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The Farm Bill Simplified

The farm bill is a multi-year law that governs an array of agriculture and food programs. Officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, it covers everything from farming and agricultural conservation to rural development and domestic nutrition...
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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,...
Italian loaf

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...
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Grilled Brie Sandwiches with Pears and Balsamic Glaze

In about 20 minutes, you can have a batch of tangy-sweet Balsamic glaze that you can keep on-hand to use with everything from sandwiches and sliced tomatoes to grilled meats. A good focaccia with big, tender holes is a...
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Grilled Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Capered Cream Cheese

Grilled Smoked Salmon with Capered Cream Cheese Smoked salmon and cream cheese is a time-honored pairing. For a quick fix, stir some capers and lemon zest into herbed cream cheese. Makes 4 sandwiches 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped capers 1 tablespoon finely minced...
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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...

All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

In honor of national chocolate chip day (May 15), we’re celebrating with our all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. The addition of a splash of lemon juice seems bizarre, but it’s the secret ingredient that somehow gives these cookies...

Revised Washington Pesticide Bill Establishes a “Safety Work Group”

Recently, a Washington pesticide bill quietly made its way through the state Legislature. The form of Senate Bill 6529 that passed in late January is, thankfully, but a shadow of the original bill Washington farmers defined as destructive. Proponents of...

Five Ways GMOs Help Farmers Protect the Environment

Few topics in farming drive more debate than GMOs. Unfortunately, much of the controversy is based on misinformation and misunderstanding. In reality, GMOs protect the environment and our food supply system. They allow farmers to produce healthier crops, yielding...

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.


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...

Farmers Weekly Poll

The Farm Bill Simplified