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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: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Speaker: Next generation must use new ideas to save farms

Two young boys wearing matching cowboy hats climbed up the ladder into the Case/IH Steiger quadtrac that was as big as a barn. The farm boys sat in the plush …


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.


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 …


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 …


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: 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 …


Flooding, a trade war and Deere cuts outlook again

Deere & Co. cut its profit expectations for the second time this year as beleaguered farmers and an escalating trade war with China cut into sales.


Wheat harvest reaped grain and abundant goodwill as Ritzville rallied to help farmer fighting cancer

Farmers came together to help a neighbor harvest 1,200 acres in six hours after learning that Larry Yockey knew he would not be able to cut his wheat after he …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

Some big farms collect even bigger checks from Trump aid package

An aid package for American farmers hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has meant big checks for some big operations.


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.


Review: “The Biggest Little Farm” cultivates a captivating look at couple’s endeavor

Since premiering at the Telluride Film Festival last year, “The Biggest Little Farm” has been a sensation on the festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. The documentary chronicles …


Plant experts: Allergy season here for another month, but rainy days a silver lining

Spring flowers can get a bad rap when it comes to the season of itchy, watery eyes and exacerbated asthma, but biologists from Eastern Washington University and Washington State University …


Robots take the wheel as autonomous farm machines hit the field

The first fully autonomous farm equipment is becoming commercially available, which means machines will be able to completely take over a multitude of tasks. Tractors will drive with no farmer …


UPDATED: Sun., March 24, 2019

Kimberly, Idaho, family finds its niche in mint

You may not recognize a mint farmer by the looks of him, but his aromatic crop is unmistakable. Its sweet, spicy-cool scent makes mint one of man’s most valued herbs.


Forum on farm worker housing in Yakima in the works

Efforts toward a collaborative policy on temporary farm worker housing in Yakima County are moving forward.


Then and Now: East Spokane grain elevators

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


The Full Suburban: Five easy steps to becoming a farmer

Today we introduce Julia Ditto to the pages of the Today section. Ditto will write a monthly column on her life and adventures raising her family in the Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the …


Rob Curley: Ag series turns into more than we could’ve expected; book to be released in December

Like all places, there’s typically a big difference between how the locals view their communities versus how the rest of the world views them. It was that very idea that …


With industry in decline, wild blueberries sing the blues

The Maine wild blueberry industry harvests one of the most beloved fruit crops in New England, but it’s locked in a downward skid in a time when other nutrition-packed foods, …


UPDATED: Sat., July 21, 2018

Farms vanishing fast in Meridian: ‘Growth is pushing us out’

Though they get up before dawn and often work until sunset, most farmers love their lifestyle and take pride in bringing their crops, milk and animals to consumers’ dinner tables. …


Market still strong for Valley’s agricultural commodities

Agriculture in the Yakima Valley and Pacific Northwest is looking strong, according to a series of reports from Northwest Farm Credit Services released this week.


Chickpeas, lentils and other ‘pulses’ are having a renaissance moment – and it’s a boon for Northwest farmers

Pulses are a class of legumes that include lentils, chickpeas, dry peas and dry beans. They’re popping up in grocery stores in a variety of familiar products and new inventions, …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

Immigration puts hop growers in a pinch

The supply of workers has dwindled in recent years as more people are reluctant to go out into the fields “out of fear they’ll be forced to leave.”


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

Whether your brew of choice is Budweiser or Bale Breaker, there are few places on Earth where you can sip a cold pint knowing the flavors came from a farm …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

Hops science driven by flavor trends

Historically, hops were mostly used as a bittering agent in beer. But the craft beer industry has changed that, giving rise to aroma hops designed to impart notes of fruit, …