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Washington asparagus industry eyes a comeback
Washington asparagus industry eyes a comeback
Washington asparagus may be at a turning point after 24 years of decline. Yields should improve with high-density planting but finding enough pickers is a problem.

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Diet Pepsi switches sweeteners
The reformulated Diet Pepsi drinks will start hitting shelves in August.
McCain Foods closure costs 120 jobs in Wisconsin
Products will be manufactured in other McCain facilities.
Pair of Mexican gray wolves released in Arizona
At least 109 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.
EU approves more GM food as controversy simmers
The EU’s executive commission said Friday that it has approved 10 GM foods and two types of GM flowers.
Obama’s trade agenda draws GOP support in House
Democrats said the legislation didn’t go far enough to assure labor standards and environmental protections strong enough to avoid placing American companies at a disadvantage.
Small herd of buffalo on the loose after escaping N.Y. farm
Police are trying to corral the animals and keep them off local roads.
Boy dies when pallet of grain falls during farm accident
The boy was riding in a towed wagon hauling grain when the load shifted after a hitch failed.
USDA announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
Officials say they are targeting excessive use of fertilizer and methane emissions from livestock.
FDA hunts for cause of listeria outbreaks
Officials say the outbreaks are unusual because listeria is rarely found in ice cream. The pathogen can’t grow at freezing temperatures.
Caterpillar’s First Quarter earnings jump 20 percent
The company also saw a nearly 6 percent drop in operating costs, to $11.18 billion.

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Q&A: What is listeria?
A look at the bacteria that has caused the recall of all Blue Bell ice cream products.
Environmentalists contest wider use of herbicide
Dow AgroSciences, which manufactures Enlist, has said that the new version has been engineered to solve potential problems such as drift.
Sheriff: 5 haystack fires near Quincy, Wash., were set
Cities: California water reduction order unrealistic, unfair
Consumers buying more organic products, new data show

Business

Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
What could McDonald’s do to fix its business?
Suggestions for how the nation's largest restaurant chain could revitalize its business.
Diet Pepsi switches sweeteners
McCain Foods closure costs 120 jobs in Wisconsin
Caterpillar’s First Quarter earnings jump 20 percent

Markets

Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
Portland daily grain report
Portland daily grain report
California shell egg report

Nation

27 cases of botulism investigated in Ohio
Officials are testing 21 homemade and store-bought food samples, including canned pickles, potato salad and coleslaw
Pair of Mexican gray wolves released in Arizona
At least 109 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.
EU approves more GM food as controversy simmers
Obama’s trade agenda draws GOP support in House
Small herd of buffalo on the loose after escaping N.Y. farm

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Washington asparagus industry eyes a comeback
Washington asparagus may be at a turning point after 24 years of decline. Yields should improve with high-density planting but finding enough pickers...
Rancher markets ag sustainability
Lazy R Ranch marketing opportunities organizer Beth Robinette, of Cheney, Wash., supports her family's holistic approach.
Analyst: Cow/calf producers in for another good year
East Idaho grower tries new canola production method
Study: Oregon farmland value increased despite development restrictions