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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: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

U.S. signs limited deal with Japan on ag, digital trade

President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign a limited trade agreement Monday with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

U.S. signs trade deal with Japan, securing important market for Washington wheat

The Washington wheat industry got its first good news in more than two years Wednesday when President Donald Trump announced a new bilateral trade deal with Japan, which traditionally has …


Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules

Midwest farmers mostly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but their patience is wearing thin over new rules that could cut the amount of their corn going into ethanol.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

As migrant workers decrease, Idaho farmers struggle

The number of migrant workers has declined nationwide, and many of those workers who are here now are on an H-2A visa, which allows farmers to bring in foreign workers …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019

What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, and now, Trade Mitigation Thursdays? This fall, some U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food, one little-known consequence of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes.


UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019

Despite slow start from cold spring, area farmers markets kick off season

In a weedy field near the downtown core, Tim Pellow set up his vegetable stand for the year’s first Spokane Farmers’ Market. “It’s going to be a slow start with …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

How the shutdown affects WSU, Mount Rainier, wheat farmers and more

The effects could be felt beyond the roughly 6,100 federal employees who live and work in the Spokane metro area and North Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018

Washington dairy interests optimistic in wake of new trade agreement

Dairy groups in Washington state are encouraged by the Trump administration’s new North American trade deal announced Monday and what they see as its potential to create additional market access …


As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough

Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with …


Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields.


Red Delicious no longer king as Yakima Valley embraces apple diversity

The big story line of this year’s harvest is that Red Delicious, which once dominated Washington’s crop, is relinquishing its title as the state’s most voluminous apple variety.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018

Soybean farmers are surviving trade war

Growers of soybeans – the single largest agricultural export to China, worth $12.4 billion – have largely escaped financial damage of the trade war thus far, raising questions about the …


Ben & Jerry’s, advocacy group: Farm worker program a success

A farmworker-driven agreement that Ben & Jerry’s signed last year to improve pay and working conditions of laborers on farms that provide the ice cream company milk has been successful, …


Farmers prefer Trump do trade deals than hand them cash

Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump’s tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018

Trump plans emergency aid to farmers affected by his tariffs

The U.S. readied a plan Tuesday to send billions in emergency aid to farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other American trading …


Trump says U.S. farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

President Donald Trump defended his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico on Monday, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated “unfairly.” The president vowed to turn the tide …


Amid trade fight, Trump says he’ll ‘make it up’ to farmers

President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them, saying they “will be …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018

Trump draws ire of farmers targeted in Chinese trade dispute

From hog producers in Iowa to apple growers in Washington state and winemakers in California, farmers expressed deep disappointment Friday over being put in the middle of a potential trade …


Froma Harrop: Trump turns farmers into a sacrifice

President Trump’s budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump’s hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Farmers post record crop for soybeans, peanuts, canola, hops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops.


Open or closed range?

Idaho law states domestic animal owners in open range are not responsible for keeping the animals off highways and are not liable for damage to vehicles or for injuries to …


Some farmers in Washington and Idaho seeing more acidic soil

Some farmers in northern Idaho and western Washington are looking for solutions after years of applying nitrogen-based fertilizer has left their land with acidic soil.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Long dependent on immigrant workers, Yakima Valley growers laboring with new reality

After decades of enjoying a robust low-wage labor force mostly comprised of Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. illegally, growers here and across the state are finding fewer laborers interested in …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Idaho farmers turn to guest workers to fill labor gap

Farmers in southern Idaho are increasingly turning to the guest worker program to fill the gap left by the shrinking labor force in the state.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017

A farmer arrived at WSU with $6,000 to his name. Now he’s won $100,000 to help feed the world.

Six years ago, Cornelius Adewale moved to Pullman with $6,000 in his pocket. Now as a Ph.D. candidate at WSU and a member of the board of directors of Washington’s …


Washington potato farmers report shortage of truck drivers

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Potato famers in rural northwestern Washington say they don’t have enough truck drivers to deliver their products out of state. The Skagit Valley Herald reported a …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017

Idaho, Oregon onion growers race to rebuild before harvest

The Idaho-Oregon onion industry’s rebuilding efforts following the heavy damage to storage and packing facilities caused by this year’s harsh winter are in full swing and going well.


With labor shortage, Idaho inmates learn farm work

Matthew Davidson could patch roads or do janitorial work during his time at the South Idaho Correctional Institution, but he’s decided to harvest fruit instead.