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Business is slow at snail farm
Business is slow at snail farm

EUREKA, Calif. — Business is slow for entrepreneur Charity Anais West, but she isn’t surprised.

She owns and operates EscarGrow Farms, one of the only snail farms in the nation.

“I grew up in Atascadero (San Luis...

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Hard cider makes an easy connection between urban and rural
Hard cider makes an easy connection between urban and rural

ODELL, Ore. — About 3,200 people packed the Hard-Pressed Cider Fest here April 16, which itself isn’t that unusual. In terms of consumer tastes and response, hard cider is following in the successful Pacific Northwest footsteps of...

Dryland wheat off to a good start in Eastern Idaho
Dryland wheat off to a good start in Eastern Idaho

Soil moisture was ideal when Kendall Jones planted his dryland wheat last fall, and the Raft River, Idaho, farmer believes spring showers have further helped the crop progress.

“My dad was saying, ‘We’ve been farming there...

Industrial hemp gaining traction as a crop
Industrial hemp gaining traction as a crop

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Two years ago, Rick Trojan and his team at Colorado Cultivars found a wild hemp plant growing on the side of the road. It looked kind of like a Christmas tree, he said. They brought it into their greenhouse and began doing...

Onion shippers take on more marketing efforts
Onion shippers take on more marketing efforts

ONTARIO, Ore. — When the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee cut its checkoff assessment in half last year, it slashed the budget for its promotion committee, from $635,000 a year to $250,000.

The region’s onion industry is still...

Expert predicts severe stripe rust across PNW

Stripe rust this year will be seen in most Pacific Northwest wheat-producing areas, a USDA expert predicts.

The fungus is to be expected in Western Oregon and Western Washington, said Xianming Chen, research plant geneticist for the USDA...

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