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Huge apple crop pushes bin production
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Huge apple crop pushes bin production
With a huge Washington apple crop, producers of wood and plastic apple bins say they are making more but decline to reveal production levels. KapStone, the region's main cardboard box manufacturer, had no comment.

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Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices
Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices
Washington and Oregon cranberry growers enjoy a good harvest, but Wisconsin farmers will dictate market conditions.
DOL seeks additional charges against growers
DOL seeks additional charges against growers
The U.S. Department of Labor wants to expand litigation against Oregon blueberry farmers accused of "hot goods" labor law violations.
Idaho apple growers report bumper crop
Idaho apple growers report bumper crop
With Idaho's apple harvest winding down, orchardists are reporting a bumper crop this year.
Washington apple harvest starts final leg
Washington apple harvest starts final leg
Washington apple harvest enters the home stretch with more selective picking than normal because of a huge crop. Harvest started Aug. 1 and will finish about Nov. 15.
Rustlers grab 3 calves from Culver ranches
As many as 200 head of cattle are stolen each year in Oregon but many losses aren’t reported to law enforcement.
U.S. dairymen adding cows on good margins
U.S. dairymen adding cows on good margins
U.S. milk production was up 4.1 percent in September over year-ago levels, boosted by 78,000 additional cows and increased per cow production of almost 2 pounds.
77,000-acre cattle operation changes hands
Another large property in Central Oregon recently changed hands.
Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest
Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest
California rice farmers are wrapping up their harvest of a crop that's expected to be 23 percent smaller than last year's. Good yields on many of the acres that were planted will help make up at least a small part of the loss of revenue, as will sales of...
CPOW plans 10th annual meeting
The Cattle Producers of Washington hold their annual meeting Oct. 31 in Airway Heights, Wash.
Irrigation district to convert wells to surface water
Irrigation district to convert wells to surface water
Irrigators with southcentral Idaho's A & B Irrigation District plan to build a new pipeline in order to provide supplemental surface water to irrigate about 1,500 acres of farm land where wells are declining.

Livestock

Rustlers grab 3 calves from Culver ranches
As many as 200 head of cattle are stolen each year in Oregon but many losses aren’t reported to law enforcement.
77,000-acre cattle operation changes hands
Another large property in Central Oregon recently changed hands.
CPOW plans 10th annual meeting
WSU grad named Washington state veterinarian
Cattle killed in E. Idaho tractor-trailer crash

Dairy

U.S. dairymen adding cows on good margins
U.S. milk production was up 4.1 percent in September over year-ago levels, boosted by 78,000 additional cows and increased per cow production of...
Cash dairy markets cause head-scratching
Columnist Lee Mielke rounds up the week's dairy industry news.
Web tool aids dairy insurance decisions
Idaho cheese company, feds reach settlement
Yogurt is now official New York state snack

Energy

California solar tower that can kill birds dropped
The plant would have used “power tower” technology that trains concentrated solar power on steam boiler towers. State and federal...
KiOR fights ex-director as debt nears due date
The sniping comes as KiOR seeks to raise money and avoid defaulting on $250 million in debt, including $69.4 million owed on a no-interest loan from...

FFA

Horses

Wild horse adoption planned in Boise
the horses from the Hard Trigger Wild Horse Herd Management Area will be available at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals off Pleasant Valley Road in south...
West Nile diagnosed in Nevada horse
The horse had not been vaccinated in the past 12 to 18 months.

Nursery

Mexican trucking pilot expires
A three-year pilot program of allowing Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the United States has expired and the Department of Transportation has not...

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Huge apple crop pushes bin production
With a huge Washington apple crop, producers of wood and plastic apple bins say they are making more but decline to reveal production levels.
Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production
California olive oil producers are hoping to match last year's mark of 3.5 million gallons after adverse weather affected crop development.
Stemilt picks a new apple
Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices
DOL seeks additional charges against growers

Organic

The meaning of ‘organic’ hazy for nonfood items
Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if organic claims on non-food items are bogus.
Organic industry confused by GMO vaccines
A lack of clarity about which livestock vaccines are made with genetically modified organisms is creating confusion in the organic industry.
Dairy farmers ask for help with hungry elk
Farm rolls out welcome mat for beneficial insects

Outdoors

Research Center

New atlas will help find ‘gaps’ in crop production
Creators of the atlas say the technology could help farmers produce enough food to support more than 9 billion people by 2050 while conserving water...
Commodity groups turn to science to help shape federal nutrition policy
To help shape the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, U.S. commodity groups consider it a top priority to promote and advance science demonstrating the...
Researchers study dung beetle role in cleaning up soil pathogens
Illinois farmer interested in drones
Study: Rivers recover quickly after dams removed

Rural Life

Nation’s pro rodeo leaders
A listing of the top U.S. rodeo performers.
Cattle ranch keeps family busy
Maggie Justice of John Day, Ore., writes about her grandfather's ranch.
Favorite boots get new lease on life
Conference focuses on small farms
San Diego Padres player a pumpkin farmer

Timber

Hal Salwasser, former OSU College of Forestry dean, dies at 69
Hal Salwasser, former dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, has died at age 69.
College of Forestry hopes to build ‘showpiece’
The plans include a remodel of Peavy Hall, headquarters of the college, and construction of a Center for Advanced Wood Building Design and...
Wood more environmentally sound building material, OSU forester says
UI course helps forest owners formulate plans
Group appeals after losing log salvage lawsuit

Water

Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production
California olive oil producers are hoping to match last year's mark of 3.5 million gallons after adverse weather affected crop development.
Record rain in Portland triggers sewer overflow
Wednesday’s sewage overflow is the third such event in 2014.
Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest
Irrigation district to convert wells to surface water
Rain damage, water shortage hamper pumpkin crop