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California winemakers use less water to grow grapes

RUTHERFORD, Calif. — The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Drought destroys Whidbey Island farmer’s pumpkin patch

SEATTLE — A fifth-generation farmer in Washington says the drought has taken a toll on his normally bountiful pumpkin patch.KING-TV reported that Dale Sherman’s 11-acre pumpkin patch on Whidbey Island, which produced 110 tons last year, was mostly weeds this fall.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Northwest

Cage-free eggs will change the industry

Will the next egg you crack come from a chicken raised in a roomier barn?Foodies and farmers are in unusual agreement on the answer: If not now, then soon enough.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

Livestock owner near Ferndale fined for manure pollution

FERNDALE — The state Department of Ecology has fined a livestock owner $12,000 for polluting waterways with manure north of Bellingham.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Pumpkin spice interview

The Chat with Keith Stocker of Snohomish's Stocker Farms

Date: 09/29/2015 | The Chat

Post Holdings to buy Northwest egg supplier

ST. LOUIS — Post Holdings plans to spend $90 million to buy an egg producer that serves the Northwest in a deal announced a few months after the cereal maker’s egg supply took a hit from a deadly bird flu outbreak.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Spotlight on local beer, spirits at inaugural Carleton Farms Brew Fest

The inaugural Carleton Farms Brew Fest will shine a light on a number of local breweries and distilleries this weekend, and one brewery from nearly 500 miles away.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Hops & Sips

Women in farming

For many in Snohomish County, it's a second career

Date: 09/16/2015 | Business

McDonald’s announces shift to cage-free eggs

The maker of the Egg McMuffin is taking a stand, and it could drastically change the eggs Americans eat.McDonald's announced this morning that it will begin working toward eliminating all eggs purchased from farms that cage their hens, in both the United States and Canada.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire

Worker safety at dairies needs the Legislature’s attention

As we celebrate Labor Day, I want to take this opportunity to thank all workers for the contributions they make to our economy. I hope all get to enjoy end-of-summer picnics and barbecues, watch a baseball game or participate in some other family activity this weekend.Last...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Commentary

County should look at why farms are struggling

Contrary to the perception created by Snohomish County that county agriculture is doing well, is the reality that agriculture has been loosing $1 million dollars in production every year for the last twenty years. Ironically that is the period from 1992 to 2012 when the...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Commentary

'A good life, a good valley'

Family recognized for operating same small farm for 127 years

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

General Mills sells Green Giant brand

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills sold Green Giant, the vegetable business that began in farms in south central Minnesota and became a symbol of the growing convenience of food delivery in the mid-20th century, to B & G Foods Inc., a food processor best known for Cream of Wheat and Pirate brands.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Program looking for historic barns to save

Got an old barn you think should be preserved?The state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is accepting applications for funding through the Heritage Barn Rehabilitation Grant Program.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Home and Garden

Foster Farms in Kelso fined for untreated chicken wastewater release

KELSO — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Foster Farms in Kelso $44,000 for releasing untreated chicken processing wastewater to a treatment plant.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Celebrating the family farm

Walking through The Evergreen State Fair can nearly overwhelm the senses: the flickering lights of carnival rides, the bleats of goats and bass thumps from the concert stages, the soft wool of sheep, a Purple Cow's cooling flavors...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Editorials

A shellfish empire

It was built 'one shovelful at a time'

Date: 08/26/2015 | Business

Help save the planet, skip the salad

As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Nation & World

Washington apple crop may be 3rd largest ever

SPOKANE — Washington’s new apple crop, easily the nation’s largest, is projected to be 125.2 million 40-pound cartons this season, the third largest in state history.The Washington Apple Commission last week projected this year’s crop will be 10.5 percent lower than last year’s record crop.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire

Cider days

Visit trio of Washington's best cideries on the Olympic peninsula

Date: 08/07/2015 | Life

Nature is at the root of new preschool in Monroe

MONROE — At a new preschool here, kids will be listening to Mozart in a barn, collecting eggs from a chicken coup, feeding farm animals and tending a garden.Teacher Korista Minney is putting an outdoorsy spin on early-childhood education with a program that combines...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Local News

