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Post image for A new crop of farmers

The agriculture industry has been graying in recent decades, prompting younger farmers to seek ways to make farms financially sustainable. Meet two such families: the Colemans of Mountain Run Farm and the Lindebergs of Native Spring Farm. In an industry where the average age hovers around 60, Ben and Carly Coleman are decades shy of [...]

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Post image for The Star’s editorial | Agriculture offers a harvest of budget cuts

n the summer debt ceiling deal, Congress set up a “supercommittee” to find $1.2 trillion in additional budget cuts over the next decade. The panel began work — and so did the lobbyists. Among the most energetic are those defending farm subsidies. The wholesale elimination of the nation’s agricultural programs won’t happen. Yet it should [...]

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Post image for Herbs in your Fall Garden

Although there are many definitions of an herb, a simple one that’s easy to remember is “a plant from which roots, stems, leaves, flowers or fruits are used for medicine, food, flavoring or fragrance.” Now you may ask, “Isn’t that most of the plant kingdom?” My reply is “Yes!” and that is why I love [...]

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Post image for The Farm Bill: Better Food Starts Here

Our current food system is broken, and it didn’t happen by accident. Decades of bad food policy designed to benefit agribusinesses and mega-farms, combined with unchecked corporate mergers, have wreaked havoc on family farmers, public health and rural communities. The Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in 2012, and if we can implement certain changes, [...]

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Post image for Flood cleanup poses major mess for Tier farmers

NICHOLS — On the roads and fields around Engelbert Farms in Nichols, there’s a layer of mud that complicates cleanup from last week’s flooding. Where it is shallow, it can be slippery. Where it is deep, it swallows boots. The flood, triggered by back-to-back tropical storms, caused $1.125 million in damages to the farm, according [...]

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Post image for Local apple crops thriving this fall

Local fruit growers are predicting a good apple picking season and want consumers to know they are open for business despite the recent severe weather. “Our hearts go out to our friends in farming who have been wiped out by horrible weather this past month, but for the most part, the apple crop came out [...]

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Post image for Washington State Potato Growers Vote To Continue Marketing Order

Washington state potato growers have voted to continue their federal marketing order program. Eighty percent of growers who voted, representing 52% of the participating volume, voted in favor of continuing the marketing order. The order authorizes the establishment of minimum grade, size, quality, maturity, pack, container, and labeling requirements for Washington state fresh market potatoes. [...]

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Post image for CHEMICALS APPLIED TO FRUIT SUBJECT OF USDA SURVEY

SACRAMENTO – Beginning October 1, fruit growers will be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to participate in the 2011 Fruit Chemical Use Survey. NASS will contact growers in 12 states, including California, to collect information on pesticides used, acres treated and rates applied to more than 20 fruit [...]

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Post image for School Cafeteria’s Fruits and Vegetables Vie With Food Trucks’ Sweet and Salty Treats

On Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Cardenas, 16, stood on the curb outside Novato High School buying his lunch from a food truck that was peddling ice cream, candy, soft drinks and chips. For $3.50, Edgar, a sophomore, purchased a bag of Hot Cheetos, a can of Coca-Cola and a package of Airheads Xtremes candy. In the [...]

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Post image for 10 Not-So-Healthy Health Foods

When it comes to shopping for healthy foods, consumers often fall victim to the same misconceptions. “People think ‘If I eat less calories, I’ll be better off,’” says Sharon Richter, a registered dietician. She adds that people also tend to buy foods toutimg terms such as “light,” “whole grain” or “fat-free” without checking out the [...]

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Post image for Food Insecurity: 1 in 6 Americans Struggles to Buy Food

The number of Americans struggling to put food on the table remains at record levels though the Obama administration says the government’s safety net has kept hunger from getting worse. The USDA reports about one out of every six Americans had trouble coming up with enough money to buy food at some point last year. [...]

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Post image for Grape growers happy with the heat

Roseburg (KMTR) – The heat wave Oregon has been experiencing seems to be a pleasant surprise for grape growers in the region. Alex J. Cabrera, Vineyard Manager at Abacela Winery in Roseburg, says the lagging spring and late summer weather put their crop about a month behind. But now, with warmer temperatures and plenty of [...]

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Post image for Resurgence for Lake County walnut orchards

Energetic, sharp witted and smooth skinned, Alex Suchan seems much younger than his 83 years, much of them spent toiling in the Lake County walnut orchards he’s cultivated for more than six decades. “I eat a lot of walnuts,” he quipped, noting that the nuts are now in vogue. After years being maligned as fat-laden, [...]

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Post image for Canola business blooming for some Mont. growers

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The canola bloom is a rite of summer in the Flathead Valley, with pretty yellow fields emerging across the region’s lush farmland. But this annual event, while embraced as customary today, is actually a new phenomenon, at least on such a widespread scale. Over roughly the past decade, and especially the [...]

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Post image for When it comes to sales to consumers, NH apple growers are pick of the crop

New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill picked the first apple at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis Wednesday, officially kicking off the season. Merrill read a proclamation from Gov. John Lynch recognizing New England Apple Day. The state’s 180 apple growers bring in about $14 million annually, according to Gail McWilliam Jellie, director of agricultural [...]

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Post image for A down year for olive growers

Olive farmers know a thing or two about ups and downs and highs and lows and good times and bad times. Consider this: Last year, olive growers enjoyed a record-setting harvest and, better yet, record-breaking prices. This year, some of those same farmers have applied for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) money. Olive prices [...]

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