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Big apple states expecting larger crops

Washington and Michigan eye larger fall apple crops and New York’s early forecast comes soon. Industry leaders expect strong prices to continue. More

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CHS Primeland has open house for its $18.5 million fertilizer facility

CHS Primeland holds a grand opening for its $18.5 million new facility in Clarkston, Wash., slated to serve a 100-mile radius. More

 

Meat, poultry industry fuels economic activity

The economic impact of the U.S. meat and poultry industry is far reaching, accounting for 5.4 million jobs nationwide and more than $1 trillion in... More

 

Boise Project Board of Control irrigators will have good water year

Irrigators in Southwestern Idaho and a small part of Eastern Oregon who get their water from the Boise Project Board of Control are looking at a good... More

This Week's Top Headlines

FBI: Utah militia leader planned to bomb BLM cabin

An FBI agent said in charging documents that William Keebler, 57, was planning to retaliate against the federal government that he felt was harassing people and imposing overreaching grazing restrictions on ranchers. More

Mysterious ‘zombie bee’ scourge reaches southern U.S.

Flies attach themselves to the bees and inject their eggs, causing erratic “zombie-like” behavior in the bees. More

Senators reach deal on genetically modified food labeling

The Agriculture Department appeared to endorse the legislation, as well, issuing a statement encouraging members of the House and Senate to move quickly on the deal. More

Any impact of ‘Brexit’ vote on ag likely to be temporary, experts say

A weaker pound could impact Britain's importation of commodities in wake of that nation's vote to leave European Union. More

Washington Ecology to write guide to ‘best’ ag practices

Washington Department of Ecology will develop 'best-management practices' for agriculture, a response to complaints from the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists and tribes. More

Ag’s reaction to Supreme Court’s immigration ruling mixed

Upheld or not, Obama’s order on immigration would have benefitted illegal workers but not alleviated labor shortages, agricultural leaders say. More

Volume of dead trees could make removal difficult, company official says

U.S. Forest Service aerial surveys have identified a record 66 million dead trees in Southern Sierra Nevada forests. The sheer volume of dead and dying trees could make their removal difficult. More

Breeder makes progress on new quinoa varieties

Washington State University's breeder is advancing his quinoa variety development. More

Difficult year for Washington apple exports

A strong dollar, small crop and high prices all contributed to a decline in Washington apple exports over the 2015 sales season that ends this fall. More

Farmers worry who will control escaped genetically engineered bentgrass

Genetically engineered creeping bentgrass escaped from field trials near Malheur and Jefferson counties in 2003. Thirteen years later, some farmers in these areas are concerned that they will soon be left on the hook for controlling it. More

Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie in Supreme Court

The one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama’s presidency. More

Another gray wolf may be roaming N. California

The animal is not a member of the Shasta Pack, the breeding pair and pups spotted in eastern Siskiyou County in 2015. More

Sales figures might prove if marijuana is Oregon’s most valuable crop

Backers have always maintained marijuana is Oregon's most valuable agricultural crop. Sales and tax figures collected this year may settle that question once and for all. More

Drought kills 66 million trees in California’s Sierra

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who oversees the Forest Service, said disaster awaits if more money isn’t invested in managing forests in California and across the country. More

Pesticide residue prohibited in organic compost

Compost with pesticide residues is prohibited in organic production due to a federal judge's ruling that overturned USDA policy. More

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