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Grilled Fontina and Asparagus Sandwiches with Mushrooms and Bacon

We can’t help but celebrate the heart of asparagus season here in Eastern Washington. Almost any bread goes for this sandwich. A crusty Italian loaf or a thickly sliced country white work especially well. You can make each of...

GMO – One of the Good Guys

GMO - One of the Good guys GMO is one of the most misunderstood tools of high-tech farming. The names used to describe GM seeds including "GMO and genetically engineered" can sound threatening to consumers, and have created marketing disadvantages for products...

Bill Gates on how the world will change by 2030

Bill Gates on how the world will change by 2030 Bill Gates Interview: How the world will change by 2030. Fascinating interview with Bill Gates, touching on many technology trends of the future. GMO food and increasing productivity of farming,...
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Grilled Cheese for Grown-Ups

There’s no reason you have to outgrow grilled cheese sandwiches just because you’re a grown-up now. Besides there’s still something to be said for the comforting, melty deliciousness of American singles on toasty, buttered white bread. It’s an easy matter,...

Subsidies: Why Do Farmers Need a Safety Net?

For those of us who live a life far removed from working the land, the idea of federal payments, or subsidies, granted to offset economic fluctuations in farming might seem like a prime example of wasteful government spending. After...
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Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tapenade

This is a great any-season sandwich. In the summer, you could also add heirloom tomatoes. In the winter, you could add any roasted vegetables. You can store remaining tapenade in the refrigerator for about a week. Makes 2 Sandwiches 1/2...

Washington State – Organic by the Numbers

Washington State - Organic by the Numbers USDA Organic Seal labels continue to appear on more and more food products. People must be buying organic, because the array of organic food at the supermarket continues to increase. In fact, organic...
Washington wheat in Asian noodles

Eastern Markets Love Washington Wheat for Its Quality in Favorite Dishes – But That...

Washington wheat is the preferred standard of quality for buyers in Asian countries – Think of all those delicious noodle dishes! But, without proper funding to promote agricultural exports and without the benefit of access to the TPP, our...

Join the GMO Conversation

Advances in Genetic Engineering Are Changing the Field Genetic engineering has evolved dramatically since the first GMO Flavr Savr tomato hit grocery store shelves in 1994. Today, we’re way past the “Frankenfoods” of the ‘90s, when we worried about genetic...

USDA Organic Does Not Mean NO PESTICIDES

USDA Organic Does Not Mean NO PESTICIDES… Foods labeled with the USDA Certified Organic logo, doesn’t mean there was never any pesticides used while growing the product. In fact, the USDA has a list of approved pesticides that organic farmers may...

Did you know?

Did You Know? Herbicides can aid soil conservation. The use of herbicides reduces the need for tilling, preventing soil erosion and water loss.

Did You Know? Yakima County has the most organic farms of any county in Washington?

Fact or Fiction?

Fiction: Organic farming means grown without pesticides.

Fact: The USDA approves a lengthy list of pesticides for organic farming. Take a look here.

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Alternatives to Pesticides

Alternatives to Pesticides and Integrated Pest Management Many sustainable farms use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a compliment or alternative to the use of pesticides....

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