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Judge rules softwood lumber checkoff unlawful
Judge rules softwood lumber checkoff unlawful
The softwood lumber checkoff, which raises money to promote wood products, was created unlawfully, according to a federal judge.

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Court upholds $3 million judgment against food manufacturer over pay
The justices sided with the workers who said Arkansas’ Minimum Wage Act required the company to compensate them for the activities despite an agreement with the union.
Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
Cargill plans to keep several operations in Wichita
Most of the 900 employees that work in its Wichita-based operations are housed in a 10-story building.
Judge orders rancher to repay USDA $65,000 for loan he misused
Authorities say he received a $76,000 USDA loan administered by the Farm Service Agency to buy sheep and cover expenses for their care. But he sold the sheep without the FSA approval and deposited the proceeds of the sale into his personal bank account...
Senate votes to scrap catfish inspection program
Critics have said the added regulation is wasteful and solely intended to raise a new, higher hurdle for catfish imports from Vietnam and other nations. Besides the new catfish inspections, USDA has traditionally only been responsible for meat, poultry...
Parasitic wasps drafted into battle against ash borer
Four species of parasitic wasps naturally target the larval and egg stages of the ash borer, which has killed an estimated 38 million ash trees in urban and residential areas.
Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
About 28 percent of California's raisin grape acreage was harvested mechanically last season, up dramatically from two years ago, and experts think machine harvests will keep increasing as labor costs rise.
U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
U.S. organic sales in the U.S. thrived in 2015 but could have been even more robust with sufficient supply, an issue the industry is addressing.
Apple commission chief pushes logo
Apple commission chief pushes logo
With the world apple export market expected to grow tougher, the Washington Apple Commission president says companies should use the state's generic apple logo more.
Risk Management Agency exec touts whole farm revenue protection
Risk Management Agency exec touts whole farm revenue protection
USDA Risk Management Agency Associate Administrator Tim Gannon visited the Pacific Northwest this week to talk about programs added by the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Court upholds $3 million judgment against food manufacturer over pay
The justices sided with the workers who said Arkansas’ Minimum Wage Act required the company to compensate them for the activities despite an...
Cargill plans to keep several operations in Wichita
Most of the 900 employees that work in its Wichita-based operations are housed in a 10-story building.
Judge orders rancher to repay USDA $65,000 for loan he misused
Senate votes to scrap catfish inspection program
Parasitic wasps drafted into battle against ash borer

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Judge rules softwood lumber checkoff unlawful
The softwood lumber checkoff, which raises money to promote wood products, was created unlawfully, according to a federal judge.
Wilco, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon propose merger
Wilco and Hazlenut Growers of Oregon, two farm cooperatives, are considering a merger.
Portland daily grain report
Court upholds $3 million judgment against food manufacturer over pay
Portland daily grain report

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Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
Portland daily grain report
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Wheat growers organization names new CEO
Chandler Goule has been named new CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
Judge orders rancher to repay USDA $65,000 for loan he misused
Authorities say he received a $76,000 USDA loan administered by the Farm Service Agency to buy sheep and cover expenses for their care. But he sold...
Senate votes to scrap catfish inspection program
U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
Conservation groups want to stop Utah lands push

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Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
About 28 percent of California's raisin grape acreage was harvested mechanically last season, up dramatically from two years ago, and experts think...
Apple commission chief pushes logo
With the world apple export market expected to grow tougher, the Washington Apple Commission president says companies should use the state's generic...
Hoping to increase demand, commission turns to domestic market for western white wheat
USDA to increase raw cane sugar imports
American Sugar Cane League: 2016 crop shows good potential