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EcoFarm 2015 to focus on climate change, food safety

Registration is being taken for the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, one of the West's largest gatherings for organic and environmentally concious producers. The Jan. 21-24 event in Pacific Grove, Calif., will include talks on climate change, food safety and bee health. More

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Rice ‘strawlage’ researchers, growers working out the kinks

Ranchers, rice growers and University of California Cooperative Extension researchers are still fine-tuning their methods for preparing rice straw... More


Wild duck, captive falcon infected with bird flu in Washington

Officals say avian flu has been found in Washington state. Ten British Columbia poultry farms have been infected with a highly contagious strain of... More


Mint farm’s candy gains a sweet presence in Oprah’s magazine

Farmer Mike Seely says the publicity in Oprah's magazine is great, but candy production uses only 2 percent of his mint oil harvest. More

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Conservation group to sue over water quality rule

A Bozeman-based group asserts that the EPA has failed to act on revised water quality rules submitted by the state in August. More

Cows missing from Pocatello butcher

Two cows were reported stolen, and one missing cow was found. In an earlier incident, police shot another cow after it escaped. More

It’s official: GMO labeling loses recount

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified a recount that shows Measure 92 was defeated by 837 votes. More

WSDA sleuths identify bugs for much of U.S.

The Washington Department of Agriculture entomology laboratory in Olympia is the go-to place in the Western United States for the identification of moths and butterflies. More

Montana bighorn sheep dying of pneumonia

The pneumonia outbreak was in the Upper Yellowstone sheep herd near Gardiner. More

Ex-employee of Whitgro pleads guilty, to be sentenced in January

A former Whitgro employee will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to stealing more than $300,000 from the Whitman County, Wash., grain company. More

Proposed water testing rules worry fruit growers

Tree fruit officials are concerned federal food safety rules will be a burden to orchard irrigation and one industry leader says the regs could become as onerous as the Endangered Species Act. More

Water dispute nears end between tribes, government

Five San Diego County tribes filed a lawsuit 45 years ago against two California agencies and the U.S. government for diverting most of the water from the San Luis Rey River. More

California dam being removed

The built-up sludge behind the dam is going to be left in place, planted with native trees and grasses, and surrounded with a rock berm, which should allow the reservoir to revert to nature once the dam is removed next year. More

Federal ruling a win for California’s bullet train

The ruling makes it clear that federal law has precedent over state law as it pertains to construction of the high-speed rail line. More

Apple commission mulls tough year

It's a tough year for Washington apples. The Washington Apple Commission is working to build export demand. Oversupply could end up as livestock feed. More

WSU study: Yakima Basin projects don’t pencil out

Washington State University study concludes cost of building water storage in Yakima Basin would exceed economic benefits. More

Retiring OSU researchers honored

Seven long-time Department of Crop and Soil Science personnel are honored as they retire. More

Gray fox in Southern Oregon tested positive for rabies

Health authorities urge caution when approaching animals acting strangely. More

Chobani shows off new filtration system

Chobani has installed a high-tech reverse osmosis system at its Twin Falls plant to convert acid whey into pure water and a high-nutrition feed product. More

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