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Judge orders Sakuma to let guests visit workers

A Skagit County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that Sakuma Bros. Farms violated labor and tenant laws by restricting visitor access to worker housing. More

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Judge believes DOL should return ‘hot goods’ money

A federal judge recently heard oral arguments in the U.S. Labor Department's "hot goods" case against farmers. More


Tilth Producers of Washington marks 40th anniversary

Tilth Producers of Washington was founded 40 years ago to promote small-scale organic farming. More


Pollinator task force backs pesticide reporting system

An Oregon pollinator task force has completed a report to the state legislature with proposals to improve bee health. More

This Week's Top Headlines

Pulse crop production down as prices rise

Yields for lentils, chickpeas and green peas in Washington and Idaho were down signifiantly this year but because of production challenges in other areas as well, prices are on the rise. More

House Dems again seek vote on wildfire bill

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., has been joined by House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in calling for Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote on a bill that would protect forest management in the federal wildfire disaster budget. More

Tomato growers peg crop at record 14 million tons

California processing tomato growers expect to meet contracts for a record 14-million-ton crop. Good weather during crop development and having more acres planted than originally expected enabled growers to meet the goal. More

Huge apple crop pushes bin production

With a huge Washington apple crop, producers of wood and plastic apple bins say they are making more but decline to reveal production levels. KapStone, the region's main cardboard box manufacturer, had no comment. More

Stemilt picks a new apple

One of the nation's largest tree fruit companies, Stemilt Growers Inc., has hooked up with the University of Minnesota for rights to grow and manage a new apple variety it's sure will be a winner. More

Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices

Washington and Oregon cranberry growers enjoy a good harvest, but Wisconsin farmers will dictate market conditions. More

Oregon GMO task force drafts report

Oregon GMO task force agrees on need for regulatory clarity, disagree on exact scheme. More

Hunt underway for source of Washington gypsy moths

The Washington Department of Agriculture is searching for gypsy moth eggs in a crowded Seattle neighborhood and in woods in Clark County. More

DOL seeks additional charges against growers

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to expand litigation against Oregon blueberry farmers accused of "hot goods" labor law violations. More

Rain damage hits Idaho Barley Commission budget

The Idaho Barley Commission will cut deep into reserves this season due to widespread quality problems with the malt crop. More

UP surcharge raises intermodal freight costs

Union Pacific is applying an overweight surcharge on intermodal containers headed for western ports, increasing freight costs for ag products headed for export markets. More

Groups seek foreign buyers for ethanol cereal byproduct

The U.S. Grains Council and Renewable Fuels Association hosted reprensentatives from 32 countries at an export conference Oct. 21-22 in Seattle. More

Idaho apple growers report bumper crop

With Idaho's apple harvest winding down, orchardists are reporting a bumper crop this year. More

Washington apple harvest starts final leg

Washington apple harvest enters the home stretch with more selective picking than normal because of a huge crop. Harvest started Aug. 1 and will finish about Nov. 15. More

U.S. dairymen adding cows on good margins

U.S. milk production was up 4.1 percent in September over year-ago levels, boosted by 78,000 additional cows and increased per cow production of almost 2 pounds. More

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