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Illinois lawmakers propose biotechnology tax credits
State Sen. Chapin Rose said there’s potential for Decatur, Ill., to be at the center of a new $20 billion biotechnology industry.

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Wheat prices to remain low, economist predicts
Wheat prices to remain low, economist predicts
Record global wheat production and “huge” world stocks that are growing faster than demand will continue to depress commodity prices, Washington State University economist Randy Fortenbery says.
Idaho Power offers incentives for energy efficiency
Idaho Power offers incentives for energy efficiency
Idaho Power paid nearly $2 million in irrigation efficiency incentives in 2016.
Idaho potato industry makes progress against diseases
Idaho potato industry makes progress against diseases
The Idaho Crop Improvement Association has zero tolerance for ring rot, rejecting any seed lots in which the disease is found.
Water quality affects pesticide performance
Water quality affects pesticide performance
Water acidity, minerals and suspended solids can all have a negative effect on the efficacy of pesticides.
New Northwest spuds offer strong disease resistance
New Northwest spuds offer strong disease resistance
Two potatoes that will be released by the Tri-State Potato Breeding Program in the Northwest should help growers cope with losses of effective fumigants, due to their strong resistance to diseases.
Chef: Taste can play key role in potato marketing
Chef: Taste can play key role in potato marketing
Chef and Oregon Potato Commission public member Leif Benson continues his quest to explore and capitalize on taste to build markets.
Colorado agriculture office shares pot know-how
Colorado agriculture office shares pot know-how
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is also working on the world’s first government-produced manual on how to grow marijuana.
Workshop to help farmers deal with soil acidity
Growers will learn several management techniques during a soil health workshop Feb. 16 in Spokane Valley and Feb. 17 in Walla Walla, Wash.

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