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Forecast: Idaho wheat production slightly lower

Idaho wheat production may be down slightly this year but industry members say growing conditions have been excellent and they expect a quality crop in 2014. More

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Agencies offer landowners bark beetle assistance

A bark beetle first discovered in Washington State, the California fivespined ips, is impacting mature trees in the Columbia River Gorge area. More


Iconic breeder writes the book on club wheat

Retired USDA Agricultural Research Service wheat breeder Bob Allan recently self-published a book devoted to club wheat, a key sub-class of soft... More


Davis: Sale positions Davisco Foods for growth

Davisco's CEO saysthe sale of the dairy processors' assets to Canadian Agropur was a business move to continue to grow operations and offer more... More

The Latest

Activists stage protest against foie gras in Reno

Protesters passed out pamphlets to attendees on Saturday night and waved placards reading, “Tortured Ducks and Geese” and “There’s Nothing Tasty about Animal Cruelty.” More

Oregon fires burning, but nearing containment

The 618-square-mile Buzzard Complex fire in Eastern Oregon, the nation’s largest wildfire, remained at 95 percent containment on Sunday. More

Oregon nursery offers yoga classes for farmworkers

Nine employees showed up for the yoga class on a recent Wednesday, both men and women. More

California governor to meet with Mexican president

The trip, organized by the California Chamber of Commerce, includes a delegation of more than 100 state government, business, economic development, investment and policy leaders. More

USDA approves emergency grazing in Eastern Idaho

The emergency haying is allowed through the end of August, and participants must leave at least half of each field unhayed for wildlife. The hay can’t be sold. More

‘Urban Grange’ project breaks ground in Portland

Zenger Farm of Portland begins construction of Urban Grange. More

Fresno Food Expo draws record number of vendors, buyers

Moved from March to July this year, the 2014 Fresno Food Expo drew a record number of participants, organizers said. More

Photos show Southern Oregon’s fledgling wolf pack

OR-7's pups are out and about, and appear healthy. More

Appeals court upholds proposed bullet train route

The court upheld the environmental review but also said the project must still abide by state environmental rules. More

Lightning strike kills four cows, calf in N. Idaho

The lightning strike on Wednesday killed the livestock owned by Hayden-area rancher John Symons. More

Power to be restored to much of Methow Valley

Thousands of people in the scenic valley about 180 miles northeast of Seattle have been without power since the Carlton Complex of fires burned utility lines a little more than a week ago. The complex is the largest fire recorded in state history, and has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central.. More

Drought starting to kill salmon in Klamath Basin

The Salmon is a tributary of the Klamath River, and home to one of the last remnants of spring chinook salmon in the Klamath Basin, which return from the ocean in spring and stay in the river until October, when they spawn and die. A tributary of the Klamath River, it has no storage dams. More

Summer camp teaches city kids about farming

An agriculture-themed summer camp in Redding, Calif., gave urban youngsters a chance to do actual farm activities such as discing a field and using horses to move cattle into a pen. The camp was put on by the city recreation department and the Shasta County Farm Bureau. More

Lake Lowell water rapidly declining

Farmers in southwestern Idaho have been asked to voluntarily conserve water in an effort to avoid a possible shortage at Lake Lowell near Nampa. More

Aphids on rise in Eastern Washington

Aphid populations are increasing this year on small grain fields, Washington State University researchers say. Because the insect pests are sporadic, it's hard for researchers and farmers to determine the level of infestation at which a grower should consider the cost of applying insecticides. More

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