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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

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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... 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... 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

This Week's Top Headlines

Wenatchee wildfire losses reach $100 million

Winds pushed a grass fire into the north end of Wenatchee, Wash., late Sunday, June 28, burning more than two dozen homes and several tree fruit businesses and causing the evacuation of hundreds of residences. More

University of Idaho identifies more candidates in ag college dean search

University of Idaho officials have expanded their search for a new dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to include additional candidates. The university had originally intended to have a new dean in place by July 1. More

Ecology to cut off irrigators in Western and Eastern Washington

Washington Department of Ecology cuts off irrigators with junior rights to conserve water for fish and farmers with senior water rights. More

Ecology restricts irrigation in parts of north-central, Eastern Washington

Washington Department of Ecology restricts irrigation in north-central and Eastern Washington because of low river flows. More

Drought conditions take hold in Western Washington

Five Western Washington counties are in a "severe drought," according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, putting boths sides of the Cascades on course to become federal disaster areas. More

Hydropower challenge could impact irrigators

Irrigators could be affected by the latest legal challege against the Northwest's hydropower system. More

Idaho negotiations seek to stave water calls

A proposed agreement could stabilize Idaho's aquifer into the future and avert potentially ruinous water calls. More

Vilsack announces another $150 million in Calif. drought aid

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another $150 million in drought relief for California on June 24, the bulk of which will be used to restore mountain watersheds. More

Compromise canola bill foreshadows controversy

Debate over a recent Oregon canola bill likely foreshadows future controversies. More

Northwest cherry growers report lighter crop

Rain, heat, drought and lack of labor has nibbled at the Pacific Northwest cherry crop, reducing it 10 to 20 percent. Demand is good heading into Fourth of July sales. More

Ag industry mourns death of WSU president

The agriculture industry reflects on the death of Washington State University President Elson Floyd. Floyd died June 20 of complications from colon cancer, according to the university. More

Experts: Dry soils will impede drought recovery

Dry soils would impede the refilling of reservoirs even if snow is abundant in the coming winter, experts say. More

Spotted wing drosophila detected in SW Idaho

An exotic fruit fly that was first detected in Idaho in 2012 appears to have gained a tentative foothold in the state and researchers are trying to determine how widespread it is. More

Prop. 2 blamed for decline in egg production in Calif.

Egg production and the number of egg-laying hens are down significantly in California since last year, according to a USDA report. Farmers are decreasing their hen numbers to comply with Proposition 2, the 2008 initiative that set minimum cage sizes. More

Portland’s Zenger Farm bridges urban, rural divide

Portland non-profit opens the Urban Grange at the city-owned Zenger Farm property. The facility has 6,600 square feet of kitchen, classroom, meeting and office space that is intended to educate people about food and farming. More

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