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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.

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.

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India

Sep 4, 2012

McDonald's, home of the iconic Big Mac, is going vegetarian. Well, at least in India, where 20 to 42 percent or more of the population (depending on how you count) eschews meat, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

With nearly 700 food carts licensed last year, Portland, Ore., is arguable a leader in the mobile food revolution. Lucky residents can choose between Iraqi-Jewish sabich, yeasted Belgian liege waffles, or Indonesian rendang, all served out of a friendly window on the sidewalk. But all of these mobile meals come with a downside — namely, trash.

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.

County Takes Hard Line Against Leaving Fido In Hot Car

Aug 17, 2012
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

One Northwest county is taking a hard line against dog owners who leave man’s best friend in the hot car this summer. Animal protection officers in Spokane County, Wash., say a prolonged trip to the mall could earn you criminal charges for animal cruelty – and a broken window.

South Korea Ban On Fresh Northwest Potatoes

Aug 16, 2012

Starting Friday, fresh potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington can no longer be exported to South Korea. As Capital Press reported earlier this week, Korea’s export ban results from concerns over an insect-borne disease that causes light yellow potato flesh to darken and stripe — the zebra chip.

USDA

Northwest agriculture researchers say they are finding more cases of a zebra chip disease in the region’s potatoes. The malady mars spuds with dark streaks, making them unsuitable for sale. The latest case cropped up near Hermiston, Ore.

Anna King / Northwest Public Radio

Northwest winemakers say they’re optimistic that 2012 will turn out to be a great vintage. Many of the region’s red wine grapes are just on the edge of starting to change color and ripen. The timing of this color change is a good indication of the coming harvest’s quality. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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.

Northwest States Ask Public To 'Squeal' On Feral Pigs

Jul 23, 2012
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are joining forces to track populations of feral pigs across the Northwest. These “hogs gone wild” can do massive damage to the landscape. And wildlife agents want to know where swine are on the move. They’re even launching a so-called “swine line” for people to call with sightings.

Railex

A company that ships Northwest produce to East Coast markets by rail plans an expansion that will benefit the region's wineries. Railex has reached an agreement with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to build a massive wine storage warehouse in southeast Washington.

Photo courtesy USDA

A recent discovery in an Idaho potato field has Northwest spud growers worried. Researchers this week reported that insects from the Twin Falls area tested positive for bacteria that cause “zebra chip disease.”

Legal Immigrants Hit Hard By Cuts

Jul 2, 2012

Hard times just got harder for legal immigrants who receive food stamps from the State. Their benefits were cut in half Sunday. The move is part of many cut-backs to balance the State’s budget. Lesley McClurg reports.

Photo credit: Anna King / Northwest News Network

The Northwest cherry harvest is set to begin next week, but farmers are a bit glum. That’s because the National Weather Service says this month’s temperatures will be near or below average across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Cool weather and rain and can delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season. That means that markets have less time to sell the perishable fruit. Plus, farmers may have a harder time recruiting enough labor in a shortened season.

And there’s another problem according to the Washington Fruit Commission's B.J. Thurlby. He says rain can spoil the fruit on the branch.

Sharing Our Summer Recipes

Jun 3, 2012
Agricultural Research Services, Norsk Power, Paul J. Dauenhauer, Cameron Nordholm

Ah, summer time... when you can smell barbecue cooking and see picnic baskets on blankets in the grass.  These are the times in the northwest when we gather with friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors, good company, and good food.  With this in mind we asked the diligent folks at Northwest Public Radio to let you in on some of their favorite delicacies they like to take to a bbq or picnic:

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Beer Can Chicken

By Sandi Billings, Major Gifts Officer

1 whole chicken

ODOT

Beginning Monday Oregon drivers can purchase a wine country license plate. The additional cost will benefit tourism marketing.

There are specialty license plates for salmon, Crater Lake, culture and other causes. Now Oregon is the first in the nation to offer one touting the state's wine industry.

Photo credit: Anna King / Northwest News Network

Hay farmers in Eastern Washington are beginning to cut their fields. It’s the first harvest of the Northwest hay season. New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show there’s less hay left over from last year. As Anna King reports, that’s good news for alfalfa and timothy growers.

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.

Photo credit: ODFW / Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon's shrimp season starts April 1st. No fooling. Officials say the latest technology is helping to prevent other critters from getting caught up in shrimpers' nets.

Photo Credit: TJBlackwell / Wikimedia commons

The mysterious disappearance of honey bees known as colony collapse disorder continues to be an issue for farmers across the country. As scientists study why this is happening, one Yakima area farmer thinks he may have a solution for at least one of the possible causes. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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