farming http://nwpr.org en 'Third Plate' Reimagines Farm-To-Table Eating To Nourish The Land http://nwpr.org/post/third-plate-reimagines-farm-table-eating-nourish-land Perched on a farm along the Hudson River is Dan Barber's award-winning restaurant, <a href="http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/blue-hill-stone-barns">Blue Hill at Stone Barns</a>. The food that's harvested on the farm year-round is what is served to diners daily.<p>But this champion of the farm-to-table movement noticed that farming and consuming foods locally still <em></em>wasn't all that sustainable.<p>"Tomatoes are the all star of the farm-to-table world. But in fact, they're like the Hummers of the vegetable world," he tells NPR <em>Morning Edition</em> host Renee Montagne. Tue, 20 May 2014 10:59:00 +0000 editor 46186 at http://nwpr.org 'Third Plate' Reimagines Farm-To-Table Eating To Nourish The Land A Better Stink: Why New Fertilizer Uses Food Scraps Instead Of Fish Goo http://nwpr.org/post/better-stink-why-new-fertilizer-uses-food-scraps-instead-fish-goo <p>When you think organic you probably visualize crisp, sweet-smelling veggies and fruit. But it turns out that fresh food is often grown in some pretty foul fertilizer. In fact it’s so bad it’s been known to make farmworkers gag. Now, as correspondent Anna King found out, there’s one new sweeter-smelling organic option developed right here in the Northwest. Mon, 19 May 2014 14:40:50 +0000 Anna King 46125 at http://nwpr.org A Better Stink: Why New Fertilizer Uses Food Scraps Instead Of Fish Goo Washington’s Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued Up This Season http://nwpr.org/post/washington-s-third-largest-cherry-crop-queued-season <p>Northwest sweet cherry growers say this season they'll likely pick their third-largest haul ever. That's 20 million boxes full. But there’s plenty that can happen to cherries even the day of harvest.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 23:23:52 +0000 Anna King 45796 at http://nwpr.org Washington’s Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued Up This Season Fewer Northwest Farms, But They’re Bigger And More Valuable http://nwpr.org/post/fewer-northwest-farms-they-re-bigger-and-more-valuable <p>The number of farms in the Northwest is dropping. That's according to newly released federal farm data. But there's more to the story. The average size and value of Northwest farms are going up.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:26:25 +0000 Jessica Robinson 45570 at http://nwpr.org Fewer Northwest Farms, But They’re Bigger And More Valuable Alfalfa Growers Hope to Harvest More Green This Year http://nwpr.org/post/alfalfa-growers-hope-harvest-more-green-year <p>Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer. Rain can leach nutrients out of drying hay and rot away any profits. But this year, hay markets are primed if growers can duck the storm clouds.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:06:45 +0000 Anna King 44399 at http://nwpr.org Alfalfa Growers Hope to Harvest More Green This Year Northwest Asparagus Growers Trying To Delay Harvest For Better Prices http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-asparagus-growers-trying-delay-harvest-better-prices <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco. The green points are the first crop harvested in spring. But this year farmers say they might not get the best prices.&nbsp; That’s because Mexican and Californian spears have flooded the market.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:19:43 +0000 Anna King 43982 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Asparagus Growers Trying To Delay Harvest For Better Prices Northwest Women Farmers Gather To Strategize Land Management http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-women-farmers-gather-strategize-land-management <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Women farmers met this weekend in Vancouver, WA, Idaho Falls, ID and Corvallis, OR to share strategies for managing their land. Amelia Templeton reports Washington State University organized a video conference in a dozen cities across the Northwest to help women farmers connect.</span></p><p>According to the latest census data, women make up about 20 percent of farm operators in Oregon and Washington and just 12 percent in Idaho. Their numbers have fallen since the 2007 census.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:47:44 +0000 Amelia Templeton 42939 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-bill-banning-secret-video-farms-moves-ahead <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A measure that seeks to bar animal rights activists from making undercover video in Idaho dairies is moving ahead in the state House. What critics call the </span>“ag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gag” bill is a reaction to a 2012 video that showed workers abusing cows at a farm near Twin Falls. Farmers say they need protection from what they call “vigilante” tactics.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:38:57 +0000 Jessica Robinson 41771 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead Census Of Agriculture Shows Fewer Oregon Farms http://nwpr.org/post/census-agriculture-shows-fewer-oregon-farms <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New statistics from the US Department of Agriculture show the number of working farms in Oregon shrank by more than 8 percent between 2007 and 2012. The figures were included in preliminary data from the agency's 2012 Census of Agriculture.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:26:51 +0000 David Nogueras 41770 at http://nwpr.org Census Of Agriculture Shows Fewer Oregon Farms Ore. Farmers Want Tax Break For Donated Crops http://nwpr.org/post/ore-farmers-want-tax-break-donated-crops <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021914CL_cropcredit_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon farmers are hoping the state Legislature makes it worth their while to donate crops that would otherwise go to waste.<p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:24:42 +0000 Chris Lehman 41707 at http://nwpr.org Ore. Farmers Want Tax Break For Donated Crops