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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

New wheat variety ‘Ryan’ could boost markets for Washington farmers

The variety of soft-white wheat, which has been under development for a decade, was called “Ryan” in honor of the late Ryan A. Davis, a WSU alum and former manager …


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 …


Then and Now: Jacobsen’s Bakery

Olaf A. Jacobsen was born in Norway in 1860 and arrived in Spokane in 1888. He started a bakery on the corner of College Avenue and North Ash Street in …


Then and Now: Spokane Flour Mill

From the early milling business boom, only the Spokane Flour Mill still stands. It almost didn’t get going.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Cop tickets ‘whole truckload’ of macaroni company’s employees for speeding

Spokane’s U.S. Macaroni Manufacturing Co. – the entire company, not just one employee – was cited for speeding on Apple Way.


WSU researchers set sights on wheat variety to combat celiac disease

A genetically modified variety of wheat with built-in enzymes to break down gluten have been produced in laboratories. Now, the researchers are hoping to refine the idea in an effort …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Washington farmers face rising costs, uncertain markets in ongoing trade war

Washington farmers can expect a tougher year covering expenses even if political leaders finalize trade agreements with the countries that import apples, beef and wheat from the Evergreen State, a …


Local farm offices to open briefly during shutdown

Three Eastern Washington offices of the Farm Service Agency will reopen Thursday, Friday and Tuesday to assist producers and ranchers with existing loans and tax preparation amid the partial government …


Then and Now: East Spokane grain elevators

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


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

Farmers, state watching for signs export markets will reopen

Washington farmers watching closely for a truce in the tariff war that could reopen markets to China.


Spokane duo aims to show gluten free not that bad

Flour Farm, a fully-certified organic, gluten-free flour blend, started in Teri Delany’s kitchen as she worked to improve the hand pies sold at Dave DuPree’s businesses.


Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said …


McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Mike Conaway meet with farmers, call for action on trade

Just hours after votes were counted her closest election to date, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers hosted a breakfast Wednesday featuring a powerful Republican from Texas and a score of …


FDA investigating possible link between grain-free dog food and heart disease

Dog food containing potatoes, chickpeas, lentils and other legumes as main ingredients – often marketed as “grain-free” to appeal to health-conscious pet owners who are willing to pay a premium …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Farm groups, fearing a trade war, voice concerns to McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Thursday she is concerned about the potential impact of President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs and his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Trump should listen to Washington wheat farmers on tariffs

The congresswoman urged President Donald Trump to listen to the concerns raised by wheat farmers over the inclusion of their crop on a list of American agricultural products subject to …


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Region’s wheat growers wary of Chinese tariffs in response to Trump trade moves

China’s inclusion of U.S. wheat in its plans for retaliatory tariffs based on pledges by the Donald Trump administration has drawn concerns from the region’s wheat producers, who are already …


Shawn Vestal: Worried farmers keep wondering if Trump will pivot on detrimental trade policies

President Trump reaped a lot of support in farm country. Farm country might wonder if it’s reaping any from him.


Wheat growers wary of Trump budget’s changes to crop insurance programs

Washington’s wheat growers are pushing back on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal that once again proposes cuts to crop insurance programs.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

As new Asia-Pacific trade pact nears, U.S. wheat growers fear competitive disadvantage

United States wheat exports could slow significantly because of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Quality of Idaho wheat crop ‘superb’ this year

Although Idaho wheat production is down 9 percent from last year and 5 percent from the five-year average, growers and industry leaders are reporting excellent overall quality.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 7:45 a.m.

Taiwan signs $576 million wheat deal with United States

Taiwan has once again agreed to purchase a large share of U.S. wheat over the next two years, with most of it coming from Idaho, North Dakota and Montana.


Wet spring and summer’s heat deliver mixed wheat harvest

Most years, the Green family can harvest through the month of August with few interruptions. But this year’s harvest has been more sporadic. A protracted rainy season was followed by …


Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay

Officials in North Dakota have arranged for tons of donated hay for drought-impacted ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana. Now they need truckers to haul it.


Eastern Oregon wheat farmers seeing improved yields

Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters …


Human history fed by wheat

From the ancient Egyptians to farm kids riding on Palouse tractors, the history of wheat spans our history.


The world of wheat: Growing grain in Washington

The wheels of Bill Myers’ black Jeep flung dust into the air at each bend of the gravel road that winds through his 3,300 acres of hilly farmland northwest of …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

A day in the fields at WSU’s Dryland Research Station

On a gray morning in the middle of June, more than 100 farmers, scientists and wheat industry leaders gathered at Washington State University’s Dryland Research Station, a cluster of fields …


Fear not, pasta lovers: your meal is safe from wheat price surge

The unsold wheat sitting inside Buzz Mattelin’s grain silos in Montana should offer some comfort to American noodle lovers. Benchmark wheat futures in Chicago have jumped more than 37 percent …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Extreme heat broils the Dakotas and Montana; flash drought takes toll on wheat crop

A massive and intense heat dome has spread over the northern Plains and mountain West, sucking moisture out of the soil, and may persist for weeks. The scorching heat and …