Agriculture

Pesticide Lawsuit
5:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Environmental Groups Seek Ban of Common Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

The 9th circuit court of appeals will hear arguments Monday in Seattle in a pesticide lawsuit. Three environmental groups want to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide used on some Northwest crops. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Northwest Wine Exports
7:20 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Hope To Whet-The-Whistle Of China's Emerging Middle Class

Dane Narbaitz is Long Shadows Wineries’ national and international marketing director. The Walla Walla winery has recently begun selling wine in China.
Credit Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network

Northwest winemakers are trying to whet-the-whistle of China's emerging middle class. Demand for wine is growing significantly there. And that’s drawn Chinese business delegations, restaurateurs and tourists to our region. There even may be a reality TV show that would feature Northwest wineries. Correspondent Anna King begins our story in Walla Walla, Washington.

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GMO Ban
6:26 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Southern Oregon County Will Consider GMO Ban In 2014

In November, voters in San Juan county Washington banned genetically modified crops. Now Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley could follow suit. A proposed GMO ban just qualified for the 2014 Jackson County ballot. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Farm Bill
4:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Farm Bill Extension Leaves Out Many In Northwest

Congress also failed to renew government support for organic growers’ crop insurance.
Credit USDA

Many Northwest growers are left out of the partial extension of the U.S. Farm Bill included in this week’s fiscal cliff legislation. The new law largely covers conventional agriculture and not the organics, specialty crops and conservation programs that our region’s farmers are known for.

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Dairy Prices
4:51 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Northwest Farmers Look To Congress To Prevent 'Dairy Cliff'

Milk could cost $7 a gallon if Congress doesn't act.
Credit Wikimedia

It’s not just the so-called "fiscal cliff" that Congress is trying to resolve Monday. A tentative agreement on what’s been dubbed the "dairy cliff" is aimed at avoiding a government-induced spike in the price of milk.

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Grain Terminal Dispute
6:19 am
Fri December 28, 2012

NW Wheat Growers Hope For Resolution At Grain Terminals

Northwest wheat growers are hoping for a swift resolution to a labor dispute that could keep their grain from reaching the world market. Grain terminals remain open in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle, even though the terminals' owners have implemented a contract offer unionized longshoremen rejected. Jessica Robinson has more.

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Immigration Forum
4:47 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Northwest Agriculture Industry Participates In National Immigration Forum

Many Northwest farmers have been facing a serious worker shortage.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Northwest agriculture advocates are more optimistic Congress will take up the issue of immigration after a forum this week in Washington, D.C. The effort is getting support from a surprising mix of organizations.

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Dog Fur Knitting
5:45 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Dog Fur Knitting New Craft, Old Northwest Tradition

Sweaters knitted from dog hair.
Credit Northwest News Network

As the cold winter weather rolls around, you may pull your warm wool sweater from the back of the closet. But these days, some people are knitting sweaters out of a different animal: dogs. It's a new craft movement that is actually part of a very old Northwest tradition.

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Public Range Land
6:05 am
Thu November 15, 2012

OSU Professor Proposes Rangeland Reserves

An Oregon State University professor is calling on federal managers to reduce livestock grazing on public range land. He says the combined effects of climate change and grazing can damage the soil and water. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Northwest Olive Growers
4:36 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Northwest Growers Expand Olive Tree Operations

The Durant family started in the wine grape business in Yamhill County, Ore., but are now growing increasing acres of olives – a relatively new crop to the Northwest.
Credit Durant Family

Groves of olive trees might bring to mind for you sun-soaked Mediterranean or Californian landscapes. But in the last 10 years, a few Northwest growers have significantly ramped-up their production of domestic olive oil. They harvest just in time for the holidays.

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