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Western Innovator: Duck eggs fill market niche

California farmer raises 2,800 Kakhi Campbell ducks in Sonoma County. More

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Weather delays N. Idaho spring wheat crop

Pacific Northwest wheat officials say good moisture and growing-degree days will help the crop catch up after planting delays. More

 

Washington fruit company defends piece-rate pay

Washington fruit company argues why dismantling piece-rate pay would be bad for farmers and workers More

 

Prices of largest spuds on the rise

Idaho fresh potato growers say prices of large carton sizes are increasing, and they anticipate production may be down in 2017. More

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Field trip mixes fun with facts for first-graders

The equipment dealer’s jam-packed morning of ag-related activities was meant to raise youngster’s awareness of agriculture to help secure the future of ag. More

Oregon livestock company prevails in trade secrets dispute

An Oregon livestock nutrition company, Omnigen Research, has prevailed in a lawsuit against a former employee who allegedly stole trade secrets and who was found to have destroyed evidence in the case. More

China needs apple diversity, marketer says

With 70 percent of its apple production in Fuji, China needs to expand more into other varieties to avoid an apple downturn, says a Shanghai importer-exporter with Wenatchee, Wash., roots. More

Trump’s budget would cut Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Funding for USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program would be eliminated under the president’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. A group that represents the nation’s specialty crop growers believes there is enough support in Congress for the program to keep it funded. More

Labor pains: Finding enough workers worries growers, packers

Growers are more reluctant to talk about labor fearing they’ll attract U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. Some have enough workers or think they will. Others are short and a shortage in California is already resulting in cherries not picked. More

Idaho groundwater users give lawmakers, libraries Swan Falls book

Idaho groundwater users have purchased copies of a book by former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones on the historic Swan Falls Agreement to give to state lawmakers and libraries. More

Freeze damage shows up in Washington, Oregon blackberries

Oregon and Washington blackberry crops expected to be reduced by cold damage More

U.S. Wheat: Trump budget would ‘gut’ overseas marketing

U.S. Wheat Associates joins a new coalition of agricultural organizations to protect funding for two federal programs that fund overseas marketing. More

New state law boosts Idaho recharge totals

Idaho water users say a new state law helped them recharge more water in the aquifer during a big water year. More

Idaho wine industry says Boise catering rule causes headaches

Idaho Wine Commission members say they might turn to the Idaho Legislature to fix an issue that is causing problems for wineries that want to serve wine by the glass at public events in Boise, the state’s largest city. More

Oregon wheat growers deal with additional stripe rust pressure

Heavy snow and rain since last fall was great for thirsty wheat crops, but pathogens also flourish in such conditions. More

Generic maraschino cherry promotions nearing end

The future of the National Cherry Growers & Industries Foundation and generic promotions of maraschino cherries is questionable after this year because processors no longer want to participate. More

Growers rush to finish rice planting after field work delays

Rice growers in California are scrambling to get their planting done by June 1 after winter and early spring rains made many fields too wet to work in until recently. More

Brown restores FFA, career tech funding after outcry from supporters

Gov. Jerry Brown reinserted $15.4 million into his budget proposal for high school FFA and career technical programs after parents, students and other advocates took to social media to rally support for the programs. More

Idaho, Oregon researchers work on stevia seed line

Some of the leading research being done on stevia, a plant that is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, is taking place in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho and Eastern Oregon. More

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