Agriculture http://kplu.org en 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 Agriculture programs help Northwest refugees settle in http://kplu.org/post/agriculture-programs-help-northwest-refugees-settle <p>PORTLAND &ndash; Starting over in a new country as a refugee can feel like landing a new planet.</p><p>It&rsquo;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 &ndash; literally &ndash; through agriculture. But learning to be an American farmer can be a tough row to hoe.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:56:06 +0000 Northwest News Network 2633 at http://kplu.org Agriculture programs help Northwest refugees settle in Anniversary stirs sadness and hope for one farm laborer http://kplu.org/post/anniversary-stirs-sadness-and-hope-one-farm-laborer <p>Reflections of a farm laborer and his son near Eltopia, Wash.:</p><p>&quot;My name is Victor Santillan and I work for Agri-Pack, stacking hay in the trucks. I&#39;m from Durango, Mexico and I&#39;m proud of it too. I think people are still feeling sad about this anniversary. I feel sad for all the people that died.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:22:45 +0000 Anna King 2525 at http://kplu.org Anniversary stirs sadness and hope for one farm laborer New Wash. corn plant made to influence global crop http://kplu.org/post/new-wash-corn-plant-made-influence-global-crop <p>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.</p><p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:41:54 +0000 Anna King 2278 at http://kplu.org Northwest apricots, peaches, nectarines slow to ripen http://kplu.org/post/northwest-apricots-peaches-nectarines-slow-ripen <p>BASIN CITY, Wash. &ndash; 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&#39;re all late.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:31:46 +0000 Anna King 2217 at http://kplu.org Northwest apricots, peaches, nectarines slow to ripen