A new collective for Black farmers and Washington State University are working to grow crops originally raised by Black, Asian and South American immigrants in their home countries.
ALBANY, Ore. — Virginia Herrera trudged downhill through muddy divots left by tractor tires. To her right, her husband, Zenon Ramirez, was perched atop a ladder covering a greenhouse frame wit…
Pacific Northwest farmers are forming an association to promote the little-known vegetable.
OLYMPIA — Several Washington farmers testified on Jan. 28 they could be bankrupted by lawsuits seeking back wages for workers after the state Supreme Court granted farmworkers overtime pay.
CORBETT, Ore. — Friends of Family Farmers has announced that its executive director, Shari Sirkin, has stepped down and the organization is seeking new leadership.
About 190 acres of agriculturally zoned land in southwest Idaho would be developed as large residential lots if Canyon County approves a request by Ridgeline Vistas LLC.
African refugees have started farm businesses near Portland in recent years that are growing in popularity and profit.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Andony Melathopoulos says his work is pretty sweet.
A new survey found that COVID-19 dramatically altered how people in Oregon's Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties eat and think about food.
Gov. Brad Little on Jan. 11 will propose a plan to tap part of the state’s $630 million budget surplus for transportation projects.
Not only can visitors “attend” the show from the comfort of their computer, laptop or smart phone, they can do it anytime of the day or night — and it’s free of charge.
Bird flu outbreaks this winter in Asia and Europe resemble the global spread of avian influenza just before the disease appeared in Washington state six years ago, the harbinger of a disaster …
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has issued a rare statewide stop order for an organic soil amendment. "It is rare to find a material approved for organic use that contains ingr…
Work continues on building, to open next summer.
Aba Kiser knows food comes from farmers. But she wants to go the next step and organize events to help them form communities and support one another.
UI Extension economist sees some COVID-19 impacts continuing to impact costs.
The Port of Columbia County in northwest Oregon wants to rezone 837 acres of high-value farmland for industrial development. But first, it must prove compatibility with neighboring farms, fish…
Although COVID-19 has heavily impacted the floral industry, where large producers outside the country have no market, it has given local florists a chance to shine.
Idaho House of Representatives majority Republicans elected Filer-area farmer Clark Kauffman to chair the chamber’s Agricultural Affairs Committee in the 2021-22 legislative sessions.
A nine-week program celebrates winter vegetables that might need a little extra push, including brussels sprouts, cauliflower and winter squash. People might say, "I don't like radicchio," org…
More and more people understand organic farming and seek out flowers and other crops grown with organic practices.
Goose, though heralded in holiday songs and stories, isn’t popular in America anymore. Consumer polls show most people eat turkey at Thanksgiving, lamb or ham at Easter and at Christmas, roast…
It’s harvest time on Jason Dexter’s farm and his bumper crop seems destined to spill blood.
PORTLAND — The produce section at New Seasons Market in Portland was bustling on a weekday afternoon. Customers were filling carts and handbaskets with organic produce.
The survey found 18% of organic farms sold direct to consumers in 2019.
Organic crops again took the lion’s share of all organic sales in 2019. At $5.8 billion, those crop sales were 58% of the $9.9 billion in all organic sales, according to USDA’s latest organic survey.
The number of certified organic farms in the U.S. in 2019 was 16,585, up 17% from the last USDA organic survey in 2016.
The classic appeal, experts say, is that for urban dwellers, the greens are as local and fresh as it gets.
The Trump administration this month made several key changes to USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program rule in the Federal Register — changes some farmers like and others don't.
Loss of flowering plants and indiscriminate use of pesticides could seriously shrink mason bee and other wild bee populations, according to University of California-Davis researchers.
California researchers are asking for samples of fermented fruits and vegetables to study whether they can help fight disease.
HAMILTON CITY, Calif. — Raquel Krach and Greg Massa have an organic farm near Chico, but most of the questions they get from visitors involve their rice straw bale home.
Kristin Varela-Schild never planned to become an organic greenhouse farmer in southeastern Idaho. Last year, however, investors convinced her to expand her family business, Kristin’s Farm Stan…
Demand for winter vegetables is growing as more consumers seek to buy local food during the pandemic.
Nearly seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are still buying food directly from farms in record numbers.
U-pick farms, Christmas tree lots and other agritourism operations in Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin and Yakima counties will be under the same rules as farms in other counties, according t…
From the tragedy has emerged a special sort of person — a Hero. This is a person or organization that went the extra mile to help a neighbor, friend — or total stranger. We want to honor these…
The pivot grower Jimmy Ukegawa made as the coronavirus pandemic began and shelter-in-place restrictions were imposed in California has paid off in ways he never expected.
PENDLETON — It’s a sweet memory.
The farm sells fresh produce at its retail store in Twin Falls from May to Thanksgiving.
Washington’s agritourism farms got a lift as Gov. Jay Inslee on Aug. 28 relaxed rules that would have prohibited hay rides, animal exhibits, playgrounds and other attractions.
LA GRANDE — La Grande residents Sally Snyder and Sandy Roth started the La Grande Farmers Market in 1980. In its beginnings it was the Blue Mountain Producers operating in a vacant lot at the …
Much of Washington's agritourism industry will be sidelined this year under COVID-19 rules released Thursday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Producing crops and meat is hard enough for small farmers even without also sitting at a booth, selling food to the public during hours they’d rather be cultivating it.
The 2018 Farm Bill directed the agency to name national and state coordinators to help new producers navigate existing programs more easily.
The farm also grows organic peaches, nectarines, plums, pomegranates, figs, grapes squash, eggplants and Armenian cucumbers, according to its website.
The commission is title sponsor of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise and has regular-season sponsorships tied to Boise State University and University of Idaho football.
Royal Riverside Farm in Albany, Ore. began bottling "creamline" milk in 2018, and has expanded into 35 stores from the Willamette Valley to Hood River, Bend and Roseburg.
The University of Idaho's Heritage Orchard Conference will go from a two-day in-person event into a nine-month virtual webinar series.
Heads of lettuce are growing directly inside the Giving Plate food pantry off Third Street in Bend.
Twenty years ago, blueberries were a niche crop in Oregon and along the West Coast. Most U.S. production came from states like Michigan and New Jersey. Now the Northwest is the world's dominan…
The shutdown shuttered restaurants and left local producers with nowhere to distribute their food.
With few frills and new COVID-19 precautions in place, Central Oregon farmers markets are open for business.
The Oregon Farmers Market Association is helping its members establish online ordering systems to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Letter to Perdue advocates qualification for highest per-unit loss rate based on broad exposure to COVID-19 closures