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UP surcharge raises intermodal freight costs
Union Pacific is applying an overweight surcharge on intermodal containers headed for western ports, increasing freight costs for ag products headed for export markets.

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Washington, Oregon potato farmers eye Southeast Asia
Oregon and Washington agricutural officials will leave this month for a trade mission to Southeast Asia to promote Northwest potatoes.
Idaho second in West for net farm income
Idaho ranked second in the West, behind California, for total net farm income in 2012, and outpaced No. 3 Washington despite trailing that state in gross farm gate receipts by $1.8 billion.
Crisis group addresses Idaho grain losses
A crisis response group convened by Idaho's Speaker of the House is trying to find ways to help growers in Southern Idaho deal with the huge losses in wheat and barley production they suffered this year due to unusually heavy August and September rains.
Conference focuses on small farms
Spokane's small farms conference returns, called Farm-A-Palouse-A, Nov. 1. The annual event doubled its offerings in effort to convey information to small farmers, says Spokane Conservation District outreach specialist Erica VanNatta
Idaho farm income up 18 percent in second quarter
Idaho farm income up 18 percent in second quarter
Personal farm income in Idaho increased 18 pecent during the second quarter of 2014, by far the best performance of any economic sector in the state.
Farm rolls out welcome mat for beneficial insects
Farm rolls out welcome mat for beneficial insects
Clay and Josie Erskine credit the success of their Boise area organic farm to a proliferation of habitat designed to feed and support pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Food barley symposium planned in Portland
A symposium planned for this winter in Portland, Ore., will highlight how U.S. companies can use food barley to make healthy products.
Grain co-ops building shuttle-loading rail facility
Grain co-ops building shuttle-loading rail facility
Five grain co-ops in Eastern Washington are building a shuttle-loading facility to keep railroad rates competitive, says Highline Grain LLC CEO Kevin Whitehall. Construction could begin shortly, and the facility is expected to be operational in the fall...
Milling oats finding niche in East Idaho
Milling oats finding niche in East Idaho
A miller in Bancroft, Idaho, is pushing oats a rotation crop in Eastern Idaho, hoping to source more grain locally to cut back on his imports from Canada.
Value of Idaho cropland up 6.7 percent
Value of Idaho cropland up 6.7 percent
The average value of all cropland in Idaho rose 6.7 percent to $3,040 per acre this year, and the value of irrigated cropland in the state rose 8.5 percent to $4,600 an acre.