farming

Strong Northwest Farming Industry
5:43 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Northwest Ag Industry Cashing In On Strong Grain Prices, Yields

Todd Ray is the owner of 10 New Holland dealerships in Washington and Oregon. His overall tractor and equipment sales are up 20 percent from two years ago at about this time.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Drought that’s sizzling the rest of the nation has largely left the Northwest states alone. Furthermore, the Midwest’s farmers’ misfortune is actually benefiting farmers here. That’s because grain prices are going up because of the Heartland’s decimated yields. Meanwhile, many Northwest farmers crops are above average.

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Washington Blueberries
6:07 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Northwest Blueberry Yields Increase Dramatically, But Market Prices Same

Blueberry explosion: Washington state farmers are bringing in more blueberries that ever before this year at more than 60 million pounds. In five years, they are expected to bring in nearly 100 million pounds.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

It’s not news that Washington is producing record amounts of blueberries this year. It happened last year. Next year will likely break another record and the year after that too. The real news is: Where is the fruit going, and why is it still so expensive? Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Water Shortage
7:13 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Fast Snowmelt Could Spell Water Shortage For Klamath Farmers

The bureau of reclamation is predicting a water shortage in Oregon’s Klamath basin. The federal water agency has asked Klamath farmers to consider idling their land. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Apple Harvest
6:04 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Northwest Apple Crop Looks Good So Far, If Farmers Can Get It Picked

Northwest apple growers expect a bumper crop this year in combination with higher prices. But as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers are worried they won’t have enough workers to pick the apples at peak ripeness.

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Farm Child Labor
5:10 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

NW Farmers Cheer Federal Reversal On Child Labor Rules

Don Beck is a hay and cattle farmer outside of Post Falls, Idaho.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Northwest farm groups are cheering a federal decision this week to dump proposed child labor rules. The Department of Labor decided to withdraw the plan after it received thousands of comments opposing the change. But child safety advocates say the fierce opposition was based on faulty information.

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Worker Shortage
3:46 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Washington’s Asparagus Farmers Face Labor Shortage

Jim Middleton is a asparagus farmer north of Pasco. He’s had to disk under 15 acres of asparagus in the hopes he can get someone to help harvest next week.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington asparagus farmers are plowing out giant fields during what should be the prime of their harvest season. That’s because there is a shortage of migrant farmworkers this year.

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NW Farmers Bullish
4:23 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

NW Farm Economy Described As Mostly Bullish Entering Spring

Whitman County, WA farm
Photo Credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A new market survey finds many of the region's farmers in an optimistic mood because demand is strong and commodity prices are high. Exceptions to the overall trend include dairy and onion farmers.

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Spring Crops Springing
3:48 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Northwest Asparagus To Pop Up Within Days, Other Crops Springing Too

The Eastern Washington asparagus crop appears to be right on schedule.
Photo credit: lengmomo/ Flickr Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest spring is getting off to a wet start. But Eastern Washington farmers report it appears to be right on schedule.

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Cattle Air Pollution
6:24 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Yakima Valley Dairies Causing Air Pollution

Cattle raised on dairy farms can be a cause of air pollution.
Photo by Brian Robert Marshall Northwest News Network

OUTLOOK, Wash. – A recent study is raising questions about the air quality in the Yakima Valley. The area has a high concentration of large-scale dairies. As Courtney Flatt reports, residents living near the dairies have noticed respiratory problems as more dairies moved in.

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