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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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Undercover Agriculture Video
4:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawsuits Charge ‘Ag-Gag’ Laws Violate Free Speech In Idaho, Utah

The group Mercy for Animals released video in 2012 of workers at Bettencourt Dairy in Idaho abusing cows. The incident led Idaho lawmakers to outlaw surreptitious video at farms.
Credit Mercy for Animals

A lawsuit lead by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new, so-called “ag-gag” law. That's the law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses. As Jessica Robinson reports, Idaho's law isn't the first to be challenged on free speech grounds.

Last year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against a Utah law very similar to Idaho’s. Both laws criminalize shooting video without the farm owner's permission.

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Low Temperatures
6:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Cold Weather Challenges Ranchers And Dairies

Len McIrvin checks on his Herford cattle in the cold weather in southcentral Washington outside of Patterson.
Credit Anna King

The region’s cold snap has many dairy operators and ranchers taking extra care with their livestock. When it’s cold, cattle and other types of livestock tend to eat more to stay warm.

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Dairy Fine
5:19 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Washington Issues First Dairy Fine Under 2009 Law

The state of Washington has fined a Yakima Valley dairy for spreading cow manure on an empty field. It’s not a big fine -- but it’s the first one issued under a 2009 law.

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Water Contamination
6:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Yakima Dairies Agree to Reduce Nitrate Contamination

Four Eastern Washington dairies have agreed to reduce pollution that’s been contaminating drinking water. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Yakima Valley Dairies
5:14 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Groups Sue Dairies Over Groundwater Pollution

Two environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit against several Yakima Valley dairies. The groups say the dairies harm people’s health and the environment.

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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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Cattle Abuse Video
5:52 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Companies Under Fire For Ties To Idaho Dairy Where Cow Abuse Took Place

A California animal rights group is publicly asking Burger King to sever its ties with an Idaho dairy. The demand from Mercy for Animals comes after the group shot undercover video at a dairy barn over the summer. Scott Graf reports from Boise State Public Radio.

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Yakima Diary Farm's
5:57 am
Fri September 28, 2012

A Report Links Yakima Valley Nitrates to Dairies

Photo of dairy cows.
Photo Credit: Andre Engels

GRANGER, Wash. – A federal agency has concluded that dairies in the Yakima Valley are likely contaminating residential wells. Scientists and other officials presented the information this week to local residents.

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