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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.  IPM is a growing movement among farms of all sizes that incorporates a variety of...

Update: Glyphosate and Cancer

In January, a judge ordered that the state of California can require Monsanto to label its Roundup product as a possible cancer threat. The court ruled on the basis of a 2015 monograph from the International Agency for Research...
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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...

How Using Technology Makes Our Family Farm Better

(Here is an excerpt from an editorial that originally appeared in the Sunday August 28, 2016 eEdition of StarTribune. Click on the link below to read the entire article.) How Using Technology Makes Our Family Farm Better Thanks to innovations like...

USDA Report says, 97-Percent of all U.S. Farms are Family-Owned

USDA Report says, 97-Percent of all U.S. Farms are Family-Owned So THIS is the face of corporate farming; The American family. According to a 2012 United States Department of Agriculture census, 97-percent of all U.S. farms are family-owned. The USDA’s National...
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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...

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...

Lose Weight with Whole Grains

It’s no secret that whole grains protect against a host of life-threatening conditions, from heart disease and cancer to diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight plays a key role in preventing chronic illnesses such as these. Now, new research...

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,...

Proposed Washington Carbon Tax is The Wrong Approach: 5-Part Series

Our state’s most vulnerable residents and our agricultural industry will take the hardest blows if Governor Inslee’s latest push for a Washington State carbon tax is adopted. Senate Bill 6230 passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee earlier this month,...

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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Washington’s Water Laws: Favoring Fish over Residents

Legal conflict concerning Washington’s water laws has intensified over the last four years. One of the most recent rulings, Hirst v. Whatcom County, has...

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