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Think tank links H-2A with human trafficking

A new report from a policy think tank links the H-2A agricultural guest worker program with human trafficking. More

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Pacific Northwest pear crop estimate grows

The Pacific Northwest pear crop is larger than expected and off to a good start in sales and prices. Some growers likely will make more money on... More


Removal of weed from Columbia requires review

The federal government must review the removal of flowering rush, an invasive weed, under environmental laws before the plants can be yanked from new... More


Major food processor coming to Pocatello

Amy's Kitchen, a major supplier of organic convenience food products, will open a 500,000-square-foot food-processing faciity in Pocatello in... More

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U.S.-EU trade agreement could benefit agriculture

A trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and European Union could benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers in a major way, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office. U.S. farm groups have varying takes on the agreement, which is targeted for completion next year. More

Tilth Producers of Washington marks 40th anniversary

Tilth Producers of Washington was founded 40 years ago to promote small-scale organic farming. More

Pulse crop production down as prices rise

Yields for lentils, chickpeas and green peas in Washington and Idaho were down signifciantly this year but because of production challenges in other areas as well, prices are on the rise. More

Judge orders Sakuma to let guests visit workers

A Skagit County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that Sakuma Bros. Farms violated labor and tenant laws by restricting visitor access to worker housing. More

Judge believes DOL should return ‘hot goods’ money

A federal judge recently heard oral arguments in the U.S. Labor Department's "hot goods" case against farmers. More

Pollinator task force backs pesticide reporting system

An Oregon pollinator task force has completed a report to the state legislature with proposals to improve bee health. More

House Dems again seek vote on wildfire bill

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., has been joined by House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in calling for Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote on a bill that would protect forest management in the federal wildfire disaster budget. More

Tomato growers peg crop at record 14 million tons

California processing tomato growers expect to meet contracts for a record 14-million-ton crop. Good weather during crop development and having more acres planted than originally expected enabled growers to meet the goal. More

Huge apple crop pushes bin production

With a huge Washington apple crop, producers of wood and plastic apple bins say they are making more but decline to reveal production levels. KapStone, the region's main cardboard box manufacturer, had no comment. More

Stemilt picks a new apple

One of the nation's largest tree fruit companies, Stemilt Growers Inc., has hooked up with the University of Minnesota for rights to grow and manage a new apple variety it's sure will be a winner. More

Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices

Washington and Oregon cranberry growers enjoy a good harvest, but Wisconsin farmers will dictate market conditions. More

Oregon GMO task force drafts report

Oregon GMO task force agrees on need for regulatory clarity, disagree on exact scheme. More

Hunt underway for source of Washington gypsy moths

The Washington Department of Agriculture is searching for gypsy moth eggs in a crowded Seattle neighborhood and in woods in Clark County. More

DOL seeks additional charges against growers

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to expand litigation against Oregon blueberry farmers accused of "hot goods" labor law violations. More

Rain damage hits Idaho Barley Commission budget

The Idaho Barley Commission will cut deep into reserves this season due to widespread quality problems with the malt crop. More

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