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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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Dairy farms take $4M hit from cows lost in blizzard

Officials say the more than 1,800 dairy cows that died in a blizzard in southern Washington state earlier this month were a nearly $4 million loss, not including the lost …


Yakima Valley farms a growing target for thieves

Bring up the subject of theft, and practically every farmer has at least one story. There’s tales of stolen irrigation parts, wire, and batteries from wind machines. But Lower Valley …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018

From farms to salmon swamps in Svensen

Clatsop County and three private property owners along Bear, Mary’s and Ferris creeks, all tributaries of the slough, have partnered with the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce and Bonneville Power …


Wisconsin sees decline in number of dairy farms

While the number of dairy farms in Wisconsin is shrinking as small operations struggle to remain profitable, expanding commercial farms have continued to increase the state’s milk production.


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.


Spokane County commissioners lift moratorium on outdoor pot grows

The Spokane County commissioners have lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, but they replaced it with zoning rules that are significantly more restrictive to the pot industry.


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017

The Slice: If city chickens farms work well, why not urban cattle ranching?

In some of the area’s gated communities, cattle might not be appreciated.


Opinions from past add perspective

Editorials covered health insurance, Columbia Basin reclamation, education and funding the Contras.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Several “delinquent and dependent children” had been sent to farm homes after an appeal was published in the paper seeking farmers willing to take …


Idaho farm exports on pace for third record year

BOISE – Idaho is on pace to set a record for agricultural exports for the third consecutive year, state officials say. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture told the Capital …


Allen Hatley’s background makes farming management second nature

Growing up, all Allen Hatley knew was farming. “My grandfather farmed. My dad farmed. It was our life.”


Boomers contribute to rise of smaller farms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture is taken every five years; the census is considered the gold standard for farming facts and figures. A census was taken in …


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 …


Longtime aerial sprayer applies expertise to Palouse farmland

OAKESDALE, Wash. – If ag pilots must endure public misconceptions about their craft – and they do – Hollywood may be partly to blame. Who could forget that iconic scene …


Farmers may soon get surface water

Surface water may be as close as ever for some Columbia Basin farmers who have been watching their groundwater slip away. The state Department of Ecology has water rights in …


Fertile fields for profit

Braden Janowski has never planted seeds or brought in a harvest. He doesn’t even own overalls. Yet when 430 acres of Michigan cornfields was auctioned last summer, it was Janowski, …


Census: Dwindling small towns determined to fight extinction

LaCROSSE, Wash. – The worn sign on the road into town reads: “Welcome to LaCrosse. Home of the Tigercats. Population 415.” It was painted a long time ago. Today the …


Farm, shop items given new purpose

If you were to happen to take Exit 2 east of Stateline, Idaho, notice signs for a “shop sale,” and follow those signs, you’d end up at Mark Olmstead’s place. …


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 …


EV district takes fresh approach to lunch

Call it corn shucking or corn husking, the group of eager fifth-graders at East Farms Elementary needed only 10 minutes to make 100 ears of fresh corn bare and prepped …


Savoring flavor grown around Spokane

Locally grown food is popular these days, with health professionals, chefs and nutritionists singing the praises of eating food that’s grown as close to the dining table as possible. There …


Oyster farm makes a few clams

OLYMPIA – After six years of operation, the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm reached a major milestone recently. Operators of the nonprofit farm offered about 50 dozen oysters for sale …