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Local biotech authority proposal replaced with fish labeling requirement

A bill that would allow local governments in Oregon to regulate biotech crops has been gutted and stuffed with a proposal to require labeling of genetically engineered fish. More

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U.S. horticulture sales blossom, survey shows

California led the nation in horticulture sales in 2014, claiming 21 percent of the $13.8 billion in total U.S. sales. More


Last Oregon occupiers surrender, ending 41-day ordeal

Federal authorities in six states also arrested seven other people accused of being involved in the occupation and brought charges against a leader... More


New maritime rule may jeopardize container trade, coalition says

U.S. exporters and importers could be faced with added costs and port turmoil this summer due to new martime cargo rule, the Agriculture... More

This Week's Top Headlines

Brown says she’s talking to feds about land issues

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Thursday addressed issues related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which ended with the surrender of the last four remaining protesters. More

Judge rules against environmentalists on Snake River dredging

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association is hailing a U.S. District Court judge's ruling in Seattle against arguments that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn't take the proper precautions when dredging the Lower Snake River in 2015. More

Wheat leaders anticipate erosion of soft white premium

Some wheat industry sources warn Idaho growers premiums for soft white wheat over hard varieties may not continue, and they should avoid the urge to shift acres to soft white. More

Premium wines hold opportunity, grape growers told

A global wine and wine grape broker tells Washington winemakers that the greatest opportunities right now are in premium wines. More

Some Oregon, California leaders upset over Klamath dams

The Department of Interior has said it will work with Oregon, California and PacifiCorp to amend the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement and move forward with plans to remove the four dams from the Klamath River. More

Federal land ownership battle heads for court

A standoff orchestrated by a group of ranchers at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon has raised awareness about efforts among Western states to force the federal government to turn federal lands over to state control. More

Top bull goes for $12,500 at Klamath sale

Ninety bulls were sold for a total price of $403,850, an average price of $4,487.22. More

Vilsack: USDA budget down, but still ample

USDA's proposed budget would reduce funding for crop insurance and increase funding for agricultural research. More

Idaho House, Senate panels split on wheat commission name rule

A provision in a pending rule that the Idaho Wheat Commission says would enable it to better educate growers has been approved in the Senate but rejected in the House. More

WSU apple gets new push with new name

Washington State University has renamed the apple variety WA 2 "Sunrise Magic" and hopes that and a new commercialization system propels it with growers. More

WA lawmaker warns about topping carbon cap with tax

Washington state senator warns against piling a carbon tax on top of a carbon cap. More

Oregon lawmakers rethink biotech pre-emption

Biotech critics are urging Oregon lawmakers to reverse the state's pre-emption against local regulations on genetically engineered crops. More

Apple prices do well as sales season progresses

Washington apple prices continue to slowly rise and grower returns may be five to six times higher than a year ago. More

Governor seeks additional $1.8 million for ag research, extension

Gov. Butch Otter's proposed budget asks for an additional $1.8 million in agricultural research and extension funding. Almost all of that additional money would be related to payroll costs. More

Idaho grower pleased with no-till spuds

An Eastern Idaho farmer has experimented with no-till potatoes. More

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