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Final analysis recommends deregulation of GE bentgrass

USDA has released a final environmental impact statement that recommends deregulation of a genetically engineered creeping bentgrass that escaped field trials in 2003 and has taken root in two Oregon counties. More

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WSDA moves to shut down slaughterhouse, again

The Washington State Department of Agriculture seeks to close down a butcher who has been processing meat for two years without a license More

 

Ag leaders slow to react to Labor pick

Leaders of organizations involved in labor-intensive agriculture don’t know a lot about President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for... More

 

Tree fruit expert Fred Valentine dies at 81

A well-respected horticulturalist in northcentral Washington, Fred Valentine, has died at age 81. He was involved in development of the Cameo apple. More

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Meter reader survives attack by two bulls

Two bulls were euthanized by animal control after attacking a Grant County PUD meter reader near Moses Lake, Wash. More

Small grains researchers offer email update service

Farmers can sign up for the Washington State University small grains email update service for news and updates on research. More

Idaho hay glut weighs down prices

Alfalfa hay prices are bound to dip below breakeven,which is running about $80 a ton in southern Idaho, before they turn around. More

Wage laws will prompt farmers to cut laborers’ hours, survey finds

A survey of produce growers found that many plan to cut labor costs by reducing production in California or turning to mechanization in response to the state's new minimum wage and agricultural overtime laws. More

Apple industry giant Bill Evans dies at 87

Bill Evans, co-founder and president of Evans Fruit Co., one of the largest tree fruit companies in Washington state, died Dec. 6. He was known as his own man, unafraid to stand alone on principle. More

Groups sue feds to force Washington to protect Puget Soun

A similar lawsuit by the same group — Portland, Oregon-based Northwest Environmental Advocates — resulted in the agencies cutting $1.2 million in grant funding to Oregon this year. More

Washington Ecology backs spraying herbicide in bay

The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to let shellfish growers spay herbicide in Willapa Bay to kill an invasive eelgrass for at least two more years More

Fuel breaks to limit rangeland fires proposed in 3 states

The Tri-State Fuel Break Project would create gaps in combustible vegetation along existing roads on public lands. More

Rebounding California gray wolf holds onto protection

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has published its plan for managing wolves. More

Developer wants robotic apple picker in orchards in 2018

A robotic apple picker maybe commercially ready for orchards in two years and practical and affordable within 10 years, its developer says. More

Latest compromise drought relief bill receives praise, opposition

A farm group is praising the latest effort at compromise drought relief legislation in Congress, calling it a step in the right direction. More

Far West annual meeting addresses Farm Bill, Trump optimism

The Far West Agribusiness Association's annual meeting Dec.13-14 in Kennewick, Wash., includes talk about the meaning of a Donald Trump administration and other hot topics. More

Washington dilutes fine for spilling vinegar into river

Washington Department of Ecology slashes fine for spilling vinegar because Fleischmann's installs lights to cut energy use. More

Neighbors oppose Idaho plan to log cedar grove

About 50 people who live near the grove have signed a petition asking Fish and Game to reconsider cutting down the cedars. More

Fuel breaks to limit rangeland fires proposed in 3 states

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday the 5,600-square-mile Tri-State Fuel Break Project proposed to create gaps in combustible vegetation along existing roads on public lands in the three states. More

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