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Third-party damage exempted from growers’ production history

Damages caused by a third party to an insured farmer’s field will no longer be counted in the grower’s production history under a change made by the USDA Risk Management Agency. More

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McMinnville creamery set to reopen as organic facility

The Oregon creamery was sold to Organic Valley last fall, and underwent renovation. More


Sherman, Smackout wolfpacks attack two calves

Two injured calves have been attributed to wolves in the Sherman and Smackout wolfpacks, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. More


Good cherry season for consumers, not so much for growers

The Northwest cherry industry has set a new record of 536,000 boxes per day of cherries shipped in the first 20 days of July and may pass 25 million... More

This Week's Top Headlines

U.S. cattle inventory hits nine-year high

While the beef cow herd shows the industry is continuing herd expansion, replacement heifer numbers suggest that heifer retention is slowing and expansion is winding down. More

Trial studies application of herbicide through drip systems in onions

A field trial conducted by Oregon State University researchers could lead to a special need label for an herbicide that has proven effective in controlling the weed yellow nutsedge in bulb onions. More

ODFW confirms wolf attack on calf in Wallowa County

One of the calf’s bite wounds was 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. More

Committee updates wine research priorities

Research shows no difference in wine grape quality in vineyards pruned and thinned mechanically versus those partially pruned by hand. Still under study is any difference in wine. More

Delta tunnels project reaches key milestone as opponents may sue

California’s Department of Water Resources has certified that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels project meets state environmental requirements. Restore the Delta, a staunch opponent of the project, is preparing litigation to stop it. More

Sugar beet growers battle glyphosate-resistant kochia

The number of glyphosate-resistant kochia weeds in sugar beet fields is growing in Eastern Oregon and weed scientists believe it’s a matter of time before they appear in larger numbers in Idaho as well. More

Canadian Agriculture Minister urges caution in NAFTA talks

Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, said negotatiors should “be careful” in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. More

California quota proposal nears finish line

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 a state marketing order. More

Group forms to defend Yakima dairies

Save Family Farming starts Yakima affiliate to defend dairies More

Atypical BSE case won’t change U.S. risk status, USDA says

The atypical form of BSE detected in an Alabama cow occurs spontaneously and rarely in older cattle and is not contagious, experts say. More

Farmers extend helping hand for harvest

Morrow County, Ore., wheat farmers pulled together to help out with harvest for Virgil and Debbie Morgan. More

WDFW to shoot wolves in Smackout pack

WDFW to shoot wolves in Stevens County More

Global oversupply pushes down nitrogen prices

Urea and other forms of nitrogen fertilizer are hitting the lowest price levels seen in more than a decade. More

Willamette Valley vineyards fund health care van for workers

As the nation continues to wrestle with critical healthcare decisions, Oregon’s wine industry has quietly stepped up to help its workers. More

Port’s expansion proposal would plant industry on ag land

An Oregon county takes on a familiar issue — conversion of farmland to other uses. More

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