Valley Wide Cooperative recently put more money back into the hands of its roughly 3,500 grower members and made a major donation to regional food banks to help farmers and communities deal with COVID-19 economic disruptions.
Business is booming for small meat processors across the U.S. because of soaring demand for locally raised and processed meat and a glut of slaughter-ready livestock created when big slaughter…
HARRISBURG, Ore. — Customers flocked to Detering Orchards’ U-pick strawberry patch Saturday for the season’s opening.
In-house hire succeeds Rick Keller, who is retiring after long tenure
Many industry leaders have expressed excitement about how the relief package will help agribusinesses. But some say CFAP's structure is flawed and excludes thousands of farmers and ranchers in crisis.
PHILOMATH, Ore. — Near Corvallis, Ore., health providers offer free services in a rural Grange hall to nearby farmworkers who otherwise couldn't afford medical care.
Four West Coast farms in California, Oregon and Washington were selected Wednesday among 15 recipients nationwide for a 2020 grant supporting small, independent farms.
Washington small farmers and bakers say they are looking for ways to further connect flour and grain buyers and sellers. Several shared ideas of what's already available, and what they're look…
Farmers in Green Bluff, a group of nearly 40 small family farms and fruit stands north of Spokane, say they're getting far less traffic than normal due to the COVID-19 shutdowns.
City slickers might think farming involves just sticking seeds in the ground and deciding how much to water them, but anyone who works in agriculture knows it’s a lot more complicated than that.
A food-preservation startup focuses on continuing education, more FDA approvals, and helping others reduce food waste.
Farmers eye strong prices for dry beans in the wake of strong demand because of COVID-19 hoarding.
Idaho’s March 25-April 30 economic shutdown amid COVID-19 concerns saw a 50% jump in grocery store revenue at the same time 86% of restaurants laid off workers.
BEND, Ore. — Central Oregon farmers have crops to sell, but the COVID-19 pandemic has left them unsure who will buy the produce.
The USDA has announced $19 billion in federal aid that will be distributed this spring to help farms and ranches across the U.S. survive the plunging prices caused by the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Experts say farms and agribusinesses missed out on most of the funding for several reasons.
Farmers may already have the tools they need to handle the added stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 quarantine, a Spokane consultant says.
Farmers and agribusiness owners across the U.S. are racing to apply at banks, credit unions and agricultural lenders for small business loans that are part of a COVID-19 federal relief package…
The sizable southeastern Oregon-southwestern Idaho growing region is known for big onions, demand for which plunged after COVID-19 concerns largely shut down the foodservice sector.
Poultry processors are ramping up production to restock bare coolers at grocery stores, where consumer demand has surged even as restaurant demand has plummeted during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Ten years ago, after being in the nursery business all his life, Gil Schieber established Skipley Farm near Snohomish, Wash.
Across the U.S., people are buying record numbers of chicks. Industry leaders say people fearing food shortages are raising chickens to produce their own meat and eggs in the months to come.
The nursery industry, hit hard by the pandemic, offers drive-thrus and deliveries in an effort to make up lost ground
Late shipments, reduced workforce, lower consumption of certain foods among potential impacts. Industry takes safety measures.
Consumers say they are choosing farmers markets to avoid grocery stores, shorten the supply chain, eat fresh produce, secure a dependable food source in a time of insecurity and support local …
Industry leaders say more people are buying directly from farms to avoid grocery store crowds, shorten the supply chain and secure a reliable food source at a time when store shelves are often empty.
The creators of the local food-oriented smart phone app Share.Farm say they’ve taken a “good hit” in the midst of coronavirus-related business closures but hope to attract more individual cust…
Farmers’ markets are known to cultivate a festive atmosphere that attracts crowds, which is exactly what people are supposed to avoid during the coronavirus outbreak.
Growers, co-ops and agencies are figuring out ways to keep farms running amid a wave of coronavirus concerns.
More than 270 small farmers, ranchers and forestland owners have signed on in support of Oregon's controversial cap and trade proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects…
Approximately 900 people attended the 20th annual Oregon State University Small Farms Conference on campus in Corvallis, featuring seminars on specialty food production and localized marketing…
Nathan Pauls says his unique business began eight years ago when a student teacher in his wife’s first-grade class gave her a large, ugly, cucumber-shaped gourd.
The Washington State Board of Health is taking comments on a proposal that could lead to fines against ranchers, farmers and other animal owners for stockpiling manure too close to a well, dit…
For the last 10 years, the grain elevator in Kettle Falls, Wash., has sat abandoned, a silent sentinel over the town of 1,500 just north of Spokane.
Lesley Kelly, a farmer and co-founder of the Canadian nonprofit Do More Agriculture Foundation, says she has been criticized for her efforts to address stress and other mental health issues in…
House Bill 496 now before the Idaho Legislature would exempt certain custom meat-processing services from the state's 6% sales tax.
Bill would provide more flexibility in recovering additional costs incurred serving small-scale customers such as homebuyers.
UP to bring in-house engineers to guide truck-to-train shipping project slated north of Nyssa.
Formation occurs ahead of population counts, redistricting that could increase urban representation.
The best photo of a leaping animal will win the photographer a special gift from the Capital Press.
When trespassers or their belongings are seen on private property, the landowner is advised to immediately call law enforcement.
Western Idaho Ag Expo participants cite trade-pact progress, some higher commodity prices, promising water supplies. Efficiency remains key.
Adelante Mujeres, a nonprofit based in Forest Grove, Ore. that provides education and support for Latina women and their families, has received a $400,000 USDA grant to expand its sustainable …
As the agritourism coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, Audrey Comerford works with farms, county planners and local tourism organizations.
Land-management cooperation across jurisdictions, input on federal policy emphasized
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon State University’s Extension Service urges farmers to take a brief agritourism survey to help researchers measure the industry’s nationwide impact, understand what makes a…
FSMA, farmers' desire to stay field-focused, among factors
Some higher prices, lower expenses provide boost
Farmers and ranchers have until Feb. 18 to provide feedback on proposed changes to one of the USDA's most widely accessed conservation programs.
A change in agricultural property tax law proposed by the Washington Association of County Officials would jeopardize farming, a Klickitat County farmer says.
EUGENE, Ore. — As the operator of a small farm, Stephanie Schiffgens recognizes the importance of being a no-waste sheep operation.
Idaho-Eastern Oregon Seed Association speakers address growth, other issues
Combines major providers of crop inputs, other services
OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. — Fifty chicks, only three days old, huddled under the heat lamps on Paul and Sue Puhek’s farm.
Big D's diversified farm, warehousing operation thrive as houses sprout nearby