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Idaho growers scale back zebra chip programs

Some Idaho potato growers say they're relaxing their chemical programs to protect crops from zebra chip disease. More

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Grant will fund onion promotion in Mexico, Latin America

A $40,000 grant obtained by the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee will be used to market and promote the big bulb onions grown in this area in... More


California growers converting rice straw to cattle feed

Growers and University of California researchers have been working at converting rice straw left over from harvest into feed for livestock, which... More


Steam Up commemorates early equipment

The Great Oregon Steam-up returns to its Brooks, Ore., home base for another run. More

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DOL’s ‘hot goods’ tactics leave reps cold

Congressmen recently blasted the U.S. Department of Labor for coercing farmers with its "hot goods" authority. More

Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

Both fires grew rapidly over the weekend before being brought under control. Their spread underscored the tinder-dry conditions resulting from California’s third year of drought. More

New California fines for wasting water take effect

The stronger enforcement was triggered in part by a state report that found water consumption has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades. More

Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter

Wildlife advocacy groups sued state and federal officials earlier this year, asking a judge to stop a state-hired hunter from using the U.S. Forest Service’s backcountry airstrips to reach and kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness. A federal judge rejected their... More

Wyden weighs ideas to reduce wildfire costs

Wyden is promoting a bill that would dedicate natural disaster funds to pay for the most expensive fires. He said he will also push for Senate passage of President Obama’s request for $615 million in additional wildfire suppression funding this year. More

Family carves out niche for squash seed

A Willamette Valley, Ore., company has built an innovative business in harvesting and processing squash seed. More

Sheriff won’t provide escorts in labor dispute

The state agriculture department stopped grain inspections on July 7 because of security concerns, and United Grain’s operations were halted. More

Fourth cherry chopper crash in four years

Fatal helicopter crash is fourth in four years drying cherries in Central Washington orchards. More

Firefighters make progress against wildfires

Firefighters make progress is wrestling wildfires under control. More

Lawmakers urge FEMA to ease ag building rules

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and two California congressmen are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program to ease its requirements for building agricultural structures in deep floodplains. More

Fire claims hundreds of homes, cattle

The largest wildfire in Washington history is mostly contained but losses are still being tallied and the number of dead cattle alone is estimated at 700 to 1,000. More

Camelina shows promise in Eastern Oregon

While Eastern Oregon farmers are facing one of the tightest ever water years in their area this season, field trials at Oregon State University's Malheur County experiment station are showing that camelina could be a source of income for growers when water is scarce. More

East Idaho dryland wheat yields down

Eastern Idaho's dryland wheat farmers say their yields are below normal, but their quality is outstanding. More

Nominations open for Ag Hall of Fame

The Greater Stockton, Calif., Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations through Aug. 15 for its San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame, which is now in its 30th year. More

Agri Beef sues partners in biodiesel venture

An Idaho beef company is suing its partners in a biofuel joint venture. More

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