Poultry Quarantined For Avian Flu In Okanogan County

AP |Jan. 30, 2015 9:09 a.m.

The state Department of Agriculture imposed a poultry quarantine Thursday in part of Okanogan County after avian flu was discovered in turkeys and pheasants.

Farmworker Safety Training Classes Fill Up In Washington

AP |Jan. 29, 2015 9:22 a.m.

Demand for farmworker safety classes is high because retailers increasingly rely on private auditors to visit processors, packers and farms throughout the world to verify good environmental stewardship and worker protections.

Wash. Company Recalls Beef Produced In 2012

AP |Jan. 29, 2015 7:50 a.m.

A Toppenish, Washington, company is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless beef-trim products produced in 2012 that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

Medford's Last Milk Processing Plant Closing

AP |Jan. 28, 2015 10:42 a.m.

Seattle-based Darigold says it would cost too much to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations.

Poultry Quarantine Lifted In SE Washington

AP |Jan. 28, 2015 7:23 a.m.

The Washington Agriculture Department has lifted a quarantine that restricted the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry products in parts of southeast Washington after avian flu was found in backyard flocks in December.

Washington Supreme Court To Hear Case Involving Farmworkers

AP |Jan. 26, 2015 9:24 a.m.

The Washington Supreme Court this spring will decide whether farmers are required to pay farmworkers — who earn wages based on how much they pick — additional money for rest breaks.

19 Environmental Groups Join Push For Stricter Oregon Pesticide Spraying Rules

OPB |Jan. 23, 2015 4:39 p.m.

Environmental groups want stronger rules for spraying herbicides on Oregon forests.

Governor Seeks To Expand Oregon's GMO Authority

Capital Press |Jan. 20, 2015 2:28 p.m.

A bill proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber seeks to expand the authority of state farm regulators over genetically engineered crops.

Washington House Considers Outlawing Undercover Farm Videos

AP |Jan. 20, 2015 11:15 a.m.

A bill by a  farmer-legislator that would make it a criminal act to make audio or video recordings of a farm's practices without the landowner's written consent is being considered by the Washington state House.

Pumpkin Seeds Could Be Future Cash Crop For Oregon, Idaho

AP |Jan. 20, 2015 8:45 a.m.

Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nation's decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.

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