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Brief cold snap helps navel oranges build color, flavor

The cold snap that brought freezing nighttime temperatures to much of California's Central Valley last weekend apparently wasn't cold enough to damage citrus fruit. Navel oranges are actually helped by brief periods of frigid weather early in the season. 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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Official: California water savings take a dip in October

Californians have been under an order by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce water use by 25 percent compared with the same period of 2013. More

Names released of Idaho deputies involved in fatal shooting

The FBI and Idaho State Police are still investigating the incident. More

Washington to appraise drought damage

The Washington State Department of Agriculture will assess 2015 drought losses, an unprecedented attempt to pinpoint which regions and crops are most vulnerable in water-short years. More

Yakima water reservoirs catching up

Rain and snow have replenished Yakima Basin reservoirs to where they should be for right now, but the next several months will be critical to whether irrigators have enough water in 2016. More

Turkeys come to aid of Idaho orchards

Some Idaho fruit orchards find help from turkey producers with cull disposal. More

Couple succeeds with lavender in East Idaho

A St. Anthony couple has introduced lavender production to Eastern Idaho. More

Two-day course to educate media, food industry leaders about pulses

A $140,000 specialty crop grant will enable the Pacific Northwest pulse industry to educate food industry leaders about the benefits of dry peas, lentils and chickpeas. More

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

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

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

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