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Idaho aquifer agreement finalized

Irrigators with Idaho's Surface Water Coalition and groundwater users with Idaho Groundwater Appropriators, Inc., have finalized an agreement that aims to reverse declining aquifer levels and avert future water calls. More

Featured Stories

Planning, new markets top Washington potato leader’s priorities

Mike Dodds, of Moses Lake, Wash., is the new chairman of the Washington Potato Commission. He is the raw material and environmental manager at... More


Advisor helps SJ Valley growers meet challenges, opportunities

Maxwell Norton, the retiring director of the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Merced County, was in early pioneer in research... More


Lawyers outline Idaho reservoir refill resolution

A negotiated settlement earlier this year in the upper Snake water system firms up the right to physically fill a reservoir even if the accounting... More

The Latest

Cantwell introduces bill to continue fed role in Yakima water plan

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has introduced a bill to continue federal participation in the long journey to increase water supplies in Yakima Basin. More

Heat, herbicide-resistant barley on Spillman Field Day agenda

Washington State University showcases its grain and legume research July 14 in Pullman, Wash. More

Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says

Drought-related stress on trees will likely lead to a slightly smaller almond crop in California this year, industry officials have predicted. The crop estimate comes after last year's crop came in smaller than expected. More

Ranchers like outlook for cattle prices

Prices aren't as good as last year, but ranchers like beef market. More

Wildlife officials investigate bird die offs south of Boise

The dead birds show no signs of physical injury and were not sickened by plague. More

Oregon House backs higher speed limits

Most of the highways in Eastern Oregon would have a speed limit of 65 mph outside city limits, up from 55. Interstate 84 from The Dalles to Idaho would rise to 70, as would all of Highway 95 in the state’s southeastern corner. More

Increased institutional food buying could bolster local farms

Because of their buying power and the millions of meals they serve, institutions such as hospitals, prisons and retirement centers could have a dramatic ripple effect on Oregon food growers and processors if they bought local products. More

Cantwell bill aims to address water issues in Yakima

The legislation would authorize projects and money for the first phase of a plan developed to meet competing water needs in the Yakima Basin. More

Disagreement among allies strangles Washington wolf bill

The only wolf-related legislation with a chance of passing the Washington Legislature succumbed to a disagreement among allies. More

Oregon adds century, sesquicentennial farms and ranches

Oregon farms that have been in continuous family operation for 100 or 150 years will be honored at the state fair in August. More

Barley states respond to Idaho’s invitation to cooperate

The Idaho Barley Commission has invited other barley producing states to work closely together on important issues, including research and transportation infrastructure. More

Current heat wave affecting NW crops

Extended periods of heat can reduce the yields of significant crops, including wheat, barley and canola. More

National science panel opens review of livestock disease

The panel is convening for two days to gather information about brucellosis, which can cause pregnant animals to abort their young. More

Idaho sustainability program improving yields, efficiency

A Thresher Artisan Wheat sustainability program has helped growers reduce use of inputs and increase yields, according to new data. More

PGG announces new marketing agreement to strengthen selling price

Pendleton Grain Growers is joining up with McCoy Grain Terminal of Rosalia, Washington, to market 100 percent of the co-op's grain handle. More

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