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Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington state

Federal authorities listed the grizzly bear as threatened in the lower 48 states in 1975 and ultimately designated five areas in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to focus on boosting the population. A small population of grizzlies exists in Washington’s Selkirk Mountains. More

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Higher prices prompt increase in milk production

High milk prices and lower feed costs grew U.S. milk production 4 percent in July over year-ago levels. Continued favorable margins are expected to... More


Calif. farm groups fret over groundwater bills

Farm groups are lined up in opposition to a pair of bills in the California Legislature that would give the State Water Resources Control Board broad... More


A place where research meets agriculture

The U.S. Department of Energy has a rich history of contributing to the advancement of agriculture and continues helping the industry today. More

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Calif. bond would set $100 million for water-use efficiency

California's $7.5 billion water bond proposal would provide $100 million for water use efficiency projects on farms and in cities. More

Drought has state debating unregulated pumping

Two bills before lawmakers would require some local governments to start managing groundwater withdrawals, and authorize the state to step in if they fail. More

Deals with feds offer only limited legal protection

Agreements that limit landowner liabilities under the Endangered Species Act can still be challenged by environmentalists. More

Court rules in elevator’s favor in biotech dispute

The Syngenta biotech firm cannot force the Bunge grain elevator company to accept its Agrisure Viptera variety of genetically engineered corn, a federal appeals court ruled. More

Idaho barley sustains ‘catastrophic’ losses

The Idaho Barley Commission is seeking to help growers cope with "catastrophic" damage due to a wet August. More

Rabobank: Potential for land asset bubble looms

Rabobank warns that the long-term, steep growth pattern in land values – driven by high commodity prices, low interest rates and scarcity of land -- has to change in order to avoid a land asset bubble. More

Yaks offer couple a unique alternative

Idaho couple raises yak for their meat but also sells meat, breeding animals, hides, skulls and fiber. More

Farm groups cheer California water bond proposal

Farm groups in California hailed the $7.5 billion water bond measure agreed to by Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers. The measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would include $2.7 billion for storage. More

Ancient waves of grain

August is heavy wheat harvest in the Pacific Northwest. But there is one grower who charts a different path — growing an ancient ancestor of modern wheat. More

Idaho ag exports up 16 percent during first half

The value of Idaho dairy products sold abroad rose 52 percent to $213 million during the first half of 2014 and led a 16 percent increase in the value of Idaho ag exports. More

Drought, freezes diminish Calif. table olive crop

The National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts that this year's table olive crop in California will be 45 percent smaller than last year's. But an industry leader says NASS may even have been too optimistic with its report. More

Idaho county pursues forest right-of-way through farm ground

The Bannock County Commission has tabled a ruling on its proposal to validate a public access through private farm and residential property. More

Decision on Calif. milk pricing to come swiftly

California's pricing of milk to manufacture cheese, which has given California dairymen severe heartburn and caused industry infighting for four years, could be on the the verge of a landmark decision by California's Ag Secretary Karen Ross.  More

Spearmint oil assessment rate goes down

The assessment fee for spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Nevada and Utah has been decreased from 10 cents to 9 cents a pound. More

Idaho enacts ring rot certification standards

Idaho Crop Improvement Association has implemented new certification requirements for bacterial ring rot. More

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