food

Potato Disease
5:54 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Detection Of ‘Zebra Chip’ Disease Makes NW Spud Growers Uneasy

Tubers infected with zebra chip disease show dark, stripelike symptoms in the tissue.
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.”

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Food Stamp Cutbacks
6:45 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Legal Immigrants Hit Hard By Cuts

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.

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Washington Cherry Season
6:09 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Dreary June Forecast Has Northwest Cherry Farmers A Bit Worried

Cool weather and rain could delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season.
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.

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Summer Recipes
10:46 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Sharing Our Summer Recipes

Clockwise from top left: Summer Peach Caprese Salad, Broccoli Salad, Beer Can Chicken, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Kim-Bap.
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

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Oregon Wine Plates
5:16 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Oregon Is First In Nation To Offer Specialty Wine Country License Plate

Oregon drivers can now purchase wine country license plates that benefit tourism marketing.
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.

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Northwest Hay At Premium
4:32 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Hay Farmers Looking To Bale Some Profits This Season

Drex Gaunt is an alfalfa grower near Burbank, Washington, and board member of the Washington Hay Growers Association. This year, demand for Northwest hay should be high because of decreased holdovers from last year.
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.

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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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Oregon Shrimp Season
3:44 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Oregon Shrimpers Work to Reduce Bycatch

ODFW Biologist Bob Hannah (center) poses with crew members of the Miss Yvonne behind a bycatch reduction device. The tighter spacing on the bars of the device makes it the most effective at reducing bycatch yet.
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.

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Colony Collapse
4:36 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Northwest Beekeepers Using Fruit, Potato Storage Warehouses To Over Winter Precious Pollinators

Colony collapse is threatening bees.
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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