Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes

MIAMI (AP) — British biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans Thursday to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a species that spreads Zika and other diseases.

Deployment...

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Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air

FORT McMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Canadian officials began evacuating 8,000 people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray by air on Thursday and hoped to move thousands more via a highway convoy Friday if it is safe from a massive...

Wildlife group proposes deer farm crackdown to fight disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A prominent sportsmen’s group wants Gov. Scott Walker to crack down on captive deer farms as he considers revising the state’s chronic wasting disease tactics.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation’s...

Raw milk bill sours in Louisiana agriculture committee

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have killed an attempt to lift the state’s ban on sales of unpasteurized — or “raw” — milk for the third year in a row.

The House agriculture committee...

Oklahoma’s wheat production predicted to rebound

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma agriculture experts have predicted that the state’s wheat harvest will far exceed that of 2015 after years of farmers struggling through harsh freezes and drought.

The Oklahoman reports that this week...

UC webinar series to help farms with agritourism
UC webinar series to help farms with agritourism

DAVIS, Calif. — A series of upcoming University of California webinars will provide free marketing and other advice to farms that have made agritourism a part of their business.

The hour-long, 11 a.m. webinars will be held every two weeks...

Oregon clarifies industrial hemp rules
Oregon clarifies industrial hemp rules

Oregon has adopted temporary rules for people who want to grow or handle industrial hemp this summer. Revisions in the rules reflect changes made by the Oregon Legislature, state Department of Agriculture spokesman Bruce Pokarney said.

The rules...

When it comes to wheat, it’s all about quality
When it comes to wheat, it’s all about quality

RALSTON, Wash. — Mike Miller knelt in a field to inspect his wheat crop on a recent April morning.

After two years of drought followed by a wet winter, moisture levels in the field were near average, and an early streak of warm weather...

Straw-compressing dispute raises Oregon land use questions
Straw-compressing dispute raises Oregon land use questions

SALEM — A conflict over a straw-compressing facility has raised legal questions over what type of crop “processing” or “preparation” is allowed outright on Oregon farmland.

The Oregon Court of Appeals must now...

Kuna FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming
Kuna FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming

KUNA, Idaho — About 4,000 first and second graders from throughout the Treasure Valley received a hands-on farming experience May 2-5 during Kuna High School’s annual agricultural expo.

The school’s FFA students organize the...

Producer, distributor and institutional chefs team up to go whole hog
Producer, distributor and institutional chefs team up to go whole hog

PORTLAND — A meat distribution company, a catering service that operates corporate and institutional cafes, and a Washington pork producer are tweaking the food system in a way that saves money and reduces waste.

Whether the model can be...

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In California, couple’s return to meat sparks vegan uproar

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and...

Study: Sudden oak death might be unstoppable in California

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — An epidemic of the tree disease “sudden oak death” cannot be eradicated in California, but it can be...

UC webinar series to help farms with agritourism
Oregon clarifies industrial hemp rules
Straw-compressing dispute raises Oregon land use questions

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Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes

MIAMI (AP) — British biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans Thursday to release millions of genetically...

Portland daily grain report

Portland, Ore., Friday, May 6, 2016

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All Bids in dollars per bushel. Bids are limited and not fully established...

Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air
Oklahoma’s wheat production predicted to rebound
UC webinar series to help farms with agritourism

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In California, couple’s return to meat sparks vegan uproar

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and...

Study: Sudden oak death might be unstoppable in California

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — An epidemic of the tree disease “sudden oak death” cannot be eradicated in California, but it can be...

Wildlife group proposes deer farm crackdown to fight disease
Raw milk bill sours in Louisiana agriculture committee
Kuna FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming

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‘Go-slow’ federal agencies hurt farmers

It appears the federal agencies that coordinate the H-2A program to obtain guestworkers for harvesting crops and other farm jobs are giving U.S.

Meatless Mondays won’t save the planet

Ask any environmentalist and you are likely to hear that livestock production in the United States is responsible for 50 percent of greenhouse gas...

Let’s find out how GMOs impact organics
Congress, not president, must fix immigration laws
BLM Resource Management Plan fails Western Oregon

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