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FDA releases revised produce rule

FDA officials say the agency's revised produce rule would provide more flexibility for farmers to meet proposed water quality standards. The revisions were announced today on the Federal Register website. More

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Wash. farmer, daughter on ‘Survivor’

He survived decades as a Washington farmer. Now Dale Wentworth and his daughter, Kelley, find out if they can survive on the CBS reality show... More


Harvest of big walnut crop under way in California

The harvest of early walnut varieties is under way in California, and growers are expecting a record overall crop. More


Researcher finds gatekeeper wheat gene

Washington State University researcher Kulvinder Gill has found a key gene that will allow breeders to move traits from wild grass relatives into... More

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DOL says it can’t return all the ‘hot goods’ money

The U.S. Department of Labor claims it can't come up with the cash to fully reimburse Oregon farmers for the $220,000 it unlawfully coerced from them. More

Growers, scientists tout GMOs in Calif. media tour

A group of growers and scientists is in California this week touting the benefits of genetically modified crops. More

Ag-based economies help small Oregon counties thrive

Agriculture has provided a strong base for economic recovery in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge counties. More

Water will flow until October in Treasure Valley

Irrigation districts in southwestern Idaho won't cease delivering water to farmers until the first part of October, a month later than last year. They also expect to have a decent amount of carryover water left for the 2015 season. More

GMOs face the test in Hawaii

Syngenta is one of the big five global seed companies doing GMO and pesticide research and development in Hawaii. They are involved in a statewide and national debate over GMO crops. More

Engineered moths could reduce pest population

Biotech moths may allow farmers to control pests without chemicals. More

OSU’s forage straw research to continue

The Oregon Legislature's Emergency Board Wednesday approved $100,000 for Oregon State University's forage straw research More

Idaho spud sizes down, yields average

Early in harvest, Idaho's potato yields appear to be average or slightly below average and spud sizes are down from last season. More

WSDA asks to enforce federal food law

The Washington Department of Agriculture is willing to take on enforcing new federal food safey law if Congress funds it. A Washington state lawmaker says he doesn't want to go to the trouble of setting up a state enforcement program unless federal regulators really relinquish control. More

IPC appoints youngest board member ever

The Idaho Potato Commission is adding its youngest board member ever. More

Lawsuit could impact Idaho agriculture

A pending lawsuit targeting Idaho Wildlife Services could impact Idaho agriculture since 88 percent of the agency's funding is used to protect agriculture, especially livestocck producers, from predators. More

Impact of labeling law on farmers debated

Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms say an Oregon ballot initiative would create legal risks for growers. More

Washington apple harvest in full swing

Washington growers are nearing the half-way point of harvesting their largest apple crop in history. So far good weather has helped but most everyone could use more pickers. More

OSU, wheat commission reach royalty agreement

Oregon State University and the state's wheat commission have agreed on how royalties on OSU-developed wheat varieties will be split. More

NASS defends bullish Calif. crop estimates

A National Agrcultural Statistics Service official in California is defending the agency's crop estimates after California Citrus Mutual became the latest of several commodity organizations to say that NASS projection for their crop was too high. More

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