Agriculture http://kplu.org en UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' http://kplu.org/post/uw-study-urban-fumes-cause-pollinating-moths-fly-stumbling-drunks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157208470&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As much as one-third of our food supply depends on pollinators like insects and birds that fertilize plants when they fly between blossoms.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17580 at http://kplu.org UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change http://kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-battle-sakuma-bros-farms-court-over-housing-policy-change <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155102601&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Even as the summer berry season gets underway, some of the workers who pick those berries have been battling with a Skagit County farm in court. They’ve challenged&nbsp;Sakuma Brothers Farms over its new policy to no longer provide housing for workers’ family members.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:44:24 +0000 Ashley Gross 17258 at http://kplu.org Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State? http://kplu.org/post/what-farm-guest-worker-program-and-why-it-controversial-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153152224&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>People in Seattle are familiar with the H-1B visa program that brings high-tech employees from abroad, but another, more obscure foreign worker program has churned up a lot of controversy in the state recently.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17022 at http://kplu.org What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State? Governor-Appointed Group To Tackle Farm Labor Issues In Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/governor-appointed-group-tackle-farm-labor-issues-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152694580&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>After a tumultuous year in which berry pickers at a Skagit County farm went on repeated strikes, a new group appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee is set to start tackling farm labor issues.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:41:13 +0000 Ashley Gross 16936 at http://kplu.org Governor-Appointed Group To Tackle Farm Labor Issues In Wash. State Happy Foragers Finding Bumper Crop of Wild Mushrooms http://kplu.org/post/happy-foragers-finding-bumper-crop-wild-mushrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wild mushrooms are going gangbusters this year in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to just the right weather conditions, and f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">oragers are rejoicing after<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-wild-mushrooms-short-supply"> last year&rsquo;s shortage</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10397 at http://kplu.org Happy Foragers Finding Bumper Crop of Wild Mushrooms Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected http://kplu.org/post/puget-sound-orcas-remain-protected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The charismatic black and white killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act.</p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has rejected a call to de-list resident orcas.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:06:12 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9510 at http://kplu.org Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected Women, Hispanic farmers say discrimination continues in settlement http://kplu.org/post/women-hispanic-farmers-say-discrimination-continues-settlement The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discriminating against farmers who are women, Hispanic, Native American and African American. Numerous lawsuits have cost the government several billion dollars. The latest legal settlement is for women and Hispanic farmers who can prove they were discriminated against in the 1980s and ‘90s. But some of these farmers say the deal to make amends for discrimination is itself discriminatory.<p>On February 1, 1983, Rosemary Love was lying in a hospital bed. She had breast cancer. The doctors had just performed surgery to save her life. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:51:16 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7076 at http://kplu.org Women, Hispanic farmers say discrimination continues in settlement Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply http://kplu.org/post/northwest-wild-mushrooms-short-supply Northwest wild mushrooms are in short supply this year. That’s had a big impact on the region’s lucrative mushroom hunting industry. It’s also changed what’s on fall restaurant menus in the Northwest and across the nation.<p>At Pagliacci Pizza in Seattle this autumn customers are often coming home to their families without the coveted mushroom Primo Pizza. The Northwest’s bleak mushroom crop means sometimes the stores cut back on the number of pies, or don’t have them at all.<p>“We’ve run out of mushrooms at certain locations. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:16:21 +0000 6816 at http://kplu.org Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply WSU study: GMO crops need more herbicide to fend off 'superweeds' http://kplu.org/post/wsu-study-gmo-crops-need-more-herbicide-fend-superweeds According to a new study out of Washington State University, farmers of genetically engineered crops are dramatically increasing their use of herbicides. Researchers say farmers are spraying more in response the rise of so-called “superweeds.”<p>The new study analyzes 16 years of federal data on the nation’s corn, soybean and cotton fields. It finds growers with crops engineered to be herbicide resistant are now putting millions more pounds of weed killer on their fields than farmers who grow the non-modified variety.<p>The findings were published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 23:32:57 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6568 at http://kplu.org WSU study: GMO crops need more herbicide to fend off 'superweeds' U.S. apple processors paying double for fruit http://kplu.org/post/us-apple-processors-paying-double-fruit RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. apple processors are paying nearly double what they did just two years ago to make sauce and juice.<p>Bad weather pummeled other apple growing regions of the world. And a worker shortage is slowing down the harvest in the Northwest.<p>Apple crops in New York, Michigan, Canada and Europe are down from bad weather. And China, the world’s largest apple producer, is keeping more fruit at home for its growing middle class. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:56:11 +0000 Anna King 6533 at http://kplu.org U.S. apple processors paying double for fruit Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead http://kplu.org/post/tired-mowing-your-lawn-try-foodscaping-it-instead When the economy began its steep decline in 2008, almost everything related to housing hit the skids, including the lawn and garden industry. But one sector escaped the pinch: food gardening.<p>In fact, <a href="http://assoc.garden.org/press/press.php?q=show&id=3457&pr=pr_research">food gardening sales</a> nationwide have spiked 20 percent since then, and they've stayed there. Sun, 03 Jun 2012 01:18:23 +0000 Blake Farmer 5176 at http://kplu.org Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead WSU gets $5 million donation for organic agriculture http://kplu.org/post/wsu-gets-5-million-donation-organic-agriculture <p>PULLMAN, Wash. &mdash; Washington State University&#39;s pioneering programs in organic and sustainable agriculture received a $5 million donation on Friday.</p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 23:23:01 +0000 The Associated Press 4818 at http://kplu.org Agriculture industry 'Tremendous Force' in Idaho economy http://kplu.org/post/agriculture-industry-tremendous-force-idaho-economy <p>Agriculture is a tremendous force in shaping the Idaho economy, according to John Hammel, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho. Hammel told state budget writers Wednesday that the industry&rsquo;s strength comes from its diversity.</p><p>&ldquo;It is tremendously diverse, with over 150 commodities grown statewide, and has a growing livestock sector, which is led by dairy production. This diversity minimizes the impact to Idaho from a downturn in any particular agricultural sector,&rdquo; says Hammel.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:27:48 +0000 Glenn Mosley 3930 at http://kplu.org Fires destroy three major haystacks in Eastern Washington http://kplu.org/post/fires-destroy-three-major-haystacks-eastern-washington <p>Police in eastern Washington are trying to figure out who has been intentionally torching haystacks near the tiny town of Mattawa.</p><p>Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones says in the last two weeks two fires burned three major haystacks to the ground. Jones says he doubts local kids have been setting the fires.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:04:18 +0000 Anna King 3584 at http://kplu.org Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind http://kplu.org/post/worker-shortage-may-force-apple-growers-leave-some-fruit-behind <p>Across the Northwest, apple growers are having a hard time bringing in their harvest because of a worker shortage. The result may mean certain lower-priced varieties of apples don&rsquo;t get picked at all.</p><p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:10:46 +0000 Anna King 2921 at http://kplu.org Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind