Department of agriculture http://nwpr.org en Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program http://nwpr.org/post/spud-snub-potato-growers-steamed-over-exclusion-nutrition-program <p>Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday finalized changes to the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC . And it will cover all fruits and veggies … all but potatoes.</p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:17:53 +0000 Jessica Robinson 42161 at http://nwpr.org Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program How The Farm Bill Could Make It Harder To Track Down Pollution http://nwpr.org/post/how-farm-bill-could-make-it-harder-track-down-pollution <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers across the country are hoping that Congress will soon pass a new Farm Bill. The bill helps guide agricultural policy. One version of the bill would limit the public’s access to information about agricultural pollution. And that is drawing interest -- and concern, from groups that don’t normally get involved with farm policy.</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:37:24 +0000 Courtney Flatt 40544 at http://nwpr.org How The Farm Bill Could Make It Harder To Track Down Pollution Alfalfa In Washington Field Tests Positive For GMO http://nwpr.org/post/alfalfa-washington-field-tests-positive-gmo <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091313AK_alfalfatest_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Tests of alfalfa seed from a field in eastern Washington have come back positive for genetically engineered genes called Round-Up-Ready.<p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:53:10 +0000 Anna King 34150 at http://nwpr.org Alfalfa In Washington Field Tests Positive For GMO Washington Issues First Dairy Fine Under 2009 Law http://nwpr.org/post/washington-issues-first-dairy-fine-under-2009-law <p>The state of Washington has fined a Yakima Valley dairy for spreading cow manure on an empty field. It’s not a big fine -- but it’s the first one issued under a 2009 law.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:19:02 +0000 Courtney Flatt 26082 at http://nwpr.org Women And Hispanic Farmers Say Discrimination Continues In Settlement http://nwpr.org/post/women-and-hispanic-farmers-say-discrimination-continues-settlement <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discriminating against farmers who are women, Hispanic, Native and African American. Numerous lawsuits have cost the government several billion dollars. The latest legal settlement is for women and Hispanic farmers who can prove they were discriminated against in the 1980s and ‘90s. But some of these farmers say the deal to make amends for discrimination is itself discriminatory.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:08:38 +0000 Jessica Robinson 18237 at http://nwpr.org Women And Hispanic Farmers Say Discrimination Continues In Settlement