Labor secretary to seek resolution of port dispute
Labor secretary to seek resolution of port dispute
Secretary Tom Perez will get involved because of concerns about the economic consequences of the delays. Already, the dispute has cost importers and exporters billions of dollars.

Featured Stories

Washington House panel probes need for processors’ tax breaks
Washington House panel probes need for processors’ tax breaks
Senate agriculture committee recommended budget writers include tax breaks for food processors in 2015-17 budget.
Plant geneticist educates Idaho lawmakers about GMO crops
Plant geneticist educates Idaho lawmakers about GMO crops
An expert on plant genetics explained to Idaho lawmakers what genetically modified organisms are Feb. 12 in a presentation designed to educate legislators about the sometimes controversial issue.
Officials move ‘habituated’ wolf to sanctuary
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has moved a female wolf from the Ruby Creek pack to a wolf sanctuary in Tenino, Wash., after the animal became habituated in Ione, Wash.
Wolf sanctuary director: Help ranchers adjust
Wolf Haven International director Diane Gallegos offers advice to farmers on how to address wolf conflicts. Most ranchers are already taking the proper management steps, she says.
Research unlocks clues about powdery mildew in wine grapes
Research unlocks clues about powdery mildew in wine grapes
University of California-Davis researchers have mapped the genome of the pathogen that causes grape powdery mildew, one of the most destructive ailments to affect wine grapes. Their work could help growers become more efficient in applying treatments and...
Group seeks to boost donations of farm goods to food banks
Group seeks to boost donations of farm goods to food banks
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is teaming with the California Association of Food Banks to encourage donations of at least 200 million pounds of fresh farm goods to local food banks in 2015.
Conservation groups’ suit targets predator control
Conservation groups’ suit targets predator control
USDA Wildlife Services has routinely conducted lethal predator controls without the required reviews, according to a federal lawsuit filed by five conservation organizations.
USDA approves GM apples developed in Canada
USDA approves GM apples developed in Canada
The USDA has deregulated two genetically modified apples, saying they are unlikely to pose any risk, but the Canadian company developing them may have a hard time finding growers.
Oregon governor announces resignation
Oregon governor announces resignation
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has been snared in a scandal for months amid allegations of ethical transgressions.
Second-half slowdown curbs 2014 dairy exports
Second-half slowdown curbs 2014 dairy exports
U.S. dairy exports were up 6 percent year over year in 2014 with a significant slump in the second half of the year tempering aggressive buying in the first half of the year.

State

Avian flu detected in Deschutes County flock
Highly pathogenic avian flu has been found in a Deschutes County, Ore., flock.
WSU wine science center takes shape
Washington State University expects to have a grand opening for its new Wine Science Center in Richland in June. It's billed as one of the top wine...
New committee defends sheep research station
Washington House panel probes need for processors’ tax breaks
Plant geneticist educates Idaho lawmakers about GMO crops

Nation/World

Labor secretary to seek resolution of port dispute
Secretary Tom Perez will get involved because of concerns about the economic consequences of the delays. Already, the dispute has cost importers and...
Washington House panel probes need for processors’ tax breaks
Senate agriculture committee recommended budget writers include tax breaks for food processors in 2015-17 budget.
Conservation groups’ suit targets predator control
U.S. appeals to Japanese business to help push for trade pact
Smucker posts mixed 3Q results as coffee demand weakens

Ag Sectors

WSU wine science center takes shape
Washington State University expects to have a grand opening for its new Wine Science Center in Richland in June. It's billed as one of the top wine...
New committee defends sheep research station
The University of Idaho and sheep industry stakeholders have formed a committee to prepare a document for Congress outlining why the USDA...
Plant geneticist educates Idaho lawmakers about GMO crops
Officials move ‘habituated’ wolf to sanctuary
Wolf sanctuary director: Help ranchers adjust

Opinion

The GMO label fight misses bigger issues
There's more to the GMO label debate than the public knows.
Food safety authority should rest with one agency
Merging the federal government's food safety functions into one agency makes sense in the long run.
Port disaster must not be repeated
Thoughts about choice and GMOs
Ranchers need to get used to wolves

Special Sections

Energy Trust lends a hand with irrigation efficiency
A variable frequency drive for pumps helps an Oregon irrigation district save money, water.
District ‘drives’ to improve water uniformity, efficiency
Benton Conservation District in Washington state shares the cost of a variable speed drive for a farm's irrigation system, saving water and reducing...
Effort returns year-round flow to Idaho creek
Grants help farmers fend off junipers
Conservation district saves money with new building