Washington cranberry growers anxious for fall rain at harvest

LONG BEACH — A cranberry crop ripening in the sun could be Washington’s best in years, but growers are anxious for rain to resume before bogs need to be flooded for the harvest.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Northwest

High court: Washington farmworkers entitled to break pay

SEATTLE — Farmworkers who are paid by how much they pick are entitled to separate, additional pay for their rest breaks, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday in a unanimous opinion that could have major implications for the state's agriculture industry — as well as...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Current heat wave can have negative impact on crops

MOSCOW, Idaho — Agricultural experts say the current heat wave can have a negative impact on farmers’ crops.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest

California slashes water for farmers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.The...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

GMO ban takes effect in Jackson County

Jackson County’s first-in-Oregon GMO ban has taken effect.Saturday was the first day people could alert county officials about violations of the ban on growing genetically altered crops.

Date: 06/08/2015 | Northwest

USDA won’t probe organic farms complaint

Aerial photographs taken last summer of some of the largest organic egg and dairy farms in the United States showed few animals outside on pasture, but the USDA will not investigate whether these operations are violating rules for organic agriculture, officials wrote last week.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Nation & World

Going local in Stanwood

Salt & Thistle aims to be marketplace for small farmers

Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News

Lawsuit settlement tightens rules for 3 Yakima dairies

YAKIMA — Three dairies in Yakima Valley are operating under stricter sanitation standards following Monday’s resolution of a years-long lawsuit.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Northwest

Take your pick

When and where to find a farmers market near you

Date: 05/07/2015 | Home and Garden

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Date: 04/30/2015 | Home and Garden

Hired hunters kill loose buffalo herd

COEYMANS, N.Y. — Fifteen buffaloes that escaped from a farm were intentionally shot and killed Friday after they dashed past a group of police, crossed a major highway and ended up near some schools, authorities said.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World

CDC plans bird flu vaccine for humans

MINNEAPOLIS — Federal officials said Wednesday they’re taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that’s slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.

Date: 04/22/2015 | Nation & World

Towels, TP are new uses for wheat straw

WICHITA, Kan. — A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Nation & World

Carly Fiorina right about drought woes, farm groups say

The water wars have begun.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

Groundwater is California’s next crisis

Most signs of California's unrelenting drought are easy to spot, with mountains that should be snow-peaked stained brown and reservoirs already half-empty.But the most alarming feature of the state's water shortage remains hidden, scientists say. California is running low on...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

Gov. Jerry Brown orders mandatory water limits

ECHO LAKE, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.Standing in...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World

Tie the knot in a barn

Farms in Snohomish County serve as wedding venues

Date: 03/26/2015 | Home and Garden

Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen

LONDON — One of the world’s most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World

FDA OKs genetically engineered apples, spuds

BOISE, Idaho — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles.The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Business Wire

Canada likely to get early start on planting

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Farmers in Canada will probably be able to sow grain and oilseed crops early this year because warmer-than-usual weather is forecast for the spring.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Business Wire

Field of poles

We find out what's happening at this Snohomish farm

Date: 03/17/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Drought ravages once-fertile fields of California

MENDOTA, Calif. — In this region that calls itself "The Cantaloupe Center of the World," vast fields that once annually yielded millions of melons lie fallow. And, for some farmers, planting tomatoes and other traditional row crops may now constitute acts of...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World

Deadly flu strain found in turkey farms

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota turkey farmers are increasing precautionary measures after a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza wiped out a flock of 15,000 birds in about a week.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Business Wire

FDA finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk

WASHINGTON — In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Nation & World

No federal water for California farms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal agency said Friday it will not release any water for Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.It will be the second year of no federal water for farmers in the...

