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‘Pizza farms’ invite public for a slice of rural life

Pizza farms provide small farms with extra income and city dwellers with opportunities to get in touch with their food sources. Farmers and diners alike appreciate that the pizza toppings often were grown or produced onsite. More

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Cantwell introduces bill to continue fed role in Yakima water plan

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has introduced a bill to continue federal participation in the long journey to increase water supplies in Yakima... More


Idaho aquifer agreement finalized

Irrigators with Idaho's Surface Water Coalition and groundwater users with Idaho Groundwater Appropriators, Inc., have finalized an agreement that... More


Planning, new markets top Washington potato leader’s priorities

Mike Dodds, of Moses Lake, Wash., is the new chairman of the Washington Potato Commission. He is the raw material and environmental manager at... More

This Week's Top Headlines

Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says

Drought-related stress on trees will likely lead to a slightly smaller almond crop in California this year, industry officials have predicted. The crop estimate comes after last year's crop came in smaller than expected. More

Increased institutional food buying could bolster local farms

Because of their buying power and the millions of meals they serve, institutions such as hospitals, prisons and retirement centers could have a dramatic ripple effect on Oregon food growers and processors if they bought local products. More

Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize

BRAC has grown into one of the world’s largest nongovernmental organizations focused on alleviating poverty. It is estimated to have helped more than 150 million people out of poverty in Africa and Asia. More

Disagreement among allies strangles Washington wolf bill

The only wolf-related legislation with a chance of passing the Washington Legislature succumbed to a disagreement among allies. More

Oregon adds century, sesquicentennial farms and ranches

Oregon farms that have been in continuous family operation for 100 or 150 years will be honored at the state fair in August. More

OSU researchers study warm-water mass off West Coast

The mass of warm water in the ocean — hundreds of miles wide and about as long as California — has average temperatures that are 5 degrees to 7 degrees higher than normal. More

Water utility teams up with farmers to fight hazelnut worms

Using mating disruption techniques against moths helped hazelnut growers reduce pesticide use along the McKenzie River, which provides drinking water to 200,000 people. More

EPA to propose banning chlorpyrifos insecticide

The EPA says it plans to ban the common insecticide chlorpyrifos but may change its mind based on discussions with manufacturers. More

More shutoff notices issued to senior water right holders

California's State Water Resources Control Board has issued more curtailment notices to senior right holders south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. More

Tax relief available for fire victims

The Washington State Department of Revenue says businesses and individuals impacted by the Sleepy Hollow Fire in Wenatchee may seek tax relief. More

REIT purchases 6,000 acres of Willamette Valley farmland

A real estate investment trust has bought a family farm company in Oregon's Willamette Valley and plans to convert much of its acreage to organic production. More

Spud industry in good shape for FDA trans fat phase-out, expert says

The potato industry should be in good shape to comply with an FDA mandate that food products be rid of unhealthy trans fats within three years, according to an industry nutrition expert. More

Obama calls for broader overtome coverage

A new overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, to $970 a week by next year. That would mean salaried employees earning less than $50,440 a year would be assured overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. More

Two solar farms proposed in Central Oregon

The proposed solar facilities would cover about 70 acres zoned for farming and produce a combined 20 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to power 3,000 homes annually. More

Chobani selected as Greek yogurt provider for school lunches

Chobani was selected as the exclusive provider after it successfully led a Greek yogurt pilot program over the past year. More

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