Department of agriculture

Bird Flu
5:02 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

New Case Of Avian Flu Confirmed In Washington State

File photo of a Sebastopol goose.

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:50 pm

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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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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Information Privacy
6:37 am
Mon January 27, 2014

How The Farm Bill Could Make It Harder To Track Down Pollution

The EPA accidentally released the names and addresses of 80,000 farmers to environmental groups.
Credit Scott Butner/Flickr

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.

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GMO Alfalfa Concerns
5:53 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Alfalfa In Washington Field Tests Positive For GMO

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:48 pm

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

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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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Farmer Descrimination
6:08 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Women And Hispanic Farmers Say Discrimination Continues In Settlement

Hispanic and women farmers have been combined in the USDA's final settlement over discrimination in farm loans.
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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.

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