agriculture

EarthFix Reports
6:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Investigators Link Bee Die-Off To Unauthorized Hives In Oregon

A honeybee. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating a die-off southwest of Portland in Sherwood.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:37 pm

Investigators have discovered 30 unauthorized commercial honeybee hives near the site of a large bee die-off in Sherwood southwest of Portland.

Observers reported thousands of dead honeybees on a busy stretch of Highway 99W on Sunday.

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Agriculture
8:03 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Alfalfa Growers Hope To Rake In More Green This Year

Drex Gauntt grows some of the earliest-harvested alfalfa in the Northwest near Burbank, Wash. Hay prices this year have him smiling.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:40 pm

Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer.

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Agriculture
9:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest

File photo
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:48 pm

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco, Wash.

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Agriculture
5:15 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington Fruit Farmers Scramble To Irrigate From Lowered Columbia River

Frosty Hansen, 74, of Wenatchee, Wash., says many of his neighbors can't reach the Columbia River with thier irrigation pipes. He plans to pump water for them until the Wanapum Dam can be repaired.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 6:07 pm

Dam engineers are continuing to keep the pool behind the ailing structure drawn down to relieve pressure.

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EarthFix Reports
4:11 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Stopping A Stink Bug Invasion

Northwest researchers are teaming up to stop an invasion of stink bugs moving across the region. The bugs, which can smell like dirty gym socks, ruin tree fruit and grape vines.
Flickr Photo/Armed Forces Pest Management Board (CC BY-NC-ND)

You have to go through three airlocked doors to get to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s stink bug research lab.

The quarantined, closet-sized room has its own ventilation system. The brown marmorated stink bug colony is kept inside an even smaller room within the lab.

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Animal Rights
5:04 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Lawsuits Charge 'Ag-Gag' Laws Violate Free Speech

The group Mercy for Animals released video in 2012 of workers at Bettencourt Dairy in Idaho abusing cows. The incident led Idaho lawmakers to outlaw surreptitious video at farms.
Mercy for Animals

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:47 pm

A lawsuit led by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new, so-called “ag-gag” law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses.

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Agriculture
8:09 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Worried Washington Farmers Plead For Help To Water Fruit Trees

Becuase of the drawdown. this irrigation pipe for cherry orchards that lies four miles downstream from Rock Island Dam cannot reach water in the Wanapum pool.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:20 pm

In central Washington, state officials and farmers are scrambling to save orchards at risk of drying up because of a drawdown of the Columbia River.

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Agriculture
8:40 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Farmers Upstream Of Wanapum Dam Can't Reach Columbia For Irrigation

File photo of a cherry orchard in Eastern Washington
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:03 am

Thousands of acres of high-value cherry and apple orchards behind the damaged Wanapum Dam are at serious risk.

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Agriculture
3:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Demise Of The Alpaca Bubble

Flickr Photo/Shelby Root (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Rich Sexton, chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Davis. Sexton explains the making of the alpaca boom and why it's now bursting.

EarthFix Reports
7:40 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Klamath Tribes And Ranchers Seek Water Solutions In New Agreement

The Klamath Basin spans northern California and southern Oregon and has seen frequent water crises between the farming, ranching, tribal and environmental communities.
Devan Schwartz

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 12:00 pm

An agreement announced Wednesday between ranchers and Native American tribes seeks to resolve contentious water rights issues in the Klamath Basin, a drought-ridden region spanning southern Oregon and northern California.

Amidst a deep drought last summer, the Klamath Tribes and the federal government called on their senior water rights –- meaning they received access to limited water supplies.

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Federal Aid
7:38 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

USDA

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:19 am

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.

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Investigative Journalism
3:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

How A Monopoly Took Hold Of America’s Meat Market

Christopher Leonard's book, "The Meat Racket."

Ross Reynolds talks with Christopher Leonard, former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press, about his new book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business."

Agriculture
8:36 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Ore. Farmers Want Tax Break For Donated Crops

USDA

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 5:10 pm

Oregon farmers are hoping the state Legislature makes it worth their while to donate crops that would otherwise go to waste.

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Agriculture
8:37 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Northwest Farmers Take Heart In Prediction Of Rainy Spring

Wheat fields in Lincoln County, Wash.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:56 pm

Northwest farmers call him “the weather man.” And at a farming conference in Spokane, he offered a reason for them to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

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Young Farmers
12:15 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

The Bucking Horse subdivision in Fort Collins, Colo., will include a working CSA farm, complete with historic barn, farm house and chicken coop.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 7:00 am

When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.

But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.

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