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Eastern Oregon water reservations renewed

Irrigators can develop up to 144,100 acre feet in Eastern Oregon with the renewal of water reservations in three basins. More

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University of Idaho’s ag dean joins trade mission to China

Michael Parrella, who took over as dean of University of Idaho's college of agriculture this year, will join Idaho farm industry representatives on a... More


Ranch helps elevate niche market for bison meat

At Whole Foods, ground bison sells for $10.99 a pound and strip steaks sell for $25.99 a pound. More


U.N. expert: Junk food is a human rights concern

The U.N.’s special representative on the right to food, said that states must go beyond ensuring the minimum requirements needed for survival... More

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USDA clears new GMO potato variety

A new variety of potato genetically modified without plant pests can be commercialized without undergoing USDA's deregulatory process for biotech crops. More

USDA predicts TPP would be net positive for U.S. dairy

A USDA analysis shows increased exports of U.S. dairy products with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a drop in dairy exports if the U.S. does not participate in the agreement. More

Ag voices must be heard on Columbia River System, group says

Farmers, ranchers and others associated with agriculture need to tell the federal government how import the Columbia-Snake river system is to them, the leader of an industry group says. More

Calif. winegrape growers wrap up quick, smooth harvest

Winegrape growers in California's prime wine country have wrapped up a harvest that was quick and smooth. More

Ecology weighs flood-control options for Chehalis River

A report by the Washington Department of Ecology looks at two main options for reducing flood-damage to farms — build a dam or move the farms. More

Idaho Falls farmers host celebration of farm labor, support businesses

A group of Idaho Falls farmers hosted a community celebration of agriculture and farm workers, planning to award a scholarship to the child of a farm worker with the funds raised from the event. More

OSU officials mull future of ag facility

Questions linger about what to do with an Oregon State University agricultural facility that was closed due to the discovery of a new species of potato cyst nematode. More

Buffer reimbursement signups start Nov. 1

A unique reimbursement offers farmers the amount of money they would have received by growing a crop on streamside buffers. More

Officials warn of flash flood danger in fire-scarred areas

State and federal water, fire and weather officials are cautioning California residents to be wary of flash floods this winter, particularly in areas scarred by wildfires. More

Supreme Court turns down Hage lawsuit appeal

Lawsuit against deceased "Sagebrush Rebellion" icon Wayne Hage won't be reviews by Supreme Court. More

Technology could solve juniper problem, generate electricity

Hiroshi Morihara of Gresham, Ore., is ready to license a biomass fuel technology that could reduce the fuel load in forests and perhaps bring jobs to rural areas. More

Oregon mega-dairy manages practices in closed loop

Threemile Canyon Farms defends its management practices at Columbia River Dairy, the state's largest dairy farm. More

Rangeland fire associations improve ranchers’ relationship with BLM

The relationship between Idaho ranchers and BLM firefighters, once contentious, has improved greatly since the introduction of rangeland fire protection associations, voluntary groups that are trained to assist federal and state agencies fight wildfires. More

Weak La Nina may help ease drought

The Climate Prediction Center's seasonal outlook forecasts a winter influenced by cooling ocean temperatures. More

Idaho grower’s canola experiment eliminates nematodes

A grower experimenting with early planting of winter canola has found nematode populations were eradicated, saving him on fumigation costs before planting potatoes. More

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