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Yields vary as Calif. stone fruit harvests near end

As the harvests of stone fruit in California are wrapping up, growers say the quality of the fruit is excellent but some varieties' yields are down. The picking of other summer fruit is ongoing. More

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Calif. to cool off gradually in September

Temperatures in northern and central California are expected to cool off gradually in September, but forecasters say no significant rain is yet on... More


Potato drop organizers to grow Boise event

The Idaho Potato Commission intends to contribute more assistance to a Boise New Year's Eve celebration featuring the dropping of a giant potato. More


Tours offer up-close look at working forest

In addition to the weekly tour, which Starker Forests operates from mid-June to mid-September, the company provides special tours for elementary... More

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Mobile users bring change to Oregon ag department’s website

The Oregon Department of Agriculture updated its website to reflect the new way people are viewing the site. More

$113,000 grant could help Idaho apple growers

A $113,000 specialty crop grant awarded through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture will help University of Idaho researchers continue an orchard trial designed to help apple growers improve their bottom line. More

IPC ends relationship with fitness expert

The Idaho Potato Commission has ended its business relationship with fitness and nutrition expert Denise Austin. More

ODA wants to renew water availability in five basins

A program that allows Oregon farmers to appropriate new water rights by building storage projects may be renewed by state regulators. More

Sheriff steps up rural patrols in Grant County

The Grant County Sheriff's Office in Ephrata, Wash., is stepping up patrols in rural areas to try to cut down on property theft, including livestock paneling. The office relies on accurate information from witnesses in the rural community, public information officer Kyle Foreman says. More

San Francisco to be first to test urban farming law

San Francisco will be the first to put the state law into effect beginning Sept. 8 because the San Francisco Board of Supervisors already approved a local ordinance. More

Montana officials study federal land takeover idea

A state takeover of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands could be expensive, incurring an annual deficit of $367 million. More

California fires burn cabin, threaten homes

The blaze erupted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday along the Russian River near Forestville in Sonoma County. More

Calif. antibiotics bill awaits Brown’s approval

A bill that would write the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new guidelines for antibiotic use in livestock into California law is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's approval. More

California mushroom production in decline

The volume of Agaricus mushrooms sold in California declined 14 percent in the commodity's most recent season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. More

Ranchers argue against moving flock off grazing lands

The Stevens County Cattlemen's Association says moving Hunters, Wash., rancher Dave Dashiell's sheep out of land where the rancher has a grazing contract to protect the herd from wolves would threaten private property rights. Association president Steve Nielsen says preventing legitimate use of... More

OSU looks at possible remediation for water rule

Oregon State University researchers are experimenting with different ways to help onion growers in the Treasure Valley area deal with possible new federal rules that would limit how much generic E. coli bacteria can be present in irrigation water. More

Giving triticale a chance

A handful of farmers in the Pacific Northwest are raising triticale for forage and for grain. If crop insurance were available for the blend between durum wheat and rye acreage would "skyrocket," says Howard Nelson with Central Washington Grain Growers. More

Vast Northern California wildfire keeps surging

The lightning-sparked fire near the Oregon border had forced the evacuation of people in as many as 250 scattered rural homes and other buildings by late Thursday. More

California counties ask to form separate state

Six counties have so far approved plans to pursue secession, either through elected officials or at the ballot box, and supporters plan to submit more petitions in the coming months. More

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