogs train to become service animals at Green Bluff’s fall festivities

Five in-training service dogs paid a visit to Beck’s Harvest House in Green Bluff Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

To Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce in metropolitan areas while conserving water …


Washington apple crop awaits answers amid ongoing trade uncertainty

Despite uncertainty about markets, the Washington apple crop is coming off the trees and producers are hopeful that talks with Mexico and Canada can wrap up soon to protect two …


Prices, production looking good for Washington wheat despite uncertain markets

Belching clouds of orange dust, the massive red machines crawled along the hillsides north of Reardan eating endless rows of amber stalks.