COLFAX, Wash. — Ukraine's farms have become a "second battle field" in the war with Russia, according to a Ukrainian businessman who is working in the U.S. and Europe to build support for farm families in his homeland.

It's harvest time in Ukraine, and farmers there are struggling with the lack of fuel and storage for their crops. But in many of the fields, Russian mines and unexploded rockets pose lethal dangers.

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Field Reporter, Spokane

I have been covering wheat and other topics for Capital Press since 2008. Recent stories include emus, radicchio, aphids, Q&As with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, National Association of Wheat Growers president Nicole Berg of Paterson, Wash., and national FFA president Cole Baerlocher, of Colfax, Wash; and a look at umami, or savoriness, the fifth basic taste sensation. If you have a news tip, please contact me at 509-688-9923 or

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