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Senators Look to Legalize Hemp As Ag Commodity

Posted on April 13, 2018 at 12:20 PM Comments comments ()

The legislation gives states the opportunity to become the primary regulators of #hemp, allow hemp researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from the USDA, and make hemp farmers eligible to apply for crop insurance. Read more.


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When Picking Apples on a Farm With 5,000 Rules, Watch Out for the Ladders

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments ()

Apple orchards are facing a growing regulatory burden. Read more.

H-2A workers important piece of Washington economy

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 3:40 AM Comments comments ()

This study quantifies the importance of guestworkers to the value of Washington's tree fruit industry. Read more.

Nationwide, farmers face losses from labor delay

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments ()

Guest worker visas delayed, farmers facing losses due to labor shortage. Read more

When policy makers ignore science

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments ()

The "right to know" doesn't always improve public knowledge, safety and health. Read the article from Congress Blog.

Record fresh fruit exports for Yakima County

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments ()

Driven largely by ever-increasing international sales of fresh fruit, the Yakima Metropolitan Area exported $1.3 billion worth of goods in 2014, a 4.2 percent jump over the previous year, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Russia to block all U.S. agricultural imports

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments ()

A Russian official says his nation will block all imports of U.S. agricultural goods., according to a Russian news agency.


MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian official says all imports of agricultural products from the United States to Russia will be banned, the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.


President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day ordered state authorities to draw up a list of agricultural products from countries that have impose...

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GMO Wheat Source Still a Mystery

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments ()

Source of GMO wheat still a mystery

By Eric Mortenson

Capital Press

Published: May 1, 2014 9:21AM Eric Mortenson/Capital Press

Federal investigators haven't said how genetically-modified ended up in an Eastern Oregon field last year, leaving farmers wary but determined to move ahead.

A year later and the dryland farmers don’t talk much about GMO wheat.

Once in awhile in...

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Survey: Top 10 GMO Questions

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments ()

Poll identifies top 10 questions on GMOs GMO Answers  |  Updated: 03/19/2014

The results of a new national survey, commissioned by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information, identified the leading questions consumers have about genetic...

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Spot-on critique of anti-GMO activists demonstrates their anti-human health agendas

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments ()

David P. Ropeik, instructor at Harvard, consultant in risk communication and author of “How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts,” has produced a hard-hitting essay in Scientific American that skewers anti-GMO activists such as Greenpeace and the Sierra Club for their stance. Mr. Ropeik cites data from a research article in the journal Environment and Development Economics that estimates that 1.4 million life-years have been lost in India alon...

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