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High-Tech Farming for Affordable, Sustainable Food

Agriculture and technology both drive Washington’s economy. Agriculture contributes more than $51 billion to the state’s economy. Now, advances in technology help farmers improve our state’s food production systems, so high-tech farming means more people have access to affordable...

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...

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 brought the debate over water rights to a head in our communities and our courts....

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...

Going Gluten Free?

3 Million Going Gluten Free without Celiac Disease Celiac disease rates have held steady in recent years at less than one percent of the U.S. population, but more than three million non-celiac Americans now follow a gluten free diet, according...

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...

Truth About Snake River Dams

Fact or Fiction: Truth About Breaching the Snake River Dams Debates and court battles about the future of the Snake River Dams have persisted for decades as opponents of the dams’ existence argue vehemently that breaching them is the only...

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...

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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Crop Rotation for Weed Control

Crop rotation is one of the oldest and most effective cultural control strategies as a planned order of specific crops planted on the same field....

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