Agriculture

Economy and Agriculture
10:56 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Agriculture programs help Northwest refugees settle in

Farmer Pabi Tiwari enjoys a lemon cucumber straight from the field.
Deena Prichep Northwest News Network

PORTLAND – Starting over in a new country as a refugee can feel like landing a new planet.

It’s hard to understand daily life, much less face the challenges of finding a job. One movement in refugee resettlement pioneered in the Northwest helps people put down new roots – literally – through agriculture. But learning to be an American farmer can be a tough row to hoe.

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9/11 Anniversary
10:22 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Anniversary stirs sadness and hope for one farm laborer

Victor Santillan, standing with his son Diego, loads alfalfa hay on large trucks near Eltopia, Wash. He says 9/11 made him appreciate the United States, but those events and the changes that came after made life harder for many Hispanics here.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Reflections of a farm laborer and his son near Eltopia, Wash.:

"My name is Victor Santillan and I work for Agri-Pack, stacking hay in the trucks. I'm from Durango, Mexico and I'm proud of it too. I think people are still feeling sad about this anniversary. I feel sad for all the people that died.

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Agriculture
1:41 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

New Wash. corn plant made to influence global crop

A new agricultural plant near Othello in Eastern Washington is breeding highly specialized corn for the huge world-wide seed company Monsanto. The laboratories and growing facilities are slated to help the company more quickly distil the genetics of corn to get top characteristics to market.

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Business
9:31 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Northwest apricots, peaches, nectarines slow to ripen

John Douglas shows off a peach from one of his family's fruit ranches near Basin City, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

BASIN CITY, Wash. – Peaches, nectarines and apricots are some of the iconic delights of summer. But this year, Northwest apricots are at about half the usual production according to the Washington Fruit Commission. Peaches and nectarines are down too, about 10 percent. And they're all late.

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Finally, harvest time
10:24 pm
Sun July 10, 2011

Late Northwest cherry season begins

Francisco, Suares, 32 of Michoacán, Mexico, harvests ripe bing cherries at Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. Although he only has two fingers on one hand, he’s still a quick picker.
Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The cherries are finally ready for harvest in the Northwestern U.S. A cold spring means that this is the latest cherry season anyone can remember. The Northwest News Network’s Anna King has this audio postcard from one of the largest fruit orchards in the world. (Watch the story inside)

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Environment
3:39 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Organic farming down in Washington despite growing demand for organic foods

Picking organic Gala apples near Royal City.
David Granatstein Washington State University

As sales of organic foods continue to climb across the country, organic farming in Washington has decreased. That surprised some researchers for a state that's one of the country’s top producers of organic produce.

While people in the agriculture industry expect certain crops to go through challenging cycles now and then, an annual study of the state’s organic farms shows "significant" declines in the past year, according to David Granatstein. He's sustainable agriculture specialist at Washington State University.  Granatstein co-authored a new study that found decreases in the number of organic producers, acreage and farm gate sales. 

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Agriculture
7:58 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Middle East among factors causing wheat price volatility for Washington farmers

The Middle East is one of the largest wheat-importing regions in the world but the tumultuous political climate in the Middle East is creating volatility in the price of wheat.
Wikimedia Commons

The tumultuous political climate in the Middle East is creating volatility in the price of wheat.  Northwest farmers and wheat traders are trying to hedge against the uncertainty.

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