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Researcher predicts cold hardiness zone shift

A University of Idaho doctoral student's research shows winter hardiness zones will shift nationwide by 2050 due to climate change, with milder low temperatures allowing new crops to thrive in different regions. More

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Vinegar company fined for spill in Washington river

The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Fleischmann's Vinegar Co. for spilling 10,000 gallons of concentrated vinegar into a river. More


U.S. farms hiring more workers, survey shows

The first of two annual U.S. farm labor reports for the year by USDA shows a 2 percent increase in farm workers hired in April compared with a year... More


Ranchers say outgoing Idaho Cattle Association leader will be greatly missed

Wyatt Prescott, who has led the Idaho Cattle Association for the past six years, is leaving that position but still plans to be involved in policy... More

This Week's Top Headlines

Bastian new VP for industry relations at United Dairymen of Idaho

Before joining UDI, Eric Bastian served as vice president of research and development for Glanbia Nutritionals and Glanbia Foods. More

Nevada’s oldest known tree lives on in stories of its death

The tree turned out to be approximately 4,900 years old, making it the oldest known tree on Earth at the time. More

Feds reject request to lift Snake River fall chinook ESA listing

The decision cites concerns Snake River fall chinook wouldn’t remain viable without continued protections. More

California to dismiss $1.4M fine against irrigation district

In a draft order, the State Water Recourses Control Board said Thursday that its prosecutors failed to prove its case against Byron-Bethany Irrigation District. More

Wheat growers organization names new CEO

Chandler Goule has been named new CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers. More

Bat disease continues to surprise in Washington

A Washington state veterinarian says it's puzzling, surprising and good that no more bats infected with white-nose syndrome has been found so far. More

CDFA permanently raises whey value in milk pricing

Dairymen say the decision is good but it won't keep dairies from going out of business due to mounting losses. More

Ruling hinders Oregon wind energy project

A struggling wind turbine project on ranchland in Oregon's Harney County was dealt a serious legal setback due to a sage grouse sighting. More

WSDA looks at big jump in livestock inspection fees

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is proposing raising livestock inspection fees to fill a budget hole. More

Irrigators step up cloud seeding support

The Idaho Water Resource Board and Idaho surface and groundwater users have stepped up their efforts to support Idaho Power Co.'s statewide cloud seeding program. More

Judge rules softwood lumber checkoff unlawful

The softwood lumber checkoff, which raises money to promote wood products, was created unlawfully, according to a federal judge. More

Wilco, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon propose merger

Wilco and Hazlenut Growers of Oregon, two farm cooperatives, are considering a merger. More

Harvest of a light PNW cherry crop begins

With Washington cherry harvest starting two week earlier than normal, growers are anxious for good weather as they forecast a lighter crop. More

Gorge’s wine success rooted in Wright’s old vine legacy

If someone writes the history of growing grapes and making wine in the Columbia River Gorge, Lonnie Wright will be in the first chapter. More

NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to build new automated snow survey sites to better understand mid-elevation snowpack, which seems to be disappearing early in recent years. More

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