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Cuba is potential market for PNW fruit

Cuba's economy and middle class need to grow for it to buy Pacific Northest tree fruit, industry leaders say. More

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Inslee puts tax breaks for food processors in budget

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gives food processors a lift by including tax exemptions in his 2015-17 budget proposal. More


Northwest food processors plan 101st conference

The Portland event includes a trade show, of course, but also discussions of climate change, water, labor and food safety. More


Second wolf attack reported in Whitman County

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports a second wolf attack on livestock in Whitman County, at the same operation where a ewe was... More

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Lentil industry honors longtime processor

Longtime pulse processor Gary Heaton and his wife, Salli, of Tekoa, Wash., have been named 2015's Lentil Family of the Year. More

Avian flu found in Southern Oregon

Bird flu has been detected in Winston, Ore., in Southern Oregon. More

WSDA manure bill spreads discontent

The Washington Department of Agriculture proposes to test manure application rule in three counties. More

Animal rights activists take California rodeo to court

California Rodeo organizers denied the claims and said they have given the Monterey County SPCA full access to the rodeo grounds. More

Group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label

The group's claims cover Plum Creek logging in Oregon’s Coast Range. More

United Dairymen of Idaho hires new business development director

Idaho dairy groups have hired a director for business deveolpment and processor relations. More

Hermiston farm worker testifies at Senate hearing

Raul Esparza de la Paz, who has been in the country since 1998, urged the congressional committee to keep President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration intact while working on comprehensive immigration reform. More

PNW hop production pegged at 71 million pounds

Hop production for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2014 totaled 71.0 million pounds, up 3 percent from the 2013 crop of 69.2 million pounds, according to the USDA. More

California gets more rain, big mudslide

Eight to 10 inches of snow accumulated in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, and 5 to 7 inches fell farther east in the San Bernardino Mountains. More

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

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

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 for use as an affordable cattle feed. The use of "rice strawlage" has been popular this fall as the cost of other feed has remained high. 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 avian influenza. 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

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

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