Agriculture

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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Wanapum Dam & Agriculture
4:12 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Farmers Upstream Of Wanapum Dam Can't Reach Columbia For Irrigation

File photo of a cherry orchard in Eastern Washington
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:03 am

Thousands of acres of high-value cherry and apple orchards behind the damaged Wanapum Dam are at serious risk.

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WIC Program
5:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.
Credit USDA

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.

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Farming Tax Credits
5:24 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ore. Farmers Want Tax Break For Donated Crops

USDA

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 5:10 pm

Oregon farmers are hoping the state Legislature makes it worth their while to donate crops that would otherwise go to waste.

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2014 Weather Forcast
5:04 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Northwest Farmers Take Heart In Prediction Of Rainy Spring

Wheat fields in Lincoln County, Wash.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:56 pm

Northwest farmers call him “the weather man.” And at a farming conference in Spokane, he offered a reason for them to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

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Christmas Trees
4:12 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

What The Farm Bill Tucked Beneath Northwest Christmas Trees

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill.
Credit Tedder / Wikimedia Commons

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill. This could affect many growers in Oregon, which leads the country in Christmas tree production.

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Capitol Holiday Tree
5:51 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Northwest Christmas Tree Starts Long Journey To Congress' Front Lawn

The 2013 Capitol Tree, from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington, is prepared for loading onto a truck.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 5:35 pm

The Christmas tree destined for the nation's capital is set to begin a cross-country roadtrip. But getting an 80-foot tree out of a national forest isn't quite like going to a U-cut.

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2014 Olympic Uniforms
5:37 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Drive For Made-in-USA Olympic Uniforms Leads To Oregon Ranch

The design for the Team USA Opening Ceremony sweater has yet to be fully revealed. This screen grab from a Ralph Lauren video gives a peek.
Ralph Lauren

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:52 pm

A piece of the Northwest will be on display when Team USA marches in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

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Washington Apples
5:34 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Apple Production Way Up In Washington For 2012

Washington state's apple production increased by 16 percent in 2012 over 2011.
Washington Apple Commission

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:37 pm

Washington’s agricultural crops in 2012 are up 6 percent from the year before. A recent USDA report say agricultural products reached nearly $10 billion.

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Northwest News
9:04 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

Some of this season's Comice pear harvest is rotting in Pacific Northwest orchards because there aren't enough workers to pick it.
Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 10:12 am

It's always a bit sad to say goodbye to summer corn and tomatoes, and settle into fall.

There are consolations, though — like the new crop of pears. Over 80 percent of America's fresh pears are grown in the Pacific Northwest, and this year's harvest is slated to be one of the biggest on record.

But some of the fruit is rotting in the orchards because there aren't enough workers to pick them.

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