Agriculture

Grow Haiti Project
4:12 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

A Taste Of The Caribbean In Your Own Backyard

The first flats ready for customers on the Grow Haiti project.
Log House Plants

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:55 pm

Spring planting season is coming early this year for a lot of home gardeners. And this year some Pacific Northwest nurseries are getting familiar with the flavors of the Caribbean.

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Tastier Veggies
4:21 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Plant Breeders Aim To Save Northwest From Bland Veggies

OSU plant breeder Jim Myers examines tomatoes in a greenhouse on the Corvallis campus.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 8:08 pm

You know the beautiful, mass-produced tomatoes you can buy at the grocery store? You can drop one and it'll bounce back unharmed, but doesn't taste like much.

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Asparagus
6:26 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

In Time For Easter: Northwest Asparagus Popping Up Early

Asparagus spears grow from a underground crown. They send up the new shoots daily. Workers pass over a field each morning to collect what's grown. Later, the spears are sorted by size and bundled at a plant in Pasco.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:44 am

Northwest asparagus fields are sprouting about 10 days earlier than usual this spring. It’s in time for Easter brunch, but a headache for farmers.

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Northwest Cherry Harvest
7:24 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Northwest Cherry Crop Could Set New Early Record This Year

The recent warm weather jump-started cherry orchards to bud out. But early tender fruit blossoms can cause sleepless farmers.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 3:44 pm

The region's recent stretch of warm weather means Northwest sweet cherries will likely be going early to market this year.

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Bird Flu
6:38 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Bird Flu Unlikely To Fly Out Of The Northwest Anytime Soon

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

Washington state agriculture officials are preparing for the scenario that highly-contagious bird flu will be in the Northwest -- maybe for years.

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Bird Flu
3:17 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Agriculture Officials To Kill Up To 5,000 Birds In Washington State Due To Avian Flu Outbreak

In this file photo Randy Wilson with the USDA holds a duck just after testing it for avian flu in Kennewick, Wash. on January 12, 2015.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:18 pm

Government agriculture officials will kill up to 5,000 ducks, geese, chickens, pheasants and turkeys due to a bird flu outbreak at a hunting operation Washington's Okanogan county.

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Bird Flu
7:18 am
Tue January 13, 2015

The Hunt Is On For Bird Flu In Washington

In Kennewick, Wash., Leslie Linderoth and Phoebe Smurthwaite, 13, hold thier Bantam chicken after USDA officials tested it for avian influenza.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

China is now on the list of countries that have shut down trade for U.S. poultry products after discoveries of avian flu in Washington and Oregon. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state officials are testing flocks near the latest outbreaks in southeast Washington.

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Port Delay
4:12 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

'They're All Perishable': Idaho Farm Products Languish At Ports

Cranes at the Port of Seattle
Michael Adams Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 3:03 pm

Farmers in Idaho say hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of beef, potatoes, apples, cheese and other products are languishing in storage because of problems at West Coast ports.

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Northwest Exports
7:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Northwest Exporters Eye New Opportunities In Cuba

Credit Clyde Robinson / Flickr

Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends. They're better among many still trying to sort out what President Obama's announcement Wednesday of changes in Cuba policy mean for them.

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Port Delays
7:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Port Slowdowns Keep Northwest Farm Exports Stuck On The Ranch

Drex Gauntt says much of his 2014 hay crop is still under the shed on his farm and he hasn't been paid for it because of delays at Western sea ports.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

A slow down at Western ports is now aggravating farmers across the Northwest. Produce processors are laying off production line workers. Apples are backing up. And the summer’s premium hay is stacked in sheds not moving.

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