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UPDATED: Fri., July 10, 2020

Washington apple growers qualify for aid after challenging criteria

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Bay Area brothers hope to feed the world with their robotic indoor farming technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. – You’ll forgive the Bertram brothers if their Silicon Valley elevator pitch is as fast-paced as a doubles match. After all, they moved from Melbourne, Australia, to …


UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

Virus taking big toll on Washington’s fruit industry

YAKIMA – Fruit warehouse worker Armida Rivera says her days in Yakima County, Washington, are filled with the fear of getting the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Thu., June 11, 2020

Ag Secretary praises Spokane’s farm-grown food initiative as growers call for more support

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue praised Spokane’s effort to get locally grown food to needy families on Thursday, as the region’s wheat growers push for additional federal assistance during the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 11, 2020

Meatpacking plants nearly back at capacity, but COVID-19 fallout continues on farms

Meatpacking plants in Minnesota and elsewhere that were epicenters of COVID-19 outbreaks a month ago are getting back to normal, but the disruption caused by the virus is still being …


UPDATED: Wed., June 10, 2020

Cases at seafood plant cause spike in Oregon COVID numbers

SALEM, Ore. – Newport, a small coastal city, has been a blip on the radar when it comes to confirmed coronavirus cases in Oregon. Until Sunday.


Spokane area farmers offering fresh produce without crowds

The South Spokane Farm Corridor was spawned in 2018 as a way to connect area farmers with customers seeking locally grown produce. But concerns over proper social distancing during the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Washington ag workers get new protections from COVID-19

Washington is requiring new safety standards to protect agricultural and food processing workers COVID -19.


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Cherry growers face their own epidemic as harvest nears

In the midst of COVID-19, cherry growers around the Wenatchee Valley are battling another epidemic: little cherry disease.


UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

State health department issues new safety measures for agricultural workers after strikes, CDC visit

In response to workers’ increasing concerns over the lack of proper safety measures in agricultural settings and food-processing plants, the state Department of Health will release new guidelines to protect …


WSU researchers identify protein that may help crops survive climate change

Researchers at Washington State University have pulled back the curtains on a mysterious plant protein that could change agriculture in a world overheated by climate change.


Agriculture in a time of ash: Mount St. Helens eruption did little to stop momentum of record wheat year

Fears of a wheat harvest affected by the volcanic ash were short-lived as 1980 turned out to be a record year for the crop. Reports from the time show most …


Sue Lani Madsen: Junior Livestock Show of Spokane must go on, even if online

“Make new friends, but keep the old One is silver and the other gold.”


UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

SBA for first time makes disaster loans available to farmers

Federal officials this week have reserved a disaster loan program, which traditionally had been used for things like hurricane recovery, to give exclusive access to agriculture-related businesses to ensure that …


Planting the seeds: Farming teacher sees new interest during stay-home order

Whitney Jacques is the founder of New School Farm, a non-profit teaching farm in Vinegar Flats, as well as the owner of Verdant Hare, a garden consultation service. Since the …


UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2020

Folks flock to Ritzville to pick up potatoes farmers can’t sell

There are rarely traffic jams in the small Adams County farming town of Ritzville, but there was one Wednesday morning as people turned out in droves for 20 tons of …


UPDATED: Fri., April 24, 2020

Tests of workers at Central Washington orchard finds dozens of COVID-19 cases without symptoms

Testing at a central Washington orchard found dozens of farm workers who tested positive for COVID-19 though they weren’t experiencing symptoms.


UPDATED: Sun., April 26, 2020

‘We’re in the unknown’: Spokane-area farmers markets prepare to open with extra precautions

Markets will follow guidelines to ensure people follow social distancing rules and have designated entrances and exits. Booths will be spread out, and the number of customers per booth and …


UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

Pandemic shutdown hammering Washington potato, dairy industries

The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has slammed broadside against the Washington dairy and potato industries, with both facing the prospect of dumping product because markets have disappeared.


UPDATED: Thu., April 2, 2020

Survey: Wheat farmers worry about pandemic’s impact on supplies, shipping product

Crews at Marci Green’s farm south of Spokane are finishing months worth of mechanic work and preparations until the weather warms the soil enough to begin the spring wheat planting.


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Federal officials don’t believe virus spread through food processing

With about 75 percent of the nation under stay-at-home orders, agriculture officials said they do not fear that food-processing operations pose a risk for spreading the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

As coronavirus affects the economy, Washington farm industry faces potential threat from logistics problems

Spokane-area farmers have begun spring planting, and apple growers set a new sales record during panic buying as the region continues to adjust to a pandemic that has disrupted most …


Converted or preserved: Vinegar Flats fate undecided

Aside from a house and a handful of farming structures, the 48 acres near the meeting of U.S. Highway 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road sits vacant, as it has for years. …


100 years ago in Spokane: Apple warehouse to be constructed; ‘Spokane spuds’ to be promoted

Spokane was still an apple-growing powerhouse in 1920, and now it was poised to acquire a gigantic apple warehouse.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

China agrees to import Washington, Idaho potatoes

Federal agriculture officials announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement to export U.S. potatoes to China for processing. The deal, which includes crops grown in Idaho, Washington and Oregon, …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Trump vows new farm bailouts as China purchases appear weaker than promised

President Donald Trump promised in an all-caps tweet Friday to provide additional bailout funding to American farmers if necessary, as questions arise over whether China’s purchases of agricultural products will …


U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse says he’s found peace as a lawmaker in his third term

Dan Newhouse, a former state agriculture director and lawmaker, was first elected to Congress in 2014. His wife of 35 years, whom he said was his biggest cheerleader, died in …


Sue Lani Madsen: Farmers have to balance their interests with those of urban landowners

Trade wars are not new, and farmers who spoke off the record said standing up to China has been a long time coming. They’ll wait it out like an untimely …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Ag Expo speaker: Wheat faces challenges in long term

Eastern Washington wheat growers face an uncertain future even with returning market stability following recent trade agreements with China, Mexico and Canada, an agriculture economist said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Prices rising for those Washington dairies that survived recent slump

Trade wars and high global supplies decimated prices for Washington dairies over the past two years, but demand remains high and prices recently have begun to surge along with hopes …