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Mexico may revisit apple tariffs

YAKIMA, Wash. — Mexico may decide the future of its temporary tariffs on Washington apples in early June.

The nation could end the tariffs or extend them for five years, said Fred Scarlett, manager of Northwest Fruit Exporters, a nonprofit corporation in Yakima that manages export... More

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Despite drought, California almond acreage rose 6 percent in 2015

SACRAMENTO — The drought has done little to slow the growth of almond acreage in California, as the more than 1.1 million overall acres... More

 

Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy

Washington wildlife managers Wednesday suggested ways to motivate ranchers to use state-approved tactics to prevent wolf... More

 

Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention

ROSALIA, Wash. — Rosalia High School sophomore Collin Pittmann’s hard work all comes down to this.

Pittmann will compete... More

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Spud growers join Boise schools’ Potato Celebration Week

BOISE — The Boise School District’s new Potato Celebration Week enabled Rod Lake of Heyburn-based Southwind Farms to get his company’s fingerling potatoes into a public schools market he’s been trying to reach for most of a year.For the farmers and staff of... More

Fire destroys old Idaho sugar factory

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An old sugar factory here was destroyed by a fire reported at 7:45 p.m. April 27, according to the Idaho Falls Fire Department. When firefighters arrived at the shuttered facility, at 3075 E. Lincoln Road, flames engulfed the factory’s cooling... More

Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve

ONTARIO, Ore. — Farmers who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir will receive more irrigation water in 2016 than they have the past two years combined.As a result, they are planting more high-water — and more lucrative — crops such as corn, sugar beets and onions, which... More

Mendocino County suspends predator trapping program

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County has suspended its longstanding program that traps and kills wild animals and dogs that kill livestock to settle a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups.The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the decision to suspend the program was made last. More

High-speed rail board to weigh in on revised California plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California. The board. More

Bundy attorney: Feds turned down proposed plea deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for Ammon Bundy say the leader of the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation offered after his arrest to plead guilty if charges against other defendants were dismissed, but the deal was rejected.The assertion is made in a pre-trial motion filed in federal.. More

Harry’s Fresh Foods to upgrade Nashville facility, hire 300

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Harry’s Fresh Foods is adding a production facility in Nashville that the company says will lead to the creation of 302 new jobs.The Portland, Oregon-based maker of refrigerated and frozen foods said it is investing more than $34 million in the... More

Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat

Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat that the threatened species doesn’t actually occupy.Despite the fish’s absence, environmentalists have asked a federal judge to.. More

Oregon Wheat Commission considers budget, research funding

Decreasing wheat acreage over the past couple years poses some complications for the Oregon Wheat Commission as it puts together its 2016-17 budget.Meeting at Oregon State University’s Hyslop Farm on April 25, commission members approved a proposed budget that attempts to balance... More

Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules

ONTARIO, Ore. — Idaho and Oregon farmers were given an overview of FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act rules April 26 during a meeting hosted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.FDA’s produce safety rule will require farmers who grow fruits and vegetables. More

Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands delivered four wildland firefighting engines and five “slip-in” units to five of the state’s six Rangeland Fire Protection Associations April 25.The type 6 engines are light, mobile four-wheel drive vehicles that can hold... More

Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s spring offensive against gypsy moths passed the halfway point Tuesday, with a second pesticide application over a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Agriculture made the second of three passes.. More

Nevada governor may sue if BLM won’t pony up for mustang roundups

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is considering legal action to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to pony up some money to pay for roundups of wild horses in the state that have been put on hold because of federal budgetary constraints.BLM State Director John... More

New state officers bring humor, passion to California FFA

FRESNO, Calif. — California FFA’s newly elected state officer team promised the more than 5,000 students attending the organization’s state convention that they’ll put plenty of passion and energy into the coming year.The slate of new officers announced April... More

Idaho Power offers safety warning after ag accident

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — Officials with Idaho Power are reminding farm workers to use caution while working around overhead power lines in the wake of an April 18 accident that seriously injured a 31-year-old woman.The female farm worker remains in critical condition after being... More

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