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  • Floods killed cattle in Skagit and Whatcom counties

    Anna King|Dec 1, 2021

    First published Nov. 23, 2021 at 6:43 PM PST Chris Sybrandy, a Skagit County dairy farmer, says he recently helped haul more than 40 dead animals out of barns for his friends nearby. “I made a decision that I needed to help them take their cows out, so they didn’t have to take their own animals out,” Sybrandy says. “Having raised these cows from babies, I didn’t want them to have to take them out themselves.” The worst of mid-November’s flood waters are slowly starting to recede in northern Washington, after about 100-thousand cattle were j...

  • How imports are squeezing the big U.S. (and Northwest) blueberry business

    Anna King|Oct 7, 2020

    NW News Network PULLMAN — A year ago, blueberry executives and farmers from all over the world celebrated at a scenic winery near Richland, Washington. James Dean Kindle & the East Oregon Playboys jammed out catchy Western tunes in the ballroom. But as the wine flowed and chafing dishes brimmed with beef sliders and salmon cakes, there were warning signs for U.S. blueberry farmers. Imports from Mexico, Peru, Chile and Canada are shipping in lower-cost fruit during the U.S. growing season. “Now basically, we have Mexican fruit coming in fr...

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