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DOL says it can’t return all the ‘hot goods’ money
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DOL says it can’t return all the ‘hot goods’ money
The U.S. Department of Labor claims it can't come up with the cash to fully reimburse Oregon farmers for the $220,000 it unlawfully coerced from them.

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Ag-based economies help small Oregon counties thrive
Ag-based economies help small Oregon counties thrive
Agriculture has provided a strong base for economic recovery in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge counties.
Water will flow until October in Treasure Valley
Water will flow until October in Treasure Valley
Irrigation districts in southwestern Idaho won't cease delivering water to farmers until the first part of October, a month later than last year. They also expect to have a decent amount of carryover water left for the 2015 season.
GMOs face the test in Hawaii
GMOs face the test in Hawaii
Syngenta is one of the big five global seed companies doing GMO and pesticide research and development in Hawaii. They are involved in a statewide and national debate over GMO crops.
Engineered moths could reduce pest population
Engineered moths could reduce pest population
Biotech moths may allow farmers to control pests without chemicals.
OSU’s forage straw research to continue
The Oregon Legislature's Emergency Board Wednesday approved $100,000 for Oregon State University's forage straw research
Lawsuit could impact Idaho agriculture
A pending lawsuit targeting Idaho Wildlife Services could impact Idaho agriculture since 88 percent of the agency's funding is used to protect agriculture, especially livestocck producers, from predators.
Growers await methyl bromide alternative
Agricultural industry leaders are happy to see the development of fluensulfone, a non-fumigant alternative to methyl bromide approved for controlling nematodes. But it could be awhile before the product is used in the fields, they say.
Impact of labeling law on farmers debated
Impact of labeling law on farmers debated
Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms say an Oregon ballot initiative would create legal risks for growers.
Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire
Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire
Wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church in Weed, Calif. At times, the fire moved so fast that residents had only a few minutes to get out of the way.
Group levels abuse allegations against New Mexico dairy
The dairy said in a statement to The Associated Press that animal care and well-being are central to its operation. As a result, the dairy fired all employees and referred the abusive workers to law enforcement for further review following its own...

Livestock

Russian cattle producers tour Idaho
Idaho Agriculture Department hosted Russianbeef cattle producers in hopes of building relationships that will lead to cattle and semen sales in the...
Lawsuit could impact Idaho agriculture
A pending lawsuit targeting Idaho Wildlife Services could impact Idaho agriculture since 88 percent of the agency's funding is used to protect...
New wolf pack moves into Washington state
More than 100 cattle dead after truck crash
Feed barley glut affects hay prices

Dairy

Group levels abuse allegations against New Mexico dairy
The dairy said in a statement to The Associated Press that animal care and well-being are central to its operation. As a result, the dairy fired all...
Butter tops $3 a pound; cheese sky high as well
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
Feed barley glut affects hay prices
Idaho Dairy Council awards $71,000-plus to schools
High prices slow U.S. dairy exports

Energy

Biomass firms sue feds for $22 million
Biomass energy facilities in California have filed a lawsuit that claims the U.S. Treasury owes them about $22 million.
Iowa college hopes to use grass to power campus
Miscanthus, a tropical tallgrass native to east Asia, is being grown and tested as a fuel source for the University of Iowa's power plant.

FFA

UI showcases ag opportunities for high school students
High school students will attend Ag Days at the University of Idaho to learn more about educational and career opportunities.
FFA students staff seed trailer at fair
FFA students from Shelley, Idaho, have manned an educational trailer at the Eastern Idaho State Fair aimed at teaching the public about agriculture.

Horses

Third Washington horse diagnosed with West Nile
A horse in Yakima County, Wash., has been diagnosed with West Nile virus. It's the third equine case of the virus in the state this summer.
Feed barley glut affects hay prices
Eastern Idaho growers say the quality of their third alfalfa cutting is strong, but yield and price of premium hay are both down.
Washington reports second horse infected with West Nile virus

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

DOL says it can’t return all the ‘hot goods’ money
The U.S. Department of Labor claims it can't come up with the cash to fully reimburse Oregon farmers for the $220,000 it unlawfully coerced from...
Steam being used to kill deadly citrus bacteria
The steam heat kills the bacteria, and while it doesn’t cure the tree entirely of the disease, it does extend the tree’s lifespan,...
Ag-based economies help small Oregon counties thrive
Growers await methyl bromide alternative
Washington apple harvest in full swing

Organic

Impact of labeling law on farmers debated
Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms say an Oregon ballot initiative would create legal risks for...
USDA steps up local, organic ag reporting
The USDA is working to expand its reporting on local and organic crops.
Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force
Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force
Oregon GMO labeling fight hinges on urban vote

Outdoors

Research Center

Researchers find Septoria resistance to some fungicides
New alternatives will help Willamette Valley farmers overcome Septoria resistance to some fungicides, researchers say.
Steam being used to kill deadly citrus bacteria
The steam heat kills the bacteria, and while it doesn’t cure the tree entirely of the disease, it does extend the tree’s lifespan,...
GMOs face the test in Hawaii
Engineered moths could reduce pest population
OSU’s forage straw research to continue

Rural Life

Capital Press calendar of events
A calendar of events that are of interest to Capital Press readers.
Idaho farm groups fund road safety PSA
Last year was one of the deadliest in recent memory in Idaho for fatal crashes involving automobiles and farm equipment and two farm bureau groups...
Corn mazes growing more elaborate
Pro rodeo leaders listed
Entries open for ag photo contest

Timber

Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire
Wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church in Weed, Calif. At times, the fire moved so fast that residents had...
Oregon governor OKs aid to fight new wildfire
The governor’s order authorizes the state fire marshal to send structural firefighters and equipment to assist local departments.
Wildfires burned 567 square miles in Washington
Environmentalists try to block timber salvage
Counties receive payments for ESA limits

Water

Water will flow until October in Treasure Valley
Irrigation districts in southwestern Idaho won't cease delivering water to farmers until the first part of October, a month later than last year.
Galloway project could help Idaho farmers
Public comment during a Sept. 11 meeting on the proposed Galloway Dam project was decidedly against it, but farmers say it would greatly aid growers...
NASS defends bullish Calif. crop estimates
Gov. Brown signs Calif. groundwater bills
Tribe protests plans to raise dam