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Producers wonder when cattle price bubble will burst

Record-breaking cattle prices, bringing strong profits up and down the beef supply chain, have many concerned about a market downturn. Feedlots are the most at risk but have a pretty good cushion through October. More

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Fire season in West so far is below expectations

With only about $1 billion budgeted for fighting wildfires, the Forest Service expects by late August to once again have to tap other funds, such as... More


Cow/calf profits soar

Cow/calf producers are enjoying sweet prices on their beef calves, with average profits running $480 per cow. More


Research tackles colony collapse

Honey bee researchers grind away at finding the cause and cure for colony collapse disorder. More

This Week's Top Headlines

Idaho soy, canola demanded for crushing plant

An oilseed crushing plant scheduled to open this fall in Plymouth, Utah, should make soybeans and canola more common in regional farm rotations. More

‘Gut-wrenching’ losses in wildfire

Fires in Washington's Okanogan County have burned thousands of acres of rangeland, killed livestock, left ranches and orchards without power for irrigation and destroyed homes. More

Calif. cattlemen turn up heat on rustlers

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will bar those convicted of livestock theft from holding a registered brand in California for five years, and the person will face increased scrutiny after that. The bill was the second in two years to deal with cattle rustling, which has become a high-tech crime. More

Sheep industry relieved by experiment station’s rescue

The sheep industry is relieved by congressional action to keep the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station at Dubois, Idaho, open. USDA had requested reprogramming of funds for the station, which would have shuttered its doors. More

Wildlife managers think like a wolf to trap one

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists track, trap and monitor wolves, the better to get a handle on populations and movement throughout the state. Documentation of wolf sightings will open the door to more management options, says wolf specialist Scott Becker. More

Growers slow to warm to frozen hops

Hop growers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho ,the nation's top hop producing states, have been slow to warm to the idea of freezing instead of drying hops. A South Dakota man who is pushing the idea may shift the focus of his project away from this area to his home state as a result. More

WSU partners with company to market cereal varieties

Washington State University will partner with Washington Genetics, LLC. The newly formed company, owned by Washington Grain Commission board member Mike Miller and his wife Marci. will market WSU varieties, manage royalties and look for new opportunities, says WSU associate dean of research Jim... More

Research clears bulb onions of E. coli risk

Oregon State University researchers in Ontario have found that bulb onions pose no risk of E. coli contamination from irrigation water regardless of how they are irrigated and regarless of how much bacteria is present in the water. More

UI president addresses ag funding, partnerships

New University of Idaho President Chuck Staben says the school will continue to be a strong supporter of farmers and agriculture. The president recently met with the Capital Press to talk about the future of funding, research and industry partnerships. More

Spud leaders give GMO guarded endorsement

Potato industry leaders have taken a stance in favor of biotechnology as a safe option for developing improved crop varieties. More

DeVaney heads new tree fruit association

The executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association has been chosen to head a new Washington State Tree Fruit Association in September that will replace the Growers-Shippers association and three others. More

House Democrats push for vote on forest bill

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are circulating a discharge petition to force a floor vote on a bill that would require money to be retained in wildfire disaster budgets for forest management. More

Red-hot job market awaits many ag school graduates

Regional agricultural college leaders say job opportunities abound for their graduates, but they're having trouble keeping up with demand by the industry. More

Third man arrested in theft of cheese vans

The minibuses, worth $100,000 each, were stolen Saturday from a hotel parking lot in Manteca, where they had stopped on a tour promoting the Oregon-based Tillamook County Creamery Association’s dairy products. More

Group urges support for besieged berry farm

Supporters of a large Skagit County, Wash., berry farm say it has been unfairly targeted by union activists and that other farms should come to its aid. More

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