Agriculture

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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Northwest Wheat Farming
6:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Northwest Farmers Plant Wheat In Dust, Hope For Rain

Most of us may be enjoying the fall sunshine, but Northwest wheat farmers are instead wishing for a little rain. Correspondent Anna King caught up with one Northwest wheat grower in the vast Horse Heaven Hills near Prosser, Washington.

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Genetically Engineered Crops
4:22 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Study: GMO Crops Need More Herbicide To Fend Off 'Superweeds'

Charles Benbrook is a researcher with Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
WSU

Farmers of genetically engineered crops are dramatically increasing their use of herbicides. That’s according to a new study out of Washington State University. Researchers say farmers are spraying more in response to the rise of so-called “superweeds.”

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Wolf Hunt Ended
5:38 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Alpha Male Wolf In Wedge Pack Killed, Ending State Hunt

The hunt for the Wedge Pack is over. The alpha male of the pack was killed Thursday.
ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.

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Fires Affect Hunting Season
5:19 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Northwest Fire Season Overlapping With Hunting Season

Wildfires have closed some prime hunting grounds in the Northwest.
Dennis Stern USFS Gila National Forest

Evacuation notices around the Northwest have subsided as fire crews beat back the threat of wildfire to homes and subdivisions.

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Response To Wolf Kills
5:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group

The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers.
Northwest News Network

Washington wildlife officials killed three more grey wolves near the Canadian border Wednesday . That brings the total kill to five this week. The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers, and for one environmental organization that supported the action.

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Gillnet Ban
4:40 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Anti-Gillnet Coalition Suspends Ballot Measure Campaign

The sponsors of a measure to ban gillnets on the Columbia River say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor.
Daily Inter Lake FWS

The group that's asking Oregon voters to ban the use of gillnets along the Columbia River says it's suspending its ballot measure campaign. The sponsors of the measure say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor to do essentially the same thing.

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Washington's Apple Crop
4:52 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Much Of Washington’s Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Much of this year's apple crop will likely rot, because there are not enough workers to get all the fruit in time.
Anne Burgess Wikimedia Commons

Washington state apple farmers have the second largest crop in history but too few pickers to get it all in this harvest. A worker shortage means there won’t be enough people to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough.

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Wolf Pack Reprieve
6:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

4 Wolves Get A Reprieve From Government Kill Order

State officials have called off orders to kill four members of a wolf pack in Northeastern Washington. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Fertilizer Fraud
5:09 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Oregon On The Lookout For Fertilizer Fraud

Many fertilizer products are used to cultivate marijuana.
Oregon Drug Enforcement Administration

The state of Oregon is on the lookout for fraudulent fertilizer. State regulators say it’s a growing problem for indoor gardeners. The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently cracked down on a California company that it says was selling a potentially harmful product.

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