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Idaho vineyards producing large fruit loads

With Idaho's wine grape harvest winding down, vintners say total production this year will be well above normal. Growers in both North and South Idaho are reporting huge crop loads. More

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USDA officials tour Portland juniper wood business

An improved logging and milling infrastructure for western juniper may have surprising spinoff results. More


Study shows potential for manure for beets, spuds

Data shows mixed results for manure applications before potatoes and sugar beets in the second year of a long-term rotational study involving manure. More


Tilth Producers of Washington marks 40th anniversary

Tilth Producers of Washington was founded 40 years ago to promote small-scale organic farming. More

The Latest

Court expands Rangen call to whole aquifer

A district judge's recent ruling on an appeal in the Rangen water call case has broadened the call to include an additional 322,000 groundwater-irrigated acres junior to 1962 and could have major ramifications for future water cases. More

Family farm operations win OSU awards

Family farm operations are among the 2014 award winners announced by Oregon State University's College of Business. More

Ballot measure campaigns rack up donations

Contributions and spending on Oregon's ballot measures continue to increase in the final week of the election campaign. More

Farmer seeks to add value to his poultry

With a $200,000 USDA grant in hand and "five years of ideas" in his head, an Oregon turkey and chicken egg producer intends to jump the urban-rural divide. More

NW Red, Golden Delicious apples allowed back into China

China has reopened its doors to Pacific Northwest Red and Golden Delicious apples just in time to help Washington sell its huge apple crop. Industry leaders hope to sell 500,000 to 1 million boxes of apple there over the next few months. More

Amy’s Kitchen factory bodes well for Idaho organic ag

The arrival of a large manufacturer of organic convenience food in Pocatello, Idaho, could lead to considerable growth in the state's organic agriculture industry. More

Removal of weed from Columbia requires review

The federal government must review the removal of flowering rush, an invasive weed, under environmental laws before the plants can be yanked from new sites along the Columbia River in Oregon. More

Forklift certification, CORE credits offered at 2014 Ag Expo

The Willamette Valley Ag Expo will offer a variety of classes again theis year, include a session on forklift safety and CORE pesticide classes. More

Odessa irrigation update to be featured at CBDL meeting

The Columbia Basin Development League holds its annual meeting in Moses Lake, Wash. Nov. 6. More

Major food processor coming to Pocatello

Amy's Kitchen, a major supplier of organic convenience food products, will open a 500,000-square-foot food-processing faciity in Pocatello in December. More

Pacific Northwest pear crop estimate grows

The Pacific Northwest pear crop is larger than expected and off to a good start in sales and prices. Some growers likely will make more money on pears than apples this year. More

Vets operate on spotted owl with broken wing

If the wing heals well, the bird may be released back into the wild population, which is listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. More

Northern Idaho corn-maze attraction closes early

Witnesses say the teenager was dressed as a zombie when he emerged from his hiding place and ran toward a modified school bus carrying paintball players. Witnesses say he tripped and fell in front of the rear tires. More

California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

This year rice farmers only planted 420,000 acres — 25 percent less than last year — because of water restrictions, according to the California Rice Commission. More

Pulse crop production down as prices rise

Yields for lentils, chickpeas and green peas in Washington and Idaho were down signifciantly this year but because of production challenges in other areas as well, prices are on the rise. More

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