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Nurseries should prepare for next recession, economist says

Charlie Hall, a horticulture economist at Texas A&M University, advises nurseries to prepare for the next recession. More

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Drought returns to Washington’s westside

The U.S. Drought Monitor has classified all or parts of five counties in Western Washington as being in a "moderate drought," the first time any... More


Idaho seeks growers’ input on pollinator plan

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is soliciting input from agricultural organizations and other interest groups to help draft a statewide... More


East Idaho farmers help protect neighbors from wildfire

Farmers and ranchers in the Idaho Falls area have played a crucial role in helping fire crews protect property from the large Henry's Creek fire in... More

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Ag Pavilion educates thousands of fairgoers each year about Idaho farming

The Agriculture Pavilion at the Western Idaho Fair teaches thousands of people each year about farming and provides them a better understanding of how farmers and ranchers produce the food they eat. More

Potato truck takes to Hudson River during New York visit

The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck floated past the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline as part of a photo opportunity organized by the Idaho Potato Commission. More

Two men in Nevada standoff case plead guilty in federal court

Gerald “Jerry” DeLemus and Blaine Cooper each admitted to conspiring with others who engaged in a tense gunpoint standoff with federal Bureau of Land Management agents. More

More plaintiffs join suit challenging anti-corporate farming law

They want a judge to declare unconstitutional the nearly century-old law that aims to protect the state’s family farming heritage by barring large corporations from owning agricultural operations. More

WDFW: 4 more wolves in Profanity Peak pack shot

Washington wildlife managers have now shot a total of six wolves in the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County. More

Washington fire sparks suit over federal firefighting powers

An environmental group has sued to invalidate a federal rule that allows fire incident commanders to suspend environmental rules. More

Cloning beef cattle for meat quality sparks debate

A West Texas meat science professor is cloning cattle to attain top USDA beef grading status, but is that what consumers want? More

Christmas tree production down as market stabilizes

Oregon's Christmas tree sales dropped dramatically over the past five years, according to NASS. More

Oregon congressman to Obama: Designate Owyhee monument

Rep. Earl Blumenauer is the only member of Oregon’s congressional delegation to openly ask Obama to create an Owyhee National Monument. More

Ag groups say Coba’s experience, style will be hard to replace

Oregon ag groups praise Coba's work and management style as department director. More

Farmers seek legal fees from GMO ban supporters

Farmers who successfully challenged Josephine County's GMO ban want supporters to pay their legal fees. More

USDA projects 38,000-ton hazelnut crop

Oregon is projected to forecast 38,000 tons of hazelnuts this year, up 22.5 percent from 2015. More

Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise

State and federal experts aremeeting with Connecticut farmers to discuss ways they can better protect public health, animal health and their businesses as they open their farms to the public. More

Immigration a longstanding political problem, experts say

Immigration experts say the problem took root at least 30 years ago, when President Ronald Reagan signed a 1986 immigration law that has become known as the “Reagan Amnesty.” More

APHIS, researchers continue GE wheat probe

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues to analyze the recent discovery of genetically engineered wheat in a fallow field in Washington State. More

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