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California strawberry production already tops 2016 total

New varieties and improved plant health are credited as California’s strawberry production has already reached 197.3 million crates statewide, up from a record 196.8 million produced in all of 2016. More

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Some Idaho milk producers lose contracts

Increasing milk production and buyers’ inability to continue to move excess milk out of state is expected to reduce Idaho’s dairy herd... More

 

Eastern Oregon farmers hope to alter transmission line’s route

Farmers hope Oregon regulators will alter the route of a 300-mile transmission line that’s expected to cross farmland. More

 

How farmers fared in producing this year’s holiday feast

Producers of the food that makes up our holiday dinners would like to see better markets, but generally have reason to be thankful. More

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OSP: Surge of wolf killings isn’t organized effort

Conservationists worry a “shoot, shovel and shut up” attitude has taken hold in rural Oregon. More

Farm group reactions mixed on federal tax relief package

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other groups laud the proposed eventual elimination of the estate tax, but they’re concerned about restrictions on business interest deductions they say could harm rural America. More

Conference encourages women to take the lead

There is plenty of opportunity for women in agriculture, but women need to make sure their voices are heard and help other women join the conversation and leadership ranks. More

H-2A minimum wage likely to increase

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released data for the basis of increasing the minimum wage for H-2A workers by 5.53 percent in Washington and Oregon next year. More

ESA reform makes headway on Capitol Hill

In addition to modernizing the Endangered Species Act, momentum is picking up in Washington, D.C., to reform the Antiquities Act and amend sage grouse management plans. More

New Oregon instream water rights worry irrigators

New instream water rights sought by Oregon regulators are worrisome for irrigators. More

Water rights legal theory unnerves irrigators

A controversial legal theory involving Oregon’s instream water rights is making irrigators nervous. More

Idaho livestock owners eligible for cattle inspection fee refund

Because of a paperwork error, Idaho livestock owners were overcharged $100,000 in cattle brand inspection fees between July 1 and Oct. 1 and are eligible for a 25-cent-a-head refund. More

Miller ending term as Washington Grain Commission chairman

Mike Miller says Pacific Northwest farmers are fortunate to have such high demand overseas for their soft white wheat. More

Eagle departing state grain commission

Almira farmer Mike Eagle isn’t seeking a new term on the Washington Grain Commission. More

Trump trade policies spawn uncertainty for U.S. beef exports

Pulling out of TPP, renegotiating NAFTA and threats to trade with South Korea weigh on ranchers. More

Idaho ag export value up 12 percent in 2017

After decreasing in 2015 and 2016, the total value of Idaho agricultural exports increased 12 percent through the first nine months of this year. More

Wildlife Services officials urge ranchers to report all cattle deaths

The thick hide of adult cattle often shows no sign of a wolf attack, leaving cattlemen to wonder what took down a cow. But there are signs under the hide that can lead to a confirmed wolf depredation, and USDA Wildlife Services wants cattlemen to report all deaths so it can investigate. More

Forest bill allows tribes to grab county power, lawyer says

A bill that recently passed the U.S. House allows Indian tribes to seek and take power over federal lands from counties, a lawyer told the Washington Farm Bureau convention. More

Idaho Potato Commission takes steps to address quality concerns

IPC plans to conduct quality-improvement workshops for growers and shippers, is developing a handbook outlining best practices for handling potatoes and has commissioned University of Idaho potato researchers to study the supply chain and determine causes of damage. More

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