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
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
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
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
The Chat with Keith Stocker of Snohomish's Stocker Farms
Date: 09/29/2015 | The Chat
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
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
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
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
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
Family recognized for operating same small farm for 127 years
Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
Visit trio of Washington's best cideries on the Olympic peninsula
Date: 08/07/2015 | Life
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
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
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
MOSCOW, Idaho — Agricultural experts say the current heat wave can have a negative impact on farmers’ crops.
Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest
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
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
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
Salt & Thistle aims to be marketplace for small farmers
Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
The water wars have begun.
Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World
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
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
Farms in Snohomish County serve as wedding venues
Date: 03/26/2015 | Home and Garden
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
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
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
We find out what's happening at this Snohomish farm
Date: 03/17/2015 | Whats Up With That?
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
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
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
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
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
Temple Grandin to speak about animal behavior, autism
Date: 01/22/2015 | Home and Garden
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Monroe conference is where to find a bumper crop of ideas
Date: 11/16/2014 | Life
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
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
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
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
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
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
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