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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.

Madi Clark: Farmers are responsible stewards of environment

A lifetime of working with farmers has shown me that farmers care more for the environment than any regulator, lawmaker, or urban social activist ever will.

UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017

Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen

Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle.

UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters

A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.

Group of radish farmers sue bank for $6.7 million

A group of Oregon farmers has filed a $6.7 million lawsuit against a bank for allegedly interfering with sales of radish seed and thus causing its value to decrease.

Eastern Oregon farmers seek to eradicate tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds are a common sight across Eastern Oregon, rolling over the vast landscape like something out of an Old West movie.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Sue Lani Madsen: If Sonny Perdue can ease government burdens on farmers, he’ll be a success as Agriculture Secretary

Columnist spent morning helping out at the Washington Ag Forestry Leadership program booth and polling passers-by for their opinions on former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the president’s nominee for …

Congress’ budget patch averts national farm loan crisis

U.S. farmers drained all available government agricultural loan money this past fiscal year to get through one of the worst agricultural downturns in recent years, but no one who qualifies …

Search warrants for potato pest ordered at E. Idaho farms

A federal judge has approved search warrants to take samples from fields in southeast Idaho after farmers refused to allow federal authorities to check for a microscopic potato pest.

Hotline set up to help farmers affected by pipeline protests

North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has set up a hotline to help farmers and ranchers south of the Bismarck-Mandan area who’ve been affected by protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

100 years ago in Spokane: Farmers worry crops won’t make it to markets as railroad workers prepare to strike

From our archives, 100 years ago The railroad unions called for a nationwide strike to begin in several days and the repercussions were already felt in Spokane.

GMO food safe but not curing hunger, report says

Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.

In brief: Tiger Woods drops out of Farmers Insurance Open with back pain

Golf: For the third time in his last eight PGA Tour events, Tiger Woods got into a cart in the middle of his round and was driven to the parking …

Shutdown leaves farmers without usual market information

WICHITA, Kan. – When Tim Peterson finished planting his 900 acres of winter wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions …

Flying farmer spots his stolen truck

A man has been arrested after a Grant County farmer flying his private plane spotted a truck and two trailers that had been stolen from his farm last week. Kevin …

Idaho farmers sue Monsanto

BOISE – Farmers in Idaho have filed a potentially class-action lawsuit against seed giant Monsanto after genetically engineered wheat was found in an eastern Oregon field. The farmers, represented by …

Landers: Farmers decisions affect hunters

Decisions farmers are making this week will have a big impact on hunters for the next decade. Sign-ups for the Conservation Reserve Program began Monday. Producers have until April 6 …

Farmers, immigrant advocates, others support bill

SEATTLE – In Olympia, it’s not all that often that immigrant advocacy groups and farmers are on the same side of a proposed bill. But the unlikely allies have teamed …

Bill would limit federal changes to dust standards

WASHINGTON – Dust regulations for farmers aren’t going to change, the Environmental Protection Agency assured Congress recently. That’s not enough for House Republicans; they want a law. The EPA was …

Local cherry season slow to start, fruit ready for picking next week

Seems patience is the secret ingredient in this year’s local growing season. The appearance of hot, sunny days may make one anxious for the fruits of mid-summer, but area farms …

Moscow farmer wants area to grow additional food crops

Rolling hills of golden wheat and the Palouse have become synonymous. But Moscow farmer Garrett Clevenger would like to see some of that wheat land directed toward producing food crops …

Farmers link losses to herbicide

BELLINGHAM – Organic farmers in Whatcom County say that herbicide contamination in the manure and compost they obtain from non-organic farms is causing severe crop damage. Farmers are blaming the …

Palouse farmer introduces green garbanzo

Wheat is the crop that gives the rolling Palouse its famous crown, but look closely at the hills and you’ll discover other plants contributing to that signature patchwork of green …

Workshops focus on saving the small farm

Farmers Lora Lea and Rick Misterly are offering workshops at their Quillisascut Farm School of the Domestic Arts that are designed to inspire and encourage their passion: preserving small farms, …

Rise in small farms is changing Ag Expo’s role

Spray. Dab. Wipe, wipe. With the type of gentle cleaning normally reserved for rebuilt cars of yesteryear, Mark Prewett swiped away every grain of grit. His made the yellow paint …

Spokane Valley farm sends fresh produce to table near you

In the early morning dark behind his Spokane Valley home, Dan Jackson is already at work. With only the small burst of light from a headlamp, he harvests heirloom tomatoes, …

Unexpected rain good for Palouse farmers

Wheat farmers in the Palouse are delighted by some unexpected rain.

Thousands of farmers expected at Spokane Ag Expo

Spokane Ag Expo, one of the largest trade shows in the Inland Northwest, is drawing thousands of food growers, from those who produce wheat for export around the world to …

Forecaster warns of long dry spell

Eastern Washington should brace for two years of dry weather. November’s rainy patterns will continue until February, an expert forecaster said Friday, but the region’s precipitation levels will drop significantly …