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Program aims to retain flood irrigation

A grant aims to help producers in important wildlife areas in Idaho improve their flood-irrigaiton systems to benefit habitat. More

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Calif. navel orange production meets expectations

Navel orange production in California finished the 2014-15 season at close to the 79 million cartons predicted in the National Agricultural... More


Washington agriculture weighs impacts of piece-rate court ruling

Washington's tree fruit industry and other labor-intensive agriculture are grappling with a state Supreme Court ruling requiring piece-rate workers... More


More wildfires, less area burned in California

So far this year, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes — a 41 percent increase from the same period last year. The fires... More

This Week's Top Headlines

Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

Every few years, the winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual. That water sloshes back and forth around the equator in the Pacific, interacts with the winds above and then changes weather worldwide. More

Egg industry struggles to recover from bird flu

Egg prices continue to rise as industry tries to recover from bird flu epidemic. More

Mid-year cattle inventory confirms expansion

USDA's July 1 cattle inventory report verifies beef herd expansion with increases in beef cow and heifer repplacement numbers. More

Pheasant hunting as a successful ranch enterprise

Columnist Doug Warnock discusses the latest topics in ranch management. More

Committee mulling PCN program alternatives

An Idaho State Department of Agriculture pale cyst nematode advisory committee is mulling eight options to change its current program to erradicate the regulated pest. More

Late blight continues to spread in S. Idaho

Late blight has been discovered in three potato fields in Idaho's Minidoka County and may be widespread in that area, according to crop expert Jeff Miller. More

Scavenger hunt teaches kids the source of their food

At the Canyon County fair in Idaho, children learn about agriculture by collecting the ingredients for their breakfast. More

Co-op’s huge riverside terminal handles wheat harvest

The McNary terminal, located just above McNary Dam in the Port of Umatilla, allows the co-op to blend different varieties of wheat into one package for customers, and load the product onto barges. More

Summer jobs on the farm offer more than a paycheck

Grass seed harvest means jobs for youths, who learn about agriculture and much more, they say. More

Irrigation ends in some Yakima tributaries

Water for some pre-statehood water right holders in two Yakima River tributaries is curtailed because of drought. Likely means no crop for some apple orchards. More

E. Oregon camelina trials look more promising during persistent drought

Oregon State University field trials have shown that camelina can be grown at a small profit in Eastern Oregon, with no irrigation water. More

GMO label debate a ‘wicked’ problem

Science is bypassed in the emotional debate over labeling products containing genetically modified organisms, an Iowa State University sociologist says. More

Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella case

The "unprecedented' potential life sentence for former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was disclosed by prosecutors in a court filing. More

It’s unclear whether Obama would sign GMO label bill

The legislation, which passed 275-150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms. More

House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling

The country’s largest food companies say genetically modified foods are safe and that labels would be misleading. More

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