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Oregon’s IR-4 Project leader ready to retire

To calculate the value of DeFrancesco’s work, one has to understand that the majority of the Oregon's agriculture involves specialty crop production. More

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EU mulls change of tack on U.S. trade treaty

Big differences remain over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, with work needed in all of the 30 chapters the pact will entail. More


Supplier: No listeria in product before going to Blue Bell plant

Aspen Hills said its cookie dough product tested negative for listeria before it was shipped to Blue Bell and that the “positive listeria... More


Conservation groups sue over Oregon’s wolf delisting

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission removed the wolf from the endangered species list last year, saying the species had rebounded within... More

This Week's Top Headlines

Portland container shipping faces broad challenges

Container shipping from the Port of Portland faces broader challenges than the labor dispute that discontinued service last year. More

Clinton supports WOTUS; Trump does not

Clinton says she support the waters of the U.S. rule while Trump says he'll eliminate the rule. More

Interior secretary touts efforts to protect sage grouse

Steps include restoring and protecting sagebrush ecosystems, protecting sage grouse habitat from wildfires and allowing habitat exchanges that let energy companies and others offset damage to sage grouse habitat by financing improvements elsewhere. More

Researchers travel world to breed a better honeybee

Washington State University is importing bee semen from outside the United States in order to diversify the gene pool. More

Wildfire rehab in Idaho, Oregon includes fall herbicide

About 100 square miles of aerial spraying is taking place in Idaho and Oregon. More

IPC adds international bloggers to industry tour

The Idaho Potato Commission hosted a tour of the state's potato industry for both domestic and international food bloggers. More

States will receive millions to help implement produce safety rule

State departments of agriculture will receive grants from the FDA to help implement the agency's new produce safety rule. Most states will receive several million dollars over five years. More

21 states sue to block overtime pay expansion

Overtime protections would apply to workers who make up to $913 a week, or $47,476 a year, and the threshold would readjust every three years to reflect changes in average wages. More

Wyoming heads to court seeking to regain control of wolves

For two years before the judge’s ruling, Wyoming had managed its own wolf population, declaring them unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state and classifying them as trophy game animals subject to regulated hunting around the borders of Yellowstone National Park. More

Group says it has sued Dow over pesticide used in California

Telone is the third most commonly used pesticide in California. More

Feds urge against Supreme Court review of Hage dispute

Federal agencies don't want the U.S. Supreme Court to review a legal dispute with Wayne Hage, an iconic Nevada rancher. More

Expert: Trade needs to be priority for new administration

Trade is one of the top priorities for U.S. agriculture when a new president and Congress come to Capitol Hill in January. More

Washington dairies slow to adopt online reporting system

A new way for Washington dairies to report cow sales has been slow to catch on, disappointing the state Department of Agriculture. More

UC endowed chair to boost rice research

The University of California and the California Rice Research Board are teaming to create a $1 million endowed chair for rice research, which will provide ongoing funding for projects to improve rice quality and boost grower efficiency. More

Some farm groups endorse Hanson for ODA chief

Several farm group's want Lisa Hanson, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's deputy director, to be appointed the permanent chief of the agency. More

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