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Heat, drought take toll on Western milk production

Challenged by heat and drought, milk production in the West is curbing solid production increases in other parts of the country, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Minnesota. More

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Onion field trial seeks optimal thrip-control program

An onion field trial at Oregon State University's Malheur County experiment station is trying to help growers find the optimum mix of insecticides to... More


Idaho farm personal income drops 18 percent in first quarter

Total personal income in Idaho's farming sector declined 18 percent during the first three months of 2015, an 18 percent drop compared with the final... More


Washington Farm Bureau pans Inslee’s carbon cap directive

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directs Department of Ecology to develop carbon cap, drawing rebuke from Washington Farm Bureau. More

The Latest

Wine industry gears up for launch of pending AVA

Idaho's wine industry and economic development officials are teaming up to promote the pending Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area when it is approved. More

State funding moves Connell rail project forward

$10 million in state funding will help clear up a railroad pinchpoint that affects agricultural traffic in Eastern Washington, project supporters say. More

SW Oregon wildfire spreads quickly in scorching heat

Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act so the state fire marshal can mobilize resources from around the state to protect homes. About 450 firefighters were on the scene Friday. More

Wyoming, Montana unsatisfied with federal sage grouse plan

The governors submitted comments to the agency’s state directors in separate letters, both dated July 29, outlining their positions on the draft that was released May 28. More

California’s hills blackened by wildfires

Fourteen large fires are burning, mostly in the northern half of the state. More

California judge says she’ll likely uphold farmer water cuts

At issue are thousands of notices sent this year to farmers, government agencies and corporations with water rights telling them to cease pumping because rivers and streams were too dry. More

Early harvest begins for California wine grapes

The harvest of wine grapes has begun in California's Napa Valley. Vintners expect a slightly lighter crop with good quality and flavor. More

‘Extreme drought’ hits Washington for first time in a decade

Drought worsens in Washington; nearly one-third of state in "extreme drought." More

Salmon habitat protected in E. Idaho conservation easement

The agreement between the Bonneville Power Administration and ranch owner Karl Tyler protects 10 miles of the meandering Lemhi River and half a dozen tributaries. More

Idaho woman infected with West Nile virus

Mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in nine Idaho counties. More

Former BLM worker sentenced to 1 year for fraud

Prosecutors said he continued to collect a salary and benefits after he left his position as former deputy state director of the BLM’s Eastern States Office. More

Public learns about ag research at Twilight Tour

The University of Idaho's Aberdeen Research and Extension Center hosted its annual Twilight Tour to introduce the public to the research conducted at the facility. More

Apple, pear harvests off to early, but uncertain, start

Heat, drought and not enough labor are all factors growers and packers are dealing with as Washington's apple and pear harvests get underway. More

Crews battle fast-moving fire in California’s Lake County

The fire grew more than 7 1/2 square miles overnight and was not contained at all Thursday morning. More

Northern California wildfire contained after jumping line

The flare-up Tuesday night chewed up about 400 acres before firefighters controlled it. More

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