Date: 02/28/2015 | Business Wire

State Supreme Court to hear case involving farmworkers’ pay

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case this spring that could affect farmers and farmworkers across the state.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest

Twin passions

Temple Grandin to speak about animal behavior, autism

Date: 01/22/2015 | Home and Garden

Washington House considers outlawing undercover farm videos

OLYMPIA — A bill by a farmer-legislator that would make it a criminal act to make audio or video recordings of a farm’s practices without the landowner’s written consent is being considered by the state House.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest

Oregon agriculture officials adopting hemp farming rules

SALEM, Ore. — As Oregon gets ready for legal recreational pot at mid-year, some farmers are eager to put in their first crops of hemp, the marijuana cousin that won’t get you high.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

Oregon farmer killed by falling hay bales

MADRAS, Ore. — An Oregon farmer has been killed by falling hay bales.Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins says the 76-year-old farmer apparently was moving the hay when several bales fell and pinned him against his tractor, likely suffocating him.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest

Avian flu found in state flock

OLYMPIA — Avian influenza has been found in a backyard poultry flock in southeast Washington after previously showing up in wild birds in the northwest part of the state, but there is no immediate public health concern, state officials said Friday.The virus has not...

Date: 01/02/2015 | Northwest

Keeping it wild

Camano family honored for farm stewardship

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

Oregon ag agency expands water quality monitoring

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to expand the monitoring of Oregon farm land for compliance with federal water quality law.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest

County in Oregon holds off enforcement of GMO ban

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County won’t be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa famers is resolved.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Northwest

Washington apple crop lower than estimate

YAKIMA, Wash. — The 2014 apple crop came in 3 percent less than forecast but is still a record 150 million boxes. The crop is measured in 40-pound boxes.

Date: 12/11/2014 | Business Wire

Christie nears decision on pig crates

NEWARK, N.J. — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has until Monday to decide whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages — a piece of legislation seen by many as a gauge of his presidential ambitions.The bill would ban pig farmers in the state from...

Date: 11/29/2014 | Business Wire

Oil boom leaves Canada short of cowboys

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — There's been a lot of attention paid to how Canada's oil boom has helped make gasoline cheaper. What many people may not realize is that it's also driving up prices for burgers and steaks.Surging energy investment in Prairie Provinces, home to most...

Date: 11/26/2014 | Business Wire

So, you want to farm?

Monroe conference is where to find a bumper crop of ideas

Date: 11/16/2014 | Life

Near-record juice grape harvest in Washington

GRANDVIEW — Growers of Concord juice grapes have harvested a near-record crop in Washington.Figures compiled for the growers estimate the crop at 264,000 tons, the third-highest on record and well above the 10-year average of 190,000 tons.

Date: 11/15/2014 | Business Wire

State pot grower plans an auction

PROSSER — A marijuana grower in Prosser is planning to auction about 500 pounds of pot in Washington’s first state-sanctioned marijuana auction.

Date: 11/14/2014 | Business Wire

Northwest has record crop of sweet cherries

KENNEWICK — An unusually hot summer didn’t stop Northwest growers from hand-picking their largest-ever sweet cherry crop this year.

Date: 10/30/2014 | Business Wire

More charges sought against Oregon blueberry farms

SALEM, Ore. — The U.S. Department of Labor wants to pursue additional charges against Oregon blueberry farmers that it accuses of “hot goods” labor law violations.

Date: 10/24/2014 | Northwest

Record year for state raspberry harvest

BELLINGHAM — The raspberry harvest in Washington this year was a record 72.5 million pounds.Most of that — 69 million pounds — was produced by farmers in Whatcom County.

Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire

Frightful fun

Snohomish County's haunted places for Halloween

Date: 10/14/2014 | Entertainment

USDA ups expected corn, soybean harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa — The expected record corn and soybean harvest will be slightly bigger than previously estimated, the result of late summer warmth that helped fill cornstalks with ears and soybean plants with bean pods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

Date: 10/11/2014 | Business Wire

Washington farmers re-think labor-intensive crops

KENNEWICK — The difficulty Washington farmers face in finding enough skilled seasonal workers may limit how much labor-intensive crops like apples and wine grapes they can grow.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Northwest

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