Contaminated compost causes organic rift
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Contaminated compost causes organic rift

A rift has developed among environmental and organic groups in a lawsuit over compost contaminated with pesticides used in organic farming.

Several environmental organizations are asking a federal judge to overturn the USDA’s policy of...

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Fruit packing wastewater permit updated

UNION GAP, Wash. — A general wastewater permit for the fresh fruit packing industry is being updated for 191 facilities across Washington by the state Department of Ecology.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES,...

Egg prices plunge as supplies rebound
Egg prices plunge as supplies rebound

FRESNO, Calif. — Commercial egg prices in California are plummeting, and a slow global economy combined with a rebounding chicken flock after last year’s devastating avian flu outbreak are among the contributing factors.

As of...

Labor contractor held liable for $7.7 million

A labor contractor owes nearly $7.7 million to foreign guestworkers for committing “malicious” labor law violations, but the federal government faces new challenges in collecting the money.

Senior U.S. District Judge Edward Shea in...

Idaho lumber mill closing; workers’ future uncertain

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — Workers at an Idaho lumber mill have been notified by letter that the mill has been purchased and will be shut down and dismantled.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the letter from Blue North Forest Products...

Kansan who went with kids to Oregon standoff arrested

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who took her children to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year says authorities have removed seven of her children from her home and arrested her for...

Hog injures 2 people at Massachusetts farm

TOWNSEND, Mass. (AP) — A pig attacked and seriously injured a man less than two hours after the same animal attacked a woman at a Massachusetts farm.

Townsend Police Chief Robert M. Eaton Jr. said his department was investigating...

Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon
Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon

ONTARIO, Ore. — Part of the 80-year-old Malheur Siphon, which carries irrigation water to thousands of acres in Malheur County, is starting to fail.

As a result, the Owyhee Irrigation District has hired an engineering firm to assess the...

PGG members vote to dissolve co-op
PGG members vote to dissolve co-op

PENDLETON, Ore. — Pendleton Grain Growers, the longtime farmers’ co-op that formed out of the Great Depression, is finished. Members present at a special meeting Monday voted overwhelmingly to dissolve PGG, authorizing the board of...

Chilean fruit company expands its U.S. footprint
Chilean fruit company expands its U.S. footprint

A large Chilean fruit company is expanding its U.S. footprint with the purchase of property in Oregon and a merger with a California-based berry producer.

Hortifrut of Santiago, Chile, which last year sold roughly $350 million in berries...

Lesson plans teach elementary-school students about almonds
Lesson plans teach elementary-school students about almonds

MODESTO, Calif. — A growers’ group has put together a lesson plan for elementary-school teachers to enlighten youngsters about almonds.

The Almond Board of California’s new video and activity book follow similar lessons the...

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Idaho sheep video gets 262,000 YouTube views

WILDER, Idaho — A 23-minute video about Idaho sheep has generated a lot of attention on YouTube and nobody is quite sure why.

The...

What’s Upstream finally makes impression on Washington lawmakers

A campaign funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to sway Washington legislators apparently went unnoticed during the 2016 session, but...

Fruit packing wastewater permit updated
Egg prices plunge as supplies rebound
Labor contractor held liable for $7.7 million

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Contaminated compost causes organic rift

A rift has developed among environmental and organic groups in a lawsuit over compost contaminated with pesticides used in organic...

Shepherd’s Grain brings farmers, customers together

Capital Press

REARDAN, Wash. — The best way for consumers to understand where their food comes from is by talking with the farmer who...

Egg prices plunge as supplies rebound
Labor contractor held liable for $7.7 million
Portland daily grain report

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Contaminated compost causes organic rift

A rift has developed among environmental and organic groups in a lawsuit over compost contaminated with pesticides used in organic...

Idaho sheep video gets 262,000 YouTube views

WILDER, Idaho — A 23-minute video about Idaho sheep has generated a lot of attention on YouTube and nobody is quite sure why.

The...

What’s Upstream finally makes impression on Washington lawmakers
Fruit packing wastewater permit updated
Idaho lumber mill closing; workers’ future uncertain

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Congress, not president, must fix immigration laws

Earlier this month the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging President Obama’s executive actions regarding illegal...

BLM Resource Management Plan fails Western Oregon

It would be nice if groups could sit at the table with the Bureau of Land Management and hammer out differences over future management of Western...

What’s Upstream educates public
W. Oregon plan attacked from all sides
EPA funds water quality campaign to mislead public

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Hazelnut grower finds satisfaction in service

Giving back is important to longtime hazelnut grower Wayne Chambers, who has presided over his 145-acre orchard for the last 50 years with his...

Cider making comes naturally to orchardist

SALEM, Ore. — Kevin Zielinski didn’t set out to be a cidermaker.

“I was already a full-time farmer,” he says.

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