Business is slow at snail farm
Business is slow at snail farm

EUREKA, Calif. — Business is slow for entrepreneur Charity Anais West, but she isn’t surprised.

She owns and operates EscarGrow Farms, one of the only snail farms in the nation.

“I grew up in Atascadero (San Luis...

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Cherry expansion faces uphill road
Cherry expansion faces uphill road

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Plans to develop more cherry orchard high in Stemilt Basin near Wenatchee continue to face strong opposition and are straining a community conservation group known as the Stemilt Partnership.

West Mathison, president of...

Portland daily grain report

Portland, Ore., Friday, April 29, 2016

USDA Market News

All Bids in dollars per bushel. Bids are limited and not fully established in early trading.

Bids for grains delivered to Portland, Oregon in dollars per bushel.

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EPA pays $1 million in response costs after mine wastewater spill

DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is reimbursing states, tribes and local governments about $1 million for their costs after the agency accidentally triggered a massive wastewater spill from a Colorado...

Whole Foods executive: No tattoo shops planned for new chain yet

NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won’t be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

The company says its “365” chain will have a minimalist...

Australia’s government blocks massive ranch sale to Chinese

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Citing national interest, the Australian government on Friday blocked a Chinese-led consortium from buying the nation’s largest private land holding, a collection of Outback cattle ranches bigger than South...

High-speed rail board approves revised California plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project approved a revised $64 billion plan Thursday that calls for the train to go from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern...

Arizona Senate advances bill increasing minimum wage

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican-backed legislation that blocks municipalities from setting their own minimum wage and increases it at a rate they say is agreeable to businesses advanced in the Senate on Thursday.

The proposal is the latest...

Conrad Burns, who rose from auctioneer and broadcaster to U.S. senator, dies at 81

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81.

Burns died of natural...

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Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop...

Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product

BOISE — Idaho and Washington grain growers hope to obtain a special-needs exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency allowing them...

Cherry expansion faces uphill road
High-speed rail board approves revised California plan
Conrad Burns, who rose from auctioneer and broadcaster to U.S. senator, dies at 81

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Business is slow at snail farm

EUREKA, Calif. — Business is slow for entrepreneur Charity Anais West, but she isn’t surprised.

She owns and operates...

Portland daily grain report

Portland, Ore., Friday, April 29, 2016

USDA Market News

All Bids in dollars per bushel. Bids are limited and not fully...

Whole Foods executive: No tattoo shops planned for new chain yet
Australia’s government blocks massive ranch sale to Chinese
Arizona Senate advances bill increasing minimum wage

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Grange Co-op and Rogue Co-ops announce 2016 scholarship recipients

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Grange Co-op and Rogue Co-ops have announced their 2016 scholarship recipients, representing several counties in...

Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop...

Cherry expansion faces uphill road
EPA pays $1 million in response costs after mine wastewater spill
Despite drought, California almond acreage rose 6 percent in 2015

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Congress, not president, must fix immigration laws

Earlier this month the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging President Obama’s executive actions regarding illegal...

BLM Resource Management Plan fails Western Oregon

It would be nice if groups could sit at the table with the Bureau of Land Management and hammer out differences over future management of Western...

What’s Upstream educates public
W. Oregon plan attacked from all sides
EPA funds water quality campaign to mislead public

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Hazelnut grower finds satisfaction in service

Giving back is important to longtime hazelnut grower Wayne Chambers, who has presided over his 145-acre orchard for the last 50 years with his...

Cider making comes naturally to orchardist

SALEM, Ore. — Kevin Zielinski didn’t set out to be a cidermaker.

“I was already a full-time farmer,” he says.

New citrus labor association aids employers
Drought, pest concerns bite into avocados
Tiny pest a big worry for citrus growers