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Oregon farmers, vintners worry about heat damage to crops

Farmers and vineyard owners in Oregon are worrying that the extensive heat wave in the state may be doing damage to their crops.


If you buy your birdseed at Costco, the sunflower seeds might be from Spokane County

Sunflowers aren’t Washington’s biggest crop, but they can draw a crowd.


Italian wine harvest begins 10 days early with heat, drought

The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer’s heatwave and drought.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

Idaho dairy group opposes immigration detention contract

A dairymen group in south-central Idaho has sent a letter to Jerome County commissioners in opposition to a pending contract that would lease out space in the county’s new jail …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Canada OKs Idaho company’s genetically engineered potatoes

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

New pulp mill planned for southeast Washington will turn straw into commercial product

A pulp mill planned for southeastern Washington will extract cellulose from wheat and alfalfa straw, turning a waste product into a commodity. Columbia Pulp expects to begin operations in late …


Eastern Oregon wheat farmers seeing improved yields

Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

U.S. Ag Secretary: Current farm visa program ‘unworkable’

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday that he considers the United States’ current farm-visa program to be “unworkable” but the issue probably will not come up in NAFTA talks …


Crunching the cherry numbers: 2017 might be a record harvest

As the cherry harvest goes into its “second peak,” an industry representative said 2017 appears to be on track to be a record year.


Some southern Idaho residents worry about proposed UI dairy

Some Jerome County residents are worried that plans for a big new University of Idaho-operated dairy could befoul the local air.


George Ball: Stephen Hawking is wrong about our ability to survive on planet Earth

Recently, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said we should colonize the moon and Mars as soon as possible. He predicts that, figuratively speaking, Mother Earth runs out of milk by …


Oregon city clashes with company over ‘dead flesh’ smell

Residents in a small Oregon city say the fumes coming from a nearby potato dehydration plant smell like “dead flesh,” have sent one person into an asthma attack and made …


100 years ago in North Idaho: Bomb under bed sends man through roof of store

Joe Blalock was asleep in his small store in Cornwall, Idaho, near Moscow, when an explosion catapulted him all the way through the roof. Blalock was badly injured and was …


Manure pond deaths raise concerns about farmworker safety

BOISE, Idaho – It was still dark the morning Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera began his shift at Sunrise Organic Dairy. It was mid-February 2016. A winter heat wave had melted snow and …


The world of wheat: Growing grain in Washington

The wheels of Bill Myers’ black Jeep flung dust into the air at each bend of the gravel road that winds through his 3,300 acres of hilly farmland northwest of …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Extreme heat broils the Dakotas and Montana; flash drought takes toll on wheat crop

A massive and intense heat dome has spread over the northern Plains and mountain West, sucking moisture out of the soil, and may persist for weeks. The scorching heat and …


Potato acreage down 25 percent since 2005

A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily …


Stink bugs found in Skagit County

A brown marmorated stink bug, an agriculture pest that has devastated crops for a decade on the East Coast, has been captured in Skagit County for the first time.


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 11:16 p.m.

Agriculture pest captured in Skagit County for first time

A brown marmorated stink bug, an agriculture pest that has devastated crops for a decade on the East Coast, has for the first time been captured in Skagit County. The …


U.S., Mexico sign agreement ending trade dispute over sugar

The United States and Mexico signed an agreement Friday to resolve a trade dispute over sugar.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Harsh winter results in reduced Idaho wine grape crop

This year’s Idaho grape crop harvest is expected to be down significantly as a result of a bitter cold winter in the heart of Idaho wine country.


Wheat virus reaching epidemic levels in Nebraska Panhandle

A wheat virus outbreak has reached epidemic levels and has been damaging fields and yields in the southern Nebraska Panhandle, authorities said.


Settlement reached in ‘pink slime’ defamation lawsuit, ABC reports

ABC News has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer that filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on the company’s lean, finely textured …


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies …


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Montana hemp farmer can’t irrigate her crops under federal rules

Montana’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is underway for the first time this year, allowing approved farmers to grow the fibrous plant under oversight from the state Department of Agriculture. However, …


Extreme drought may lead to low wheat crop yield in Montana

An extreme drought in northeastern Montana is causing major problems for wheat farmers in the region.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

U-pick strawberry season underway in Spokane area

Strawberries have a short, sweet season in the Inland Northwest, and people line up to get them while the picking is good.


Perdue meeting on agriculture a prelude to NAFTA renegotiation

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue meets Tuesday with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico for what he called candid talks on “irritants” in the three-way trade relationship that will be a …


Northwest hop acreage estimated to increase by 6 percent

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are on pace to set another record in hop acreage, but reports indicate supply is catching up to demand.


Yakima Valley rains avoided cherry orchards

Rains that fell in the Yakima Valley on Thursday do not appear to have harmed a cherry crop that is just days away from harvest.