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Strawberry production keeps pace despite heat, fewer acres
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Strawberry production keeps pace despite heat, fewer acres
Strawberry production in California is keeping pace with last year even though there are fewer acres and more berries being diverted to processing.

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Heat, drought take toll on Western milk production
Heat, drought take toll on Western milk production
Challenged by heat and drought, milk production in the West is curbing solid production increases in other parts of the country, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Minnesota.
Wine industry gears up for launch of pending AVA
Idaho's wine industry and economic development officials are teaming up to promote the pending Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area when it is approved.
Hop output to increase despite drought
Hop output to increase despite drought
While some hop varieties suffer from heat and drought in Washington's Yakima Valley, the industry anticipates a larger crop because of increased acreage.
Monsanto execs discuss opportunities, challenges
Monsanto execs discuss opportunities, challenges
While opening its research facility to touring jounalists, executives with the biotech giant acknowlledge the company needs to be more transparent about its operations.
California judge says she’ll likely uphold farmer water cuts
At issue are thousands of notices sent this year to farmers, government agencies and corporations with water rights telling them to cease pumping because rivers and streams were too dry.
Early harvest begins for California wine grapes
Early harvest begins for California wine grapes
The harvest of wine grapes has begun in California's Napa Valley. Vintners expect a slightly lighter crop with good quality and flavor.
‘Extreme drought’ hits Washington for first time in a decade
‘Extreme drought’ hits Washington for first time in a decade
Drought worsens in Washington; nearly one-third of state in "extreme drought."
Washington Farm Bureau pans Inslee’s carbon cap directive
Washington Farm Bureau pans Inslee’s carbon cap directive
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directs Department of Ecology to develop carbon cap, drawing rebuke from Washington Farm Bureau.
Salmon habitat protected in E. Idaho conservation easement
The agreement between the Bonneville Power Administration and ranch owner Karl Tyler protects 10 miles of the meandering Lemhi River and half a dozen tributaries.
Public learns about ag research at Twilight Tour
Public learns about ag research at Twilight Tour
The University of Idaho's Aberdeen Research and Extension Center hosted its annual Twilight Tour to introduce the public to the research conducted at the facility.

Livestock

Washington Farm Bureau pans Inslee’s carbon cap directive
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directs Department of Ecology to develop carbon cap, drawing rebuke from Washington Farm Bureau.
Cattle on feed up, marketings lower
Increased cattle on feed numbers are more reflective of feedlots holding cattle longer rather than higher cattle supplies, given decreased marketings...
Former rancher creates rock with names of 105 old cattle brands
Arrests made in mink farm attacks
Egg industry struggles to recover from bird flu

Dairy

Idaho farm personal income drops 18 percent in first quarter
Total personal income in Idaho's farming sector declined 18 percent during the first three months of 2015, an 18 percent drop compared with the final...
Heat, drought take toll on Western milk production
Challenged by heat and drought, milk production in the West is curbing solid production increases in other parts of the country, such as Wisconsin,...
Opportunity knocks for U.S. dairy exports
Cash dairy market signals mixed
United Dairymen of Idaho group hires business developer

Energy

FFA

Young rancher sets her sights high
Miriam Horton of Christmas Valley, Ore., already helps run a ranch operation at age 17. She has bigger plans.

Horses

Washington confirms year’s first case of equine West Nile virus
Washington has confirmed the state's first case this year of equine West Nile virus.

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Strawberry production keeps pace despite heat, fewer acres
Strawberry production in California is keeping pace with last year even though there are fewer acres and more berries being diverted to processing.
Wine industry gears up for launch of pending AVA
Idaho's wine industry and economic development officials are teaming up to promote the pending Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area when it...
Hop output to increase despite drought
Early harvest begins for California wine grapes
Apple, pear harvests off to early, but uncertain, start

Organic

WSU showcases new organic farm site on field day
Organic farmers will get to see Washington State University's organic farm, now completely moved to its larger location, during the annual field day...
Q&A: Outlook for farming is changing
Karla Chambers and her husband, Bill,operate the highly successful Stahlbush Island Farms near Corvallis, Ore. She recently spoke about the direction...

Outdoors

Research Center

Onion field trial seeks optimal thrip-control program
An onion field trial at Oregon State University's Malheur County experiment station is trying to help growers find the optimum mix of insecticides to...
Monsanto execs discuss opportunities, challenges
While opening its research facility to touring jounalists, executives with the biotech giant acknowlledge the company needs to be more transparent...
Public learns about ag research at Twilight Tour
Experts offer pesticide alternatives in SWD fight
E. Oregon camelina trials look more promising during persistent drought

Rural Life

Former rancher creates rock with names of 105 old cattle brands
A sandstone rock in Fairfield, Idaho, that has the logos of 105 cattle brands is catching the attention of the state's ranching industry.
National Agri-Women president driving through Oregon
The drive is intended to raise public awareness of the importance of American agriculture.
Capital Press sweeps newspaper contest awards
Scavenger hunt teaches kids the source of their food
Summer jobs on the farm offer more than a paycheck

Timber

Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in
The goal is to detect fires faster, especially in unpopulated areas where they can burn several hours or even days before anyone reports them.
Oregon Board of Forestry punts on no-logging buffers
The Oregon Board of Foresry will wait to decide whether to expand no-logging buffers around streams.
Oregon county approves tax break for International Paper mill
Judge clears barred owl removal study
Canadian official urges veto of California forest products bill

Water

28 state AGs want WOTUS implementation delayed
Nearly 30 states that filed lawsuits against EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over a new rule defining federal juristdiction under the Clean Water...
California judge says she’ll likely uphold farmer water cuts
At issue are thousands of notices sent this year to farmers, government agencies and corporations with water rights telling them to cease pumping...
‘Extreme drought’ hits Washington for first time in a decade
Salmon habitat protected in E. Idaho conservation easement
S. Dakota attorney general signs letter asking EPA to delay water rule