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Idaho’s snowpack specialist retires after 29 years

Idaho’s retiring water specialist Ron Abramovich reflects on 29 years of snowpack.

Food poisoning remains persistent problem, US report finds

As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey, ground beef, cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

Idaho, U.S. sign logging and forest restoration agreement

State and federal officials signed an agreement Tuesday that will help protect Idaho’s national forest lands, which they said are at risk of insect infestations and destructive wildfires.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

U.S. rejects request for information on Idaho wolf attacks

The U.S. government says it doesn’t have to release information to an environmental group concerning investigations into livestock deaths in Idaho that can result in wolves being killed for preying …

UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue endorses work requirements for food assistance

Congress is preparing to reconcile two versions of the farm bill, a sweeping piece of legislation renewed every five years that governs an array of agricultural and food assistance programs, …

UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks to allay farmers’ trade concerns

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sought to assure Eastern Washington agriculture and forestry leaders on Monday that American farmers will not bear the brunt of an international trade war. But …

UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap

An Idaho couple has sued the U.S. government, saying their teenage son still suffers headaches after a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed near their home

Federal judge in Spokane dismisses suit seeking to reinstate country-of-origin labels on imported meat

Where’s the beef from? It will remain a mystery. A federal judge in Spokane this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by domestic livestock producers who were attempting to erase a …

U.S. government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Farmers post record crop for soybeans, peanuts, canola, hops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops.

Best-laid plans to give chickens room to run are shelved with USDA organics rule

What consumers may assume about organic egg farming and the reality are two separate things. In early November, the USDA quietly shelved a rule that would have given consumers a …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 7:19 p.m.

WSU not sure if it owns buildings it planned to sell

The Washington State University regents were expected to take action Wednesday on a $15.3 million real estate deal, but their vote was postponed because it wasn’t clear whether WSU actually …

UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

Federal efforts to eradicate Idaho potato pest succeeding

Progress is being made eradicating a microscopic pest that has been threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say.

More hummus, please: US chickpea acres seen climbing to record

The hummus craze is hitting the heartland, with U.S. farmers preparing to sow more chickpeas than ever before.

Feds to complete purchase of Maine blueberries

In the face of industry pressure, the federal government is spending up to $4.4 million to complete a plan to help Maine’s blueberry industry by buying surplus crop.

Comments sought on fighting potato pest in Idaho

Federal officials are taking public comments on possible methods to deal with a microscopic pest that has infested potato fields in southeastern Idaho.

Poplars’ potential: Rathdrum Prairie grove part of study on cellulose-based biofuel

Seventy acres of poplars on the Rathdrum Prairie rustled in a hot, summer breeze, flashing silvery-green leaves. Someday, cars and trucks could be running on fuel made from the trees.

Study: Child rearing costing more in America

Kids these days: more expensive than ever. That’s the word from a new federal study that pins a $241,080 price tag to raising a child born in 2012.

On yellow alert: Wasp totals boom in late summer

Encounters with things that sting are a part of living in the Inland Northwest. The searing pain of a wasp attack can make grown-ups scream, jump about and pull clothes …

WSU researcher trying to get to root of Christmas tree rot

Christmas trees are rotting in the ground across the Pacific Northwest because of a Grinch-like fungal disease that researchers from WSU and other universities will begin trying to combat. Gary …

Feds’ camelina test program falls flat

A federal program to boost camelina crops in Eastern Washington failed to attract any takers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture invited farmers to sign up for a test program that …

Farmers pass on camelina crop test program

A federal program to boost camelina crops in Eastern Washington failed to attract any takers.

Washington gets $80 million for biofuels research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $80 million in grants to consortiums led by Washington state’s two largest universities to research the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest …

Washington farmers sought for camelina fuel crop

Eastern Washington farmers can line up over the next three weeks for a federal program that pays them to grow camelina, a seed crop that some researchers consider a potentially …

Summer meals help bridge nutrition gap

Nutrition is vital to sustain a child’s growth and learning, and for some children school is the only place where they can get a balanced meal. The summer meals program …

Lack of sawmills an issue for forests

Bark beetles have ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres of Colorado’s forests, yet that state has only one large sawmill left to bid on federal timber sales. That’s a problem …

Glitch at Otter’s office leaves farmers lacking aid

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state’s congressional delegation have contacted federal authorities to try to get some $10 million in disaster relief money for northern Idaho farmers possibly lost …

Federal grant bringing Wi-Fi to rural Inland Northwest areas

A $20.4 million grant announced by the federal government will make available fast wireless broadband to more than 68,000 residents in rural Stevens, Spokane and Ferry counties – areas underserved …

Biofuel project in Spokane County wins $90,000 grant

A Spokane County company has been awarded a $90,000 grant to continue developing a process that converts bluegrass straw into biofuels. Farm Power, based in Rockford, will use the U.S. …

Possibly tainted meats sold at Walmart recalled

Roast beef and ham that was distributed to Walmart delicatessens nationwide and sold in sandwiches has been recalled because it might be tainted with potentially harmful bacteria, the U.S. Department …