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Stemilt picks a new apple

One of the nation's largest tree fruit companies, Stemilt Growers Inc., has hooked up with the University of Minnesota for rights to grow and manage a new apple variety it's sure will be a winner. More

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Hunt underway for source of Washington gypsy moths

The Washington Department of Agriculture is searching for gypsy moth eggs in a crowded Seattle neighborhood and in woods in Clark County. More


Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production

California olive oil producers are hoping to match last year's mark of 3.5 million gallons after adverse weather affected crop development. More


Rain damage hits Idaho Barley Commission budget

The Idaho Barley Commission will cut deep into reserves this season due to widespread quality problems with the malt crop. More

The Latest

Oregon GMO task force drafts report

Oregon GMO task force agrees on need for regulatory clarity, disagree on exact scheme. More

Sweetener users study: Mexico trade case costly

A white paper analyzing the economic impacts of imposing duties on Mexican sugar in response to a trade case filed by American sugar producers finds U.S. consumers and sweetened product manufacturers could pay $2.4 billion more for sugar in the coming marketing year. More

Princess in cockfighting case gets probation

The Walkers were arrested in 2013 after authorities said they staged at least 10 cockfighting derbies in a barn at their ranch in Irrigon, Ore., 175 miles east of Portland. More

Record rain in Portland triggers sewer overflow

Wednesday’s sewage overflow is the third such event in 2014. More

Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices

Washington and Oregon cranberry growers enjoy a good harvest, but Wisconsin farmers will dictate market conditions. More

Oregon food politics take the stage at Measure 92 forum

Supporters and opponents of GMO labeling measure spar at OMSI event. More

DOL seeks additional charges against growers

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to expand litigation against Oregon blueberry farmers accused of "hot goods" labor law violations. More

Economist doubts population projections

Projections of massive global population growth may be inflated, which casts doubt on the notion of long term upward pressure on commodity crop prices, an economist says. More

Groups seek foreign buyers for ethanol cereal byproduct

The U.S. Grains Council and Renewable Fuels Association hosted reprensentatives from 32 countries at an export conference Oct. 21-22 in Seattle. More

Idaho apple growers report bumper crop

With Idaho's apple harvest winding down, orchardists are reporting a bumper crop this year. More

Washington apple harvest starts final leg

Washington apple harvest enters the home stretch with more selective picking than normal because of a huge crop. Harvest started Aug. 1 and will finish about Nov. 15. More

Rustlers grab 3 calves from Culver ranches

As many as 200 head of cattle are stolen each year in Oregon but many losses aren’t reported to law enforcement. More

Woman killed in tractor accident

Sheriff Bruce Riley says the woman was working Tuesday afternoon with a 49-year-old man in an effort to remove an oak tree on private property. More

Fire burns pallets, hay in Gilroy

Fire crews from San Jose, Gilroy and Morgan Hill as well as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were fighting the flames. More

Americold opens third Idaho cold-storage facility

Americold opens a refrigerated warehouse in Heyburn, Idaho, anticipating exponential growth in the area's agriculture and dairy industries. More

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