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Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing
Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop acreage is projected to increase by 6,000 acres this year, a 13 percent rise. That follows a 19 percent...

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Mexico may revisit apple tariffs
Mexico may revisit apple tariffs

YAKIMA, Wash. — Mexico may decide the future of its temporary tariffs on Washington apples in early June.

The nation could end the tariffs or extend them for five years, said Fred Scarlett, manager of Northwest Fruit Exporters, a...

Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention
Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention

ROSALIA, Wash. — Rosalia High School sophomore Collin Pittmann’s hard work all comes down to this.

Pittmann will compete against other students from across the state in the prepared public speaking career development event at the...

Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths
Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s spring offensive against gypsy moths passed the halfway point Tuesday, with a second pesticide application over a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of...

New AVA created for Northwestern Idaho and Eastern Washington

BOISE — Wineries and grape growers in Northwestern Idaho and part of Eastern Washington now have their own American Viticultural Area, which is a specific grape-growing region that is federally recognized as unique.

The Alcohol and...

Judge: Anti-GMO activists illegally concealed donors’ names
Judge: Anti-GMO activists illegally concealed donors’ names

OLYMPIA — An anti-GMO organization violated Washington’s public disclosure law by concealing the names of more than 7,000 donors who contributed in 2013 to an initiative that would have required food makers to label products with...

Farmer, researchers release plant guide
Farmer, researchers release plant guide

Idaho farmers have published a guide to native plants, agricultural crops and weeds in their region.

Thorn Creek Native Seed Farms and Thorn Creek Ranch Inc. have produced 600 copies of the “Palouse Prairie Field Guide,” designed...

Growers urged to scout fields for black leg
Growers urged to scout fields for black leg

Pacific Northwest farmers should scout their winter canola, brassica and crucifer crops for black leg fungus.

“Industry concern is still at a heightened level,” said Victor Shaul, seed program manager with the Washington State...

Washington Capitol buzzing with ag’s littlest lobbyists
Washington Capitol buzzing with ag’s littlest lobbyists

OLYMPIA — Honeybees, agriculture’s tiniest ambassadors, are so popular on the Capitol Campus that 25,000 of them were welcomed Wednesday to the governor’s mansion.

The Olympia Beekeepers Association placed the bees —...

U.S. Senate passes Yakima water measure
U.S. Senate passes Yakima water measure

The Yakima River Basin enhancement bill has passed the U.S. Senate as an amendment to a bipartisan energy bill.

The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 85 to 12 on April 20. The Yakima amendment was sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. A...

Wolves kill calf in southeastern Washington
Wolves kill calf in southeastern Washington

A 4-day-old calf was killed by one or more wolves Monday in southeastern Washington, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The calf was in a 90-acre fenced calving area on the rancher’s property about 10 miles southwest...

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