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Wheat, other commodities see promise in Cuban trade

Restoring trade with Cuba could give a boost to Pacific Northwest Agriculture. More

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Inslee puts tax breaks for food processors in budget

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gives food processors a lift by including tax exemptions in his 2015-17 budget proposal. More

 

Cuba is potential market for PNW fruit

Cuba's economy and middle class need to grow for it to buy Pacific Northest tree fruit, industry leaders say. More

 

Critics say USDA too close to food industry it regulates

Critics say the USDA is too beholden to processors as the agency's inspectors monitor how food is handled. More

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Second wolf attack reported in Whitman County

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports a second wolf attack on livestock in Whitman County, at the same operation where a ewe was killed earlier in the month. More

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

Even if congressional opponents of normalizing relations with Cuba were to pass sweeping legislation to stop what President Obama wants to do, he could veto it and they are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority to override a veto. More

Economist predicts stable input costs

University of Idaho Extension economist Paul Patterson predicts farm input costs will rise only slightly in 2015. More

Producers welcome restoration of equipment tax deductions, fuel incentives

Although it gives producers a tax break this year, the legislation expires at the end of the year. More

Ranchers mostly pleased with omnibus bill

Public lands ranchers have a lot to be happy about in the government funding bill passed by both the House and Senate, from a pullback of EPA regulation to grazing and rangeland support. Trade and marketing provisions, however, are not pleasing everyone in the livestock industry. More

Federal spending bill pays dividends to ag

The recently approved $1.1 trillion federal spending bill contains a lot to please agriculture. More

WSU study: Yakima Basin projects don’t pencil out

Washington State University study concludes cost of building water storage in Yakima Basin would exceed economic benefits. More

Apple industry interested in changing labor law

Absorbing tens of millions of dollars in losses weekly from a West Coast longshoremen's work slow down, the Washington apple industry is interested in curbing union power. More

Rain above average, but snow lagging in Washington, Oregon

Snowpacks are inadequate in Oregon and Washington but Idaho has fared better so far. More

Voluntary sage-grouse initiatives in Oregon appear protected from congressional spending block

Private landowners and soil and water conservation districts in eight Oregon counties are engaged in voluntary sage grouse habitat measures. More

Farms weather historic storm’s high winds, big rains

Farms in California's Central Valley have appeared to make it through one of the most severe storms in years without sustaining damage. No significant toppling of trees were reported despite the high winds, although one farm advisor was concerned about almond trees that still have their leaves. More

Action needed soon on immigration, McMorris Rodgers says

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., says immigration solutions must come early next year, More

Ranchers’ costly legal battle impacts North Idaho Adjudication

The costly legal battle of two Southern Idaho ranchers who fought the federal government over stock watering rights on public lands is benefitting ranchers in North Idaho. More

Labeling supporters concede recount loss

The fight over GMO labeling in Oregon is over for now as Measure 92 supporters say they've lost their recount. More

Congress delays sage grouse protections in spending bill

The sage grouse rider was tucked deep within the 1,603-page spending package at the behest of Western lawmakers. More

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