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Washington Ecology to write guide to ‘best’ ag practices

Washington Department of Ecology will develop 'best-management practices' for agriculture, a response to complaints from the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists and tribes. More

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Researchers share latest findings at potato field day in Hermiston

The Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center hosted its annual potato field day on Wednesday. More


Agritourism: If you grow it, they will come

A workshop on agritourism was held Tuesday in Boardman. More


Volume of dead trees could make removal difficult, company official says

U.S. Forest Service aerial surveys have identified a record 66 million dead trees in Southern Sierra Nevada forests. The sheer volume of dead and... More

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Boise Project Board of Control irrigators will have good water year

Irrigators in Southwestern Idaho and a small part of Eastern Oregon who get their water from the Boise Project Board of Control are looking at a good water year. More

FBI: Utah militia leader planned to bomb BLM cabin

An FBI agent said in charging documents that William Keebler, 57, was planning to retaliate against the federal government that he felt was harassing people and imposing overreaching grazing restrictions on ranchers. More

Flames roar through central California homes; thousands flee

“The forces of nature collided with a spark,” Kern County, Calif., Fire Chief Brian Marshall said. More

Difficult year for Washington apple exports

A strong dollar, small crop and high prices all contributed to a decline in Washington apple exports over the 2015 sales season that ends this fall. More

Farmers worry who will control escaped genetically engineered bentgrass

Genetically engineered creeping bentgrass escaped from field trials near Malheur and Jefferson counties in 2003. Thirteen years later, some farmers in these areas are concerned that they will soon be left on the hook for controlling it. More

Weyerhaeuser plans to close Montana lumber mill

The company will continue to operate three Montana mills — a medium-density fiberboard mill in Columbia Falls, a lumber mill in Kalispell and a plywood mill in Kalispell. More

Another gray wolf may be roaming N. California

The animal is not a member of the Shasta Pack, the breeding pair and pups spotted in eastern Siskiyou County in 2015. More

Sales figures might prove if marijuana is Oregon’s most valuable crop

Backers have always maintained marijuana is Oregon's most valuable agricultural crop. Sales and tax figures collected this year may settle that question once and for all. More

Drought kills 66 million trees in California’s Sierra

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who oversees the Forest Service, said disaster awaits if more money isn’t invested in managing forests in California and across the country. More

For love of monarchs, Oregon couple grows food to sustain them

Can a voluntary campaign to plant milkweed keep a wobbling species off the endangered species list, and regulators out of producers' hair? More

Bill to change Calif. ag overtime law revived — again

A bill to reduce the hours a California farmworker has to work to receive overtime pay has been revived after having been defeated earlier this month. The author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, inserted the language into another bill that had advanced to the Senate. More

After spraying, Washington, Oregon search for gypsy moths

Washington and Oregon will set out more traps this summer to catch gypsy moths, following up on extensive spring spraying campaigns. More

Rain takes a bite out of Washington cherry crop

A heavy rain damaged Washington’s cherry crop June 18, but there’s still plenty of fruit and later fruit that wasn't damaged. More

Oregon slaughter facilities face challenges

Oregon's slaughter facilities are under pressure as owners retire or die, but replacedments are hard to find. More

Sakuma objects to fees claimed by workers’ lawyers

Washington berry farm Sakuma Brothers argues workers' attorneys should receive far less in fees than they've asked for. More

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