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Rain ends drought in Western Washington, federal monitors say

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that drought has receded with Western Washington awash in precipitation. More

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Bayer CEO to address FarWest conference

Far West Agribusiness Association holds its annual winter conference Dec. 8-10 in Kennewick, Wash. More


Opportunity grows in cider apples

Oregon's new farmers include people such as Richard Hostetter, whose experience in international financial markets convinced him that agriculture is... More


H-2A provider increases bus inspections

In light of fatal H-2A-worker bus accidents in other states, the largest provider of H-2A foreign guestworkers in the West is stepping up its... More

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Fire temporarily closes farm store in Walla Walla

The Cascade Farm and Outdoor store in Walla Walla, Wash., is temporarily closed due to a Nov. 27 fire. More

Strong salmon returns up Columbia River past McNary Dam

Overall, 2.3 million adult salmon passed through Bonneville Dam near Portland, making it the second-strongest year on record for the entire Columbia Basin. More

Calif. processors: Expand milk discussion beyond cheese

California milk processors say the discussion of a federal milk marketing order for the state needs to include a better understanding of the entire milk chain. More

Giant Idaho potato tour could roll on well past 2016

Idaho Potato Commission board members have informally asked the public relations firm handling the Big Idaho Potato Truck to attempt to quantify its value. At the same time, they agreed the promotion is well worth the $750,000 the commission spends on it each year. More

Barley yellow dwarf widespread in Idaho fall grain

Barley yellow dwarf virus has surfaced again in Idaho fall grains, raising concerns about yet another season of high disease pressure. More

ISU facility testing new food-safety technology

A high-tech company based in Atlanta aims to address irridiate food to improve storage life, reduce pathogens and control pests, conducting its testing at Idaho State University. More

Hay growers plan annual meeting in Clayton

The Northeast Washington Haygrowers Association annual meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5 in Clayton, Wash., roughly 25 miles north of Spokane. More

Wolf researcher says Oregon management eventually will include hunting

More than two dozen scientists ask U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - again - to take gray wolves off the endangered species list. More

Idaho’s wine industry receives second AVA designation

Idaho's wine industry has received its second American Viticultural Area designation. An AVA is a federally designated wine grape growing region that has distinct geographic characteristics. More

Cold Train amends lawsuit against BNSF

An inoperative refrigerated rail service, Cold Train, renews litigation against BNSF after the original lawsuit was dismissed. More

Calif. navel oranges sweet, plentiful amid bumper crop

California navel orange growers are several weeks of the harvest of what is expected to be an 86-million-carton crop, as the sugar content has been high from the beginning of harvest and color and size are improving. More

Beef, long tops in Malheur County, now No. 1 in Oregon

Ranchers running cow-calf pairs have done well recently because there have been fewer animals on the market. More

daho officials OK implementation of sage grouse plan

The Idaho Land Board voted 5-0 to have the Idaho Department of Lands move forward with actions set out in the 82-page Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan. More

Group’s Food Network table grape ads cast wide demographic net

The California Table Grape Commission is maintaining a unique partnership with the Food Network as the exclusive home for its advertising and marketing campaign. More

Idaho team places fourth in national FFA contest

The American Falls, Idaho, FFA chapter placed fourth nationally in an FFA agricultural issues competition, debating the merits of Idaho's former "ag gag" law. More

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