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H5N1 bird flu found in Washington; little human health risk since
A wild duck tested positive for a highly pathogenic bird flu virus that combines Eurasion and North American strains.

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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.
Farmed Smart certification offers regulatory ‘safe harbor,’ leader says
Farmed Smart certification offers regulatory ‘safe harbor,’ leader says
The Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association is seeking farmers to serve as pilots for its new certification program, Farmed Smart. The certification would provide a "safe harbor" from regulatory agencies that support the program, says executive...
Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise
Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise
Levels of zebra chip, a crop disease in potatoes spread by potato psyllids and caused by the Liberibacter bacterium, were down signficiantly in the Pacific Northwest.
$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research
$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research
Gov. Butch Otter has asked the Idaho Legislature to provide an additional $1.53 million in ongoing funding for University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The money would be used to support 21.5 new or existing positions designed to...
Idaho has 1,000 wolves, including 22 breeding pairs
Idaho has 1,000 wolves, including 22 breeding pairs
The number of wolves in Idaho increased steadily since their reintroduction in 1995 and peaked in 2009 just before hunting and trapping began.
Potato growers adjust to changing conditions
Idaho potato growers see evidence that spuds may be sensitive to climate change.
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.
Potato virus Y incidences on the rise
Potato virus Y incidences on the rise
Potato virus Y rates are up in Idaho's recent winter grow-out results.
Rule would allow free movement of hops material among Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Rule would allow free movement of hops material among Idaho, Oregon, Washington
The Idaho Legislature is being asked to approve a temporary rule that would allow the free movement of hops material among Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It would also require a negative disease test for hops green matter coming to Idaho from states...
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.