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Farm labor keeps tightening, industry says

It's hard to get a real handle on it, but agricultural labor sources say the shortage of farmworkers, particularly seasonal, continues to worsen. A big part of it, they say, is people leaving fields for more appealing work. More

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County attorney changes mind on forcing public access

The Bannock County Commission has once again tabled a vote to forcibly validate a public access to national forest land across private property,... More


GOP must act on immigration, Nassif says

A leader in negotiating the agricultural portion of the 2013 Senate immigration bill says Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make... More


Recount likely on Oregon GMO labeling measure

With a margin of less than 1,500 votes, it appears an automatic recount is likely in the campaign over Measure 92, a ballot initiative that would... More

This Week's Top Headlines

Washington agriculture exports rise again

Washington agricultural exports rose for a fourth-straight quarter over the previous year, the state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reports. More

President could act in event of port shutdown

In the event of a container terminal lockout, President Barack Obama can order ports to re-open. More

Immigration order unlikely to help ag, labor experts say

Several agricultural industry labor experts say a presidential order giving legal status and work status to millions of illegal aliens won't help and may worsen the national shortage of seasonal farm labor. More

GMO alfalfa growers challenge Oregon county’s ban

Oregon alfalfa farmers have challenged a county ban on genetically modified organisms based on the state's right to farm law. More

Washington state directors ask EPA to refine water rule

The directors of the Washington ecology, agriculture, fish and wildlife, and transportation departments suggest the EPA refine its approach to clarifying which waters fall under federal jurisdiction. More

Idaho ag exports on record pace despite third-quarter slowdown

The value of Idaho agricultural exports slowed during the third quarter of 2014 but they're still on pace to set an annual record for the fourth straight year. A decline in dairy exports was a major factor in the third-quarter slowdown. More

Port slowdown hobbles Washington potato industry

The slowdown at the Port of Seattle ishurting the Washington potato industry. Washington Potato Commission executive director Chris Voigt says the president needs to step in by next week if the two sides can't come to an agreement. More

Researcher explores new test for spud disease

A University of Idaho researcher is experimenting with a new test for detecting potato pathogens. More

Conservation groups offer reward in wolf shooting

Conservation groups are offering a $15,000 award for information about the shooting of a wolf in October in Kittitas County. More

Baker County ranchers sign sage grouse pact

The Baker County ranch is the first, and maybe the last, to sign an individual sage grouse agreement with the federal wildlife agency. More

Researcher: Climate talks should focus on solutions

An Iowa State University sociology professor who examined differences in opinion between climate scientists and farmers about climate change advises the scientists to focus more on on-farm solutions in their conversations with growers. More

Economist: Dairy prices headed for 25-35 percent correction in 2015

A dairy economist told Idaho milk producers to brace for lower prices next year and she said that prices for class III milk, which is used to produce cheese, could fall to about $15.50 per hundredweight in May before starting to rebound. More

Delta tunnels the next big water fight in Calif.

Now that California's Proposition 1 has passed, some activists who fought the state's water bond have turned their attention to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tunnels that would bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. More

Shippers say truck shortage worse than ever

Idaho potato shippers say a tight supply of trucks for moving spuds is making it challenging for them to keep up with holiday demand. More

Trade pact aims to level the playing field

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade discussions could level the playing field for United States agricultural exports like wheat and apples grown in the Pacific Northwest, industry representatives say. More

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