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Growers tweak approach to raising Umatilla Russets

Though many growers in Idaho gave up on raising Umatilla Russets based on several challenges, some are starting to have better success with it, after implementing Washington State University management guidelines. More

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Amazon-Whole Foods combination may lead to organic price war, economist says

A retired Washington State University agricultural economist and apple expert says a food price war could be coming with Amazon buying Whole Foods... More


Women in Ag Conference returns

“We Can Do It” is this year’s theme, and organizers promise an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and... More


Foreign guestworkers help ag face a growing shortage

The number of foreign guestworkers used to harvest Washington state crops jumped 37 percent this year from last. It’s indicative, sources say,... More

This Week's Top Headlines

U.S. organic sales jump 23 percent in 2016

California continues to lead the way in organic sales and number of organic farms and acreage nationwide. Milk topped the list of organic product sales in 2016, followed by eggs and broiler chickens. More

Hop stocks continue to outrun demand

The pre-harvest inventory of U.S. hops is significantly greater than a year ago, indicative of over supply and pressure on the supply chain. More

Taiwanese wheat purchases keep 200 Idaho and 800 PNW farms in business

Taiwan’s annual purchases of U.S. wheat support about 200 farms in Idaho and 800 farms in the Pacific Northwest, according to Idaho Wheat Commission estimates. The IWC also estimates that 5 percent, or 5 million bushels, of Idaho’s annual wheat crop is exported to Taiwan. More

UI plans ag technology ‘boot camp’ in Pocatello

Based on the popularity of an agricultural technology session last winter during its annual agricultural outlook seminar, University of Idaho Extension is planning an event focused on agricultural technology in Pocatello. More

Idaho bean, seed groups to seek legislation to protect crops from soybean diseases

Groups representing Idaho’s dry bean and seed industries will ask legislators in 2018 to approve two pieces of legislation they believe could help prevent soybean seed from bringing in diseases that could harm the state’s dry bean crop. More

Students test unique ways to grow food without soil

Speakers and “clean tech” competition entries at the Oregon Best Fest event in Portland highlighted connections to agriculture. More

Cranberry harvest begins with volume controls on table

Cranberry harvest starts with growers unsure of how many of their berries will enter the marketplace More

NW wheat exports rebound from last year

USDA anticipates global wheat production to be lower in 2017-2018, but global wheat consumption will remain at last year’s record high level. More

Review board signs off on quota proposal

California’s quota system came about in the late 1960s as a means to compensate milk producers selling into the higher Class I market and gain their support for establishing the state marketing order. More

Oregon’s organic industry honors its own at awards luncheon

A keynote speaker urges organic producers to step up and get more involved in research and legislation. More

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s future remains cloudy

A leaked Trump administration report doesn’t contain many specifics regarding changes to Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. More

More water bonds may be put before California voters in 2018

Initiatives slated for the June and November 2018 ballots would propose a combined $12.4 billion in water and parks bonds, including a former Natural Resources Agency official’s $8.9 billion proposal for such projects as repairs to the Friant-Kern Canal. More

Decision expected soon on proposed Galloway dam project

The Idaho Water Resource Board expects to make a decision in the next several months on whether to proceed with a proposed new dam and reservoir that would add 700,000 acre-feet of storage capacity on the Weiser River system. More

Researchers take aim at soil-borne diseases in bulb onions

A research project supported by a $109,000 specialty crop grant seeks to help onion growers in southwestern Idaho and East Oregon develop best management practices for controlling soil-borne diseases in bulb onions. These diseases currently can reduce yields by up to 40 percent. More

Researchers encouraged by spore sampling results

University of Idaho researchers were able to detect some key crop diseases in their initial season of testing spore sampling machines. More

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