Drought-plagued California braces for El Nino storms
While the warming of Pacific Ocean waters tends to bring heavy winter rain to California, the state climatologist noted only half the time when there have been big El Ninos has there been meaningful, heavy rains.

Featured Stories

Poison oak the latest hazard for California firefights
At least 190 firefighters have been treated — but many more likely haven’t reported their itchy, oozing symptoms.
Dozens report illnesses after eating at Chipotle restaurant
About 60 customers and 17 employees reported feeling ill after eating at the Ventura, Calif., restaurant.
Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper
The proposed mashup of the Big Mac and Whopper would include elements of each, such as flame-broiled beef patty and a middle bun. The publicity stunt would benefit a nonprofit called Peace One Day.
Drought devastates some of Poland’s crops
Authorities estimate tens of thousands of Polish farms involving at least 2 million acres have lost large portions of their crops.
Iowa State cancels poultry farm classes to avoid bird flu
The importance of the rare chickens to research is that the genetic makeup differs from what’s used in commercial production today.
Official: Oregon hemp industry not what was envisioned
A state official says the current law does not work well to regulate growers, who are growing small plots, sometimes in greenhouses, with the emphasis on producing buds that contain the CBD compounds.
Eastern Idaho reports strong quinoa yields
Eastern Idaho reports strong quinoa yields
A businessman experimenting with quinoa in 14 Eastern Idaho fields says yields and quality have exceeded expectations this season.
Fall rangeland forum set for Oct. 22
University of Idaho's Rangeland Fall Forum will focus on wildfires, beginning with panel discussions on Oct. 22 in Jerome, followed by a field tour of the Three Creek area on Oct. 23.
In Washington, West Nile virus makes a comeback
In Washington, West Nile virus makes a comeback
Washington state is seeing its worst summer for West Nile virus since 2009. The state veterinarian urges horse owners to vaccinate their animals.
Cash dairy prices cool after big advance
Cash dairy prices cool after big advance
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.

State

Drought-plagued California braces for El Nino storms
While the warming of Pacific Ocean waters tends to bring heavy winter rain to California, the state climatologist noted only half the time when there...
Port of Longview exports down 19 percent
While soy meal and corn exports improved, wheat and soybean shipments nosedived and barley exports disappeared.
Residents told to be ready to flee wildfire near Riggins, Idaho
Poison oak the latest hazard for California firefights
Official: Oregon hemp industry not what was envisioned

Nation/World

Port of Longview exports down 19 percent
While soy meal and corn exports improved, wheat and soybean shipments nosedived and barley exports disappeared.
Monsanto abandons takeover bid for Swiss rival Syngenta
Monsanto says the enhanced offer “did not meet Syngenta’s financial expectations.”
Dozens report illnesses after eating at Chipotle restaurant
Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper
Drought devastates some of Poland’s crops

Ag Sectors

Eastern Idaho reports strong quinoa yields
A businessman experimenting with quinoa in 14 Eastern Idaho fields says yields and quality have exceeded expectations this season.
Fall rangeland forum set for Oct. 22
University of Idaho's Rangeland Fall Forum will focus on wildfires, beginning with panel discussions on Oct. 22 in Jerome, followed by a field tour...
In Washington, West Nile virus makes a comeback
Cash dairy prices cool after big advance
Cattle on feed up, slaughter down

Opinion

Congress must pass PORTS bills
Congress needs to make sure we don't have a repeat of last winter's container port debacle every time a contract expires.
Regulators only seek more regulation
Washington's Department of Ecology is in the process of extending its regulatory power over hundreds of dairy and livestock manure lagoons now...
Another reason to preserve our farmland
Spotted owl an environmental fraud
There’s a better response to EPA climate rules than ‘Just say no’

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