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Bird Flu
5:37 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Another New Case Of Bird Flu Pops Up In Northern Washington State

File photo. A case of bird flu has been found in a flock of chickens and waterfowl in Ororville, Washington.
USDA

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 5:38 pm

Another new case of bird flu has popped up in northern Washington state. This one is a hobby and 4-H program flock in Oroville, Washington, not far from the Canadian border.

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Bird Flu
5:23 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Government Ag Teams Encircle New Washington Bird Flu Case

The USDA says owners of backyard flocks should keep their birds separated from wild ones.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 5:31 pm

Three new hot spots of bird flu have been found in wild ducks and domestic birds in Idaho.

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Bird Flu
4:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Second Strain Of Avian Flu Arrives In Oregon

This strain of flu does not appear to cause illness in wild waterfowl, like the Mallard.
Credit jlcummins / Flickr

Wildlife officials in Oregon say a mallard duck shot by a hunter near Eugene has tested positive for avian flu.

The strain of influenza is relatively common in Europe and Asia and has not caused any human sickness. The flu does not appear to cause illness in wild waterfowl, which have evolved with the virus. But it could kill falcons and hawks, as well as domesticated birds.

Oregon officials say they are not surprised this strain of avian flu has arrived in the state. Wild birds in Washington, California and Utah have also tested positive.

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Bird Flu
5:03 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

USDA Waits On Lab Results From Further Testing For Avian Flu In Washington State

Randy Wilson, with the USDA, holds a duck just after testing it for avian flu at a press event in Kennewick, Washington Monday.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:34 pm

Several major markets for U.S. poultry products have shut down trade after discoveries of avian flu in the west -- including the Tri-Cities, Washington.

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Avian Flu
5:00 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

U.S. Egg And Poultry Exports Banned In Several Countries

Photos public domain.com

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 4:49 pm

After several Northwest backyard flocks turned up with avian flu, U.S. egg and poultry exports are being banned around the world - in South Korea, South Africa and the European Union so far.

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WIC and Potatoes
6:12 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy

The white potato wasn't part of the WIC voucher that included other vegetables until a new spending package directed the USDA to put them back in the menu.
Credit Idaho Potato Commission

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

The Women, Infants, and Children or WIC program is the provider of modest monthly vouchers for a variety of foods. WIC will cover any vegetable, except for “white potatoes.”

That single exclusion outraged the potato industry. They felt it sent the wrong message and Northwest lawmakers from both parties got on board to reverse the rule.

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Wildlife Killings
6:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Groups Plan To Sue Over Feds' Wildlife-Killing Tactics In Idaho

A breeding alpha female wolf was killed this past week by a federally contracted sharpshooter who shot the wrong wolf.
Credit USDA / Northwest News Network

Four environmental groups say they will sue the government to stop what they call the unlawful killing of wildlife in Idaho. They say tactics like shooting wolves from helicopters, blowing up beaver dams and spraying lethal chemicals in the wild have caused widespread damage.

The groups sent notice that they intend to sue the USDA's Wildlife Services program.

Travis Bruner heads the Hailey, Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project. It's one of the groups that joined the impending lawsuit.

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GM Wheat
4:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

USDA Says GM Wheat In Oregon Appears To Be 'Isolated Incident'

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 4:14 pm

The US Department of Agriculture says stalks of genetically modified wheat found in a field in Oregon look to be an isolated incident. In an announcement Friday the agency says its own tests confirm the suspect wheat carries modified genes designed by agribusiness giant Monsanto.

Northwest farmers appear relieved that the government is calling the discovery of genetically modified wheat “a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm.”

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Genetically Modified Wheat
4:36 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Japan Suspends White Winter Wheat Purchases from the Northwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating how genetically modified wheat turned up in a field in Oregon.
Credit Bluemoose / Wikimedia Commons

Japan has temporarily suspended white winter wheat purchases from the Pacific Northwest. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture announced the move in response to a report that U.S. regulators found genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm.

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Our Organic Northwest
12:16 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

USDA Visits Eugene For Farm To School Programs

Eugene, Ore.- Representatives from the US Department of Agriculture will visit two Eugene, Oregon school districts next week. Bethel and 4J were chosen along with a dozen other districts across the nation as models for their farm to school programs.

Farm to School teaches students about local food. Megan Kemple is Farm to School Coordinator with the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition. She says many children don't know where their food comes from.

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