An Oregon mink farm is under quarantine after officials confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 on Nov. 27.
Oregon farms and ranches are grappling with a temporary rule adopted by the state Occupational Health and Safety Administration to curb workplace outbreaks of COVID-19, which includes writing …
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she's only getting busier as infections — and hospi…
Wildfire smoke is a growing concern for winegrape growers and winemakers along the West Coast. Science has already shown that compounds in smoke can be absorbed by grapes and released into fin…
The team gathers data from NRCS snow telemetry sites, known as SNOTEL sites, and other sources. Its Water Supply Outlook Reports are important to irrigators and other water users.
The Idaho Water Resource Board this winter will modify part of its annual effort to put Snake River surface water back into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
Shewmaker retired this summer but will continue to work with the University of Idaho in emeritus status.
The Oregon Office of Rural Health this month awarded Orion Falvey, 30, CEO and co-founder of Orchid Health, the 2020 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year Award.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday called John Kerry's selection as climate envoy in a Biden administration a "tremendous thing for the country."
With COVID-19 infection rates rising rapidly in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday that at least 21 counties will stay in a modified version of the two-week "freeze" through most of December.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an effort from Oregon restaurants to stop the most recent COVID-19-related restrictions imposed by Gov. Kate Brown.
Washington State University has posted its 2021 winter variety trial field maps, said Clark Neely, head of the cereal variety testing program.
The number of irrigators cited for violations by Oregon water regulators for failing to stop water withdrawals has surged this year in the Klamath Basin.
Although the governor’s recent order allows tasting rooms to remain open for deliveries, takeout options and curbside service, wine industry leaders say the ban on in-person tastings is a crus…
The Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to tighten safeguards against pests that attack grapevines, though the rules largely will depend on vineyards and nurseries policing themselves.
Oregon water regulators may introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would impose new requirements on well drillers to protect groundwater supplies.
A two-year freeze of the minimum wage for agricultural guestworkers and upcoming changes to H-2A rules could have a short shelf life in a Biden administration.
Elected leaders from Eastern Oregon counties who signed a letter asking Gov. Kate Brown for changes to her approach to COVID-19 shutdowns say the letter was not in direct response to the curre…
Fresh-potato shipments and prices remained mixed as COVID-19 impacts continued at the start of the holiday season, which traditionally drives higher demand.
An attorney for two Western Washington farmers Monday asked an appeals court in Tacoma to rule that they were illegally ousted as conservation district supervisors by the Washington State Cons…
In an area where predators are far from uncommon, what’s the best defense? Dogs, says one couple, who recently acquired two Kangal shepherd puppies to replace their aging rottweilers.
A Washington task force has agreed on six recommendations to fill more farm jobs with U.S. workers and to oversee the treatment of foreign seasonal workers.
The 2020 state Legislature authorized the adjudication for Idaho’s part of the basin, which also reaches into Utah and Wyoming.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials have restricted overnight activities, though there are plenty of exceptions. They're calling it a limited stay-at-home order designed to s…
Members of Rogue Wolf Pack have killed 16 cattle this year in the Fort Klamath area of Southern Oregon, including one earlier this month.
Washington ranchers in wolf country may be called upon to adopt "enhanced" methods for guarding cattle, or else Fish and Wildlife won't consider killing wolves to stop chronic depredations.
The Trump administration announced plans Thursday that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and dri…
Oregon is doing better than once feared in digging out of the economic crater caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but more pain is likely before fitful gains, state lawmakers were told Wednesday.
The snow, nearly 2 feet deep, hid the reality only until Wes Morgan lowered the snowplow blade.
Scott Dilley, labor policy analyst for the Washington State Dairy Federation, says seminary prepared him to be a farm lobbyist.
The Idaho-Eastern Oregon Seed Association plans to hold its annual conference and school remotely Dec. 1-2 due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension Service are once again partnering to distribute free KN95 masks for farmers, ranchers, food processors and fishers am…
Americans are consuming four times as much fresh spinach now as they were four decades ago, and the change was propelled by technology.
Three projects aimed at replacing open irrigation canals with pipelines to eliminate seepage have won $4.8 million in grants from Oregon water regulators.
California nut growers and processors worked with detectives to crack a recent case of cargo theft, which officials say is a remarkable success story of how stopping crime sometimes takes a community.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse tweeted Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.
ENTERPRISE — Wallowa Resources is heading up a project to eradicate invasive grasses from the county with a $105,488 grant it received earlier this year from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
Agricultural products exported from Washington rose in late summer, joining some other sectors of the economy in surpassing expectations and improving the fiscal outlook for state government.
USDA Wildlife Services removed fewer wolves in Idaho between July and September than the same period a year ago.
Researchers at the University of California-Davis are developing varieties of wheat with more dietary fiber in an effort to reduce health concerns such as colon cancer and heart disease.
Winery owners say the order blindsided them, flicking suddenly like a light switch. And the timing, many say, could not be worse.
Small commercial trials of robotic apple picking continued into their second season in Washington orchards this fall with the hope of larger efforts next year.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of Les Schwab Tire Centers employees in Oregon will receive $2,500 checks this month as part of a settlement over a lawsuit that said the chain hadn’t given wor…
The mix is made up such cultivars as forage tall fescues, clovers, chickaree, plantain, brassicas and turnips.
Shipping prices are up significantly from a year ago as truck availability tightens, eroding food producers’ profits.
At stake are the terms of permits issued to concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Environmental groups allege the terms are too weak to prevent nitrates from contaminating groundwater.
Plans to remove four hydroelectric dams along the lower Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California are back on track, with possible demolition happening by 2023.
MORO — Sherman County is turning to tiny, shiny, sun-powered trailers to fill gaps in high-speed internet coverage in Oregon’s windswept wheat country.
Central Oregon’s first big winter storm left the mountaintops covered in snow and Bend soaked with rain. The storm was also a welcome sight for the area’s agricultural community, which is suff…
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended its deadline for victims of the 2020 Oregon wildfires to apply for federal disaster assistance.
Farmers in the Odessa Subarea hope to make their case directly to the Biden administration for more federal funding to bring Columbia River water to farmland.
Farmers in the Odessa Subarea are seeking USDA funding to help pay for building delivery systems for water from the Columbia River.
A temporary restraining order against a Central Oregon irrigation pipeline isn’t justified because a lawsuit against the project probably won’t succeed, according to a federal judge.
Large trees, defined as 21 inches in diameter or bigger, make up just 3% of national forests in central and eastern Oregon, yet they store a disproportionately massive 42% of above-ground carb…
A nonprofit environmental group is calling for an investigation into COVID-19 infections and potential transmission between humans and animals at about a dozen permitted Oregon mink farms, fol…