Agriculture

Grain Negotiations
5:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Inslee Calls For Negotiations At Vancouver Grain Terminal, Ends Police Escort For Inspectors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a grain terminal in Vancouver.
Credit Sam Churchill / Flickr

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a terminal in Vancouver.

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Wild Horse Removal
7:16 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year

The Bureau of Land Management plans to remove fewer wild horses from rangelands in the coming months.
Credit MTSOfan / Flickr

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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Klamath Basin Water
7:18 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Could An Alliance Of Tribes And Farmers Solve Klamath’s Water Woes?

The Klamath Basin spans northern California and southern Oregon and has seen frequent water crises between the farming, ranching, tribal and environmental communities.
Credit Devan Schwartz / EarthFix

Much of the West is entering a second straight summer of drought. In Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin, ranchers are once again watching their pastureland go dry for a lack of water. That has them preparing to sell their livestock earlier – and for lower prices – than they’d like.

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Northwest Agriculture
5:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer.
Credit jayneandd / Flickr

Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The projections indicate a down year in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

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Concord Grapes
7:23 am
Fri June 20, 2014

What Climate Change Could Mean For Your Grape Juice

Grape researcher Markus Keller.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

When you think of grapes in the Northwest, wine is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Concord juice grapes actually are Washington’s most widely planted grape. It turns out, juice grapes are more susceptible to warming weather than their wine grape cousins. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Klamath Basin Refuges
7:41 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds

Wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin often feature a mixture of commercial agriculture and what remains of the historic wetlands.
Credit EarthFix

A prolonged drought is putting pressure on water supplies for the Klamath Basin’s wildlife refuges.

EarthFix’s Devan Schwartz reports on how the nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this summer to provide a stopover for millions of migratory birds.

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New Fertilizer
7:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

A Better Stink: Why New Fertilizer Uses Food Scraps Instead Of Fish Goo

Eric Peterson is a produce clerk at the Redmond, Wash. PCC, he loads some leafy greens into the Harvester.
Credit Rae Ellen Bichell / KPLU

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.

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Cherry Harvest
4:23 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Washington’s Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued Up This Season

Northwest sweet cherry growers say this season they'll likely pick their third-largest haul ever.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

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Northwest Farms
5:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Fewer Northwest Farms, But They’re Bigger And More Valuable

Calves at a dairy operation in southern Idaho.
Credit Peggy Greb / USDA

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.

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Stinkbug Invasion
6:57 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Something Smells: Invasion Of The Stink Bugs!

Originally from Asia, the brown marmorated stink bug first appeared in Pennsylvania in 1998. It has since made its way across the United States.
Credit Lildobe

Northwest researchers are teaming up to stop an invasion of stink bugs moving across the region. The bugs, which can smell like dirty gym socks, ruin tree fruit and grape vines. Those crops are vital to Northwest agriculture.

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