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New farm bill program benefiting Idaho farms and ranches

Idaho has received USDA grants to help Blackfoot River ranchers improve diversions and to implement programs to stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. More

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Potato leaders address port slowdown impacts

National and state potato industry representatives addressed impacts of the West Coast port slowdown and other issues during the Washington-Oregon... More


Forester teaches tree owners management

University of Idaho Extension forester Chris Schnepf, based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, makes sure family forest owners get the knowledge they need to... More


IDFA: Regulations hinder innovation, opportunity

International Dairy Foods Association, representing processors, is calling for changes in milk pricing and product standards to allow for innovation... More

The Latest

Biologists: Raising California dam would harm salmon

Shasta Lake is the state’s largest reservoir and provides irrigation water for farmers and drinking water to Californians, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. More

Bird flu quarantine lifted in Douglas County, Ore.

Oregon Department of Agriculture lifts quarantine imposed around where bird flu infected a non-commercial flock in Douglas County. More

Potential E. coli contamination promptsWashington Beef recall

Washington Beef LLC has recalled 1,620 pounds of boneless beef product due to potential E. coli contamination. More

Hilmar Jerseys wins dairy innovation award

A California dairy focused on animal wellfare was awarded 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum this week in Boca Raton, Fla. More

Hundreds of Idaho FFA members meet with lawmakers, ag leaders

Five Idaho legislators were singled out for their support of agriculture Jan. 26 during the Idaho FFA's annual "Day on the Hill" event. More

Idaho grower touts benefits of companion crops

Eastern Idaho growers on a cover crop panel during the 47th Annual University of Idaho Potato Conference say the farming approach has helped them improve soil quality, and even control some pests. More

50th Colusa Farm Show kicks off event-filled week

The 50th annual Colusa Farm Show will be held next week, kicking off a busy week that also includes the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference and the Klamath Bull and Horse Sale. More

Washington cattlemen pan statewide water fee

The Senate Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on a bill to assess parcels a fee to fund water projects. More

Documentary chronicles evolution of high lift pumping on Snake River

A new documentary, 10 years in the making, chronicles the evolution of high-lift pumping to irrigate Snake River plateaus in Idaho. The film was written and produced by Idaho videographer Randy Quigley. More

House panel hears from ag reps on carbon tax

House Evironment Commitee holds hearing on bill to cap and tax carbon emissions. More

Washington lawmakers: Don’t let farmland become wetlands

Senate and House committees held hearings on bills to bar farmland from being turned into wetlands. More

Teams show off potato peeling skills

The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference kicked off its Jan. 27-29 run in Kennewick, Wash., with the first annual potato peel-off. More

Medford Darigold plant to close at end of February

Darigold operates other manufacturing and processing plants in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. More

Inslee’s cap-and-trade plan makes polluters pay

A question-and-answer feature on Washington state's climate change legislation. More

‘Dryland’ makes waves across region

The agriculture-themed documentary, "Dryland," about two Lind, Wash., farmers coming of age, screens Feb. 6 at the Spokane International Film Festival. That's one of the latest stops for the film around the Pacific Northwest. More

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