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Another case of avian flu has been confirmed in birds in Washington state -- this time in a backyard flock in Port Angeles.

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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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Farmers across the country are hoping that Congress will soon pass a new Farm Bill. The bill helps guide agricultural policy. One version of the bill would limit the public’s access to information about agricultural pollution. And that is drawing interest -- and concern, from groups that don’t normally get involved with farm policy.

Tests of alfalfa seed from a field in eastern Washington have come back positive for genetically engineered genes called Round-Up-Ready.

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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discriminating against farmers who are women, Hispanic, Native and African American. Numerous lawsuits have cost the government several billion dollars. The latest legal settlement is for women and Hispanic farmers who can prove they were discriminated against in the 1980s and ‘90s. But some of these farmers say the deal to make amends for discrimination is itself discriminatory.