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Farmers, ODA clear the air for eclipse viewers

Farmers have agreed not to burn their fields either the weekend before the eclipse or on Monday, Aug. 21. More

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UI reports light potato psyllid pressure

Some Idaho farmers are saving a bit of money on insecticidal sprays due to light potato psyllid pressure. More


U.S. apple crop forecast up slightly

The U.S. apple crop in 2017 will be up 2 percent from 2016, according to the first industry estimate that occurred June 27 in New York. More


U.S. Wheat seminar builds relationships with Asian buyers

Washington Grain Commission board member Dana Herron recently spoke to overseas buyers during a U.S. Wheat Associates procurement seminar. More... More

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3 fires in Wenatchee area burning 36.7 square miles

Three wildfires burning in grasslands south of Wenatchee, Washington, had grown to approximately 36.7 square miles (95 square kilometers), but had not destroyed any structures More

Montana’s Breaks monument ‘likely’ will not be changed

Interior Secretary Zinke has been acting out President Donald Trump’s directive to review all monuments larger than 156 square miles that were created since 1996. More

Crews fight lightning-caused wildfires across southern Idaho

Fire officials in southern Idaho say quick responses to more than 20 wildfires sparked by thunderstorms in recent days have helped prevent small fires from turning into the type of giant fires that have scorched the region in recent decades More

Harsh 2017 winter will result in reduced Idaho wine grape crop

Idaho’s total wine grape harvest is expected to be down significantly this year as a result of bitter cold January temperatures that damaged vines in the heart of Idaho wine country. More

Small farmers may lose Oregon tax break

Opponents of the bill that would disqualify many Oregon small farms from tax breaks hope to defeat it in the Senate after it recently passed the House. More

Oregon landowners accuse marijuana-growing neighbors of racketeering

A couple of Oregon landowners have accused marijuana operations on two neighboring properties of violation the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. More

California pear crop forecast up 27 percent

Better winter chill contributed to better fruit set and the largest pear crop forecast in California in several years. Harvest starts the first week of July and ends in mid-September. More

University of Idaho fruit researchers bullish on Thomcord table grapes

University of Idaho fruit researchers are bullish on Thomcord grapes, a cross between the Thompson seedless and Concord varieties. More

Canning peach growers could benefit from later varieties, study finds

A pair of University of California cost studies suggest that although canners pay more for early-harvested peaches, later varieties yield more fruit and cost less to thin. More

SIPCO hires new executive director

A retired raw product procurement director from J.R. Simplot Co. is now working as executive director with Southern Idaho Potato Cooperative. More

Dairy owner fined for manure discharge

A Sunnyside dairy owner says he will ask the state Department of Agriculture to reduce a penalty it has levied against him for violating water pollution laws. More

Feds to pay local governments $465 million for 2017 land use

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the sum in Nevada on Monday. More

Heat damage could further diminish processing tomato crop

Damage from the recent heat wave could cause some flowers to fall off younger plants or sunburn or stunt the growth of more mature fruit. More

Grizzlies euthanized after livestock attack

Fish, Wildlife and Parks say the bears were the farthest east of the Rocky Mountain Front than any grizzly bear has been seen in more than a century. More

New pot rules protect kids; legal battle won’t stop sales

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A lengthy legal battle over the alcohol industry’s exclusive rights to distribute marijuana in Nevada won’t affect the state’s plans to begin recreational pot sales at medical dispensaries on Saturday, state officials said.The Nevada Tax... More

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