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Water panel begins process of considering bond projects

The California Water Commission is beginning the lengthy process of deciding which projects will be funded under the water storage portion of the $7.5 billion water bond passed by the state's voters in November. More

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Public support for grazing strong in Idaho

A University of Idaho survey of Idaho residents shows a 90 percent approval rating for livestock grazing on public lands and a high level of trust in... More

 

2 farm reps added to Idaho ag dean search committee

University of Idaho has added two more representatives of the state's agricultural industry to a committee that is advising the university in its... More

 

Oregon’s wine industry packs a surprising economic punch

A new study says Oregon's focus on high-quality wine has paid off in the form of a $3.3 billion economic impact. More

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U.S. milk production up, prices down

U.S. milk production continues to increase, and milk prices continue a downward trend from record highs seen this fall. Analysts don't look for rmarket recovery until mid year but are forecasting continued moderate feed costs. More

Pasteurization expected to shield hazelnut farmers

Pasteurization equipment recently installed at the Hazelnut Growers of Oregon processing facility is expected to shield suppliers from on-farm food safety regulations. More

Raisin ruling may impact crop volume controls

A farmer's legal challenge to USDA's marketing order for raisins will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have an impact on other volume controls for crops. More

Lawmaker: Oregon farm industry vulnerable in 2015 legislature

Speakers at the Dunn Carney law firm's annual Ag Summit provided an outlook for Oregon's upcoming legislative session. More

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Washington lawmakers poised to present $3.5 billion water bond

Washington voters may be asked to approve a statewide per-parcel fee to irrigate crops, control floods, and prevent stormwater pollution. More

PNW pears selling strong as demand rises

A smaller crop and strong domestic sales are helping the PNW pear industry weather the longshoremen's work slow down and the Russian embargo. More

At an Oregon farm, twin lambs say hello to a late sibling

Fern Russell counted again. "There's five lambs here now," she thought to herself. "How can that be?" More

Potato growers adjust to changing conditions

Idaho potato growers see evidence that spuds may be sensitive to climate change. More

Climate debate warms up

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA have concluded 2014 was the warmest year globally since 1880, when the first temperature records were available. More

DOL complicates minimum wage enforcement, attorney says

The U.S. Department of Labor plans to change its enforcement of minimum wage law for piece rate workers, potentially complicating record keeping for farmers. More

Case could impact dairies, livestock operations nationwide

A district court ruling this week applying RCRA regulations to manure for the first time in history has serious implications for livestock producers nationwide. More

Cage law blamed for skyrocketing egg prices in Calif.

Egg prices are skyrocketing in California, as a dozen eggs is expected to cost as much as 90 cents more by next week. The new cage requirements of Proposition 2 is seen as the main driver of the increase. More

High-tech cherry lines to keep growing

The vice president of a leading manufacturer of high-tech cherry packing systems says rapid growth of the systems will continue. More

GM sugar beets save Idaho, Oregon growers millions

Genetically modified sugar beets have resulted in a positive impact of about $22 million to Idaho growers since they began planting them in 2008, according to Snake River Sugar Co. More

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