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Weather cuts into Washington wheat crop

A cold winter and severely dry conditions shrank wheat production in Washington State, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service says. Overall winter wheat production was down 19 percent in the Pacific Northwest. More

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USDA awards grants from 2014 Farm Bill

U.S. Department of Agriculture distributes money to promote organic food, farmers' markets and local food distribution networks. More


‘Terroir’ matters in cheese, researcher finds

Lisbeth Goddik of Oregon State University helps the dairy industry resolve problems in milk and cheese production. More


Calif. strawberry crop on pace for record

With its peak season drawing to a close, strawberry production in California is still on a pace for its eighth record-setting year in the last nine... More

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Gov. Brown vetoes antibiotics, farm labor bills

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed bills that would have given new voluntary federal standards for antibiotic use in livestock the force of law in the Golden State and made a farm labor mediator's decision immediately implementable even if an appeal has been filed. More

No more storms on horizon for California

After last week's impressive rainstorm in Northern California, October is expected to remain mostly dry, according to forecasters. More

Art Antonelli, retired WSU extension entomologist, dies at 70

Art Antonelli, who worked for 35 years at the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center, died Sept. 26. He was 70. More

Beet growers say processing removes GM material from sugar

The sugar industry believes GMO labeling requirements, such as the initiative that will appear on Oregon's November election ballot, are misleading for their product. Whether it's derived from GMO beets or not, sucrose sugar is chemically the same. More

State plans meeting on NE Washington wolf management

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss wolf management during a meeting Oct. 7 in Colville, Wash. More

Worker dies after East Idaho spud harvest accident

Police have identified a farmworker killed during potato harvest in Eastern Idaho. More

OSU will host farm succession workshops

The workshops are aimed at both the retiring and the aspiring generations of farmers. More

California burns through initial firefighting budget

So far this year, the state has responded to nearly 5,000 fires, about 1,200 more than average through the first nine months of the calendar year. More

Rain complicates Treasure Valley harvest

Five straight days of rain has complicated harvest for Idaho and Oregon farmers in the Treasure Valley area, particularly onion and dry bean growers. More

Fight over GMO labeling takes to the airwaves

Supporters and opponents of Measure 92, an Oregon ballot initiative that would require food containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled, have each started television adverstising campaigns. More

Judge rules BLM violated grazing laws in Idaho

The decision is round two of a lawsuit led by the conservation group Western Watersheds Project that is challenging nearly 600 BLM grazing allotments across southern Idaho. More

Idaho wolf, coyote hunting derby wants larger area

The BLM plans to make public an environmental analysis Thursday and take public comments for 15 days. More

Yakima County woman has West Nile virus

It’s unknown if the woman was infected locally, but the virus was found in the county this summer in mosquitoes. More

Inslee: SBA approves emergency help for wildfires

The declaration clears the way for low-interest loans for qualified businesses and residents of Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Skagit and Whatcom counties. More

Temperatures dropping across Oregon

Frost is possible Thursday morning in outlying areas around Portland. More

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