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Allotment tour set to highlight regulatory issues

Ranchers in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation have scheduled a tour of an allotment that was closed a month early, hoping to start a dialogue about improving federal range management decisions. More

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Ag helps fuel Idaho’s economic growth

Idaho's gross state product grew at one of the fastest rates in the nation last year and a strong performance by the state's agricultural sector... More

 

Unauthorized GMO wheat in Montana

USDA said more biotech wheat was found at a former field trial site in Montana but it's unrelated to a 2013 unauthorized release in Oregon. The... More

 

Onion quality above normal in Treasure Valley

Onion harvest in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon is halfway done and farmers are reporting slightly lower yields but excellent quality. More

This Week's Top Headlines

Outlook bright for livestock, dairy

An economic outlook by University of Missouri's FAPRI projects high prices for the livestock and dairy sectors and lower prices for the grains and oilseed sectors, resulting in livestock receipts eclipsing crop receipts in 2014 -- which last occurred in 2005. More

Umatilla, Morrow Co. spud growers happy with harvest

Oregon spud growers expect above average harvest. More

Washington blueberries look to extend record streak

Washington blueberry growers expect a record-setting crop for an eighth straight year. Prices have fallen since 2011's lucrative crop, but farmers say that means blueberries going into more products. More

Oregon growers face ‘epic’ grape harvest

Oregon's wine grape harvest is under way, and vineyards report high quality and heavy yields. More

Oregon land issues may spark legislative fixes

A land use expert says conflicts between farming and otherland uses in Oregon may spark new legislative proposals. More

East Idaho farm teaches fourth-graders about ag

Swore Farms in southeast Idaho has an annual tradition of inviting all of fourth-graders in the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district to come and learn about agriculture. More

Producers react cautiously to FDA revisions

FDA released revisions to its proposed produce safety rule Sept. 19 and growers and farm group leaders are sorting through the 152-page technical document to try to determine whether the changes are reasonable and economically viable for farmers. More

Idaho cropland rent increases

Idaho farmers weren't surprised to hear that the average cost to rent irrigated cropland increased $20 an acre this year. The average rent expense for all cropland in Idaho is estimated at $151 an acre, an increase of $12 over 2013. More

U.S. milk production trending higher

Strong domestic sales and exports have led to record-breaking prices for dairy products and milk, spurring an increase in U.S. milk production. More

Oregon hazelnut crop set to fetch record-high price

Oregon hazelnut growers are in good shape heading into the harvest. More

Farm tax breaks ‘at risk’ in search for school dollars

Restlesss Washington Supreme Court suggests lawmakers should look at eliminating tax exemptions to fund education. Farm advocates are concerned tax breaks that saved growers and food processors $588.2 million in recent two-year period will be closed. More

Idaho sugar beet harvest off to sweet start

Farmers participating in Idaho's early sugar beet harvest say sugar levels are up signfiicantly this season. More

U.S. cattle on feed continues decline

U.S. cattle inventories continue to decline. Cattle on feed was down only 1 percent year-over-year on Sept. 1. But placements into feedlots were down 10 percent, indicating a tightening supply of beef ahead. More

Ranchers criticize response to Ore. fire

Some ranchers are criticizing the fire-fighting response to a blaze that burned 66,000 acres in eastern Oregon. More

Spokesperson helps ranchers tell their story

Livestock organizations should have someone working to maintain a media presence and convey agriculture's message, says Jamie Henneman, who represents several Eastern Washington associations. Environmental and agenda-driven groups take advantage of the absence of information coming from... More

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