Many organic groups that once praised USDA deputy administrator Miles McEvoy are now fighting his policies in federal court. Click here for full story.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Assessments will be collected on Christmas trees for the first time after the 2015 harvest to fund a checkoff program to promote the crop. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The spread of a non-stinging Asian wasp has U.S. scientists hopeful that it could control the crop-destroying brown marmorated stink bug. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Washington State University researcher Bill Snyder has received a $2.7 million grant to research which psyllids may be causing zebra chip. Click here for full story.
Monday, October 26, 2015
A group calling itself Toxic Taters, funded by pesticide opponents, is casting potatoes in a negative light. Click here for full story.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Washington, Idaho and California governors support lifting trade restrictions blamed for limiting U.S. food exports to Cuba. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The U.S. International Trade Commission has affirmed conclusions that the dumping of subsidized Mexican sugar hurt the U.S. sugar market. Click here for full Story.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership doesn't include China and isn't likely to push pears and apples into Japan, but it may help Northwest tree fruit exports to Southeast Asia. Click here for full story.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Nine months after it started, a case alleging U.S. apple dumping in Mexico still hangs over the Washington apple industry. Washington hit record shipments there last season but is unlikely to this season. Click here for full story.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Idaho farm industry leaders are happy with University of Idaho's decision to appoint Michael Parrella as the new dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Click here for full story.
A cattle group drops out of Washington's wolf advisory group and calls for its abolition. Another group, the Washington Cattlemen's Association, says the advisory group is finally beginning to make progress. Click here for full story.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Several lawmakers and agricultural organizations from the Northwest are advocating for a bill to extend a deadline for railroads to implement safety upgrades, hoping to avoid freight disruptions. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati put the regulations on hold nationwide until the court decides whether it has jurisdiction to consider lawsuits against them. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monsanto has struggled in recent quarters to deal with slumping corn prices in the U.S., which have reduced demand for its best-selling product: genetically enhanced corn seeds. Click here for full story.
Monday, October 12, 2015
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be made available in the next 30 days. Click here for full Story.
Friday, October 09, 2015
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has hired three experts to study how to keep organic waste from spoiling the state's $2 billion apple industry. Click here for full story.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Biotech developers may have a duty to prevent export disruptions from GMO crops, even if the products are approved by USDA, according to a court ruling. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal still has to be approved by the U.S. Congress, where opposition is widespread. President Obama has to wait 90 days after agreement before signing the pact, and only then will Congress begin to debate it. Click here for full Story.http://www.capitalpress.com/AP_Nation_World/20151005/united-states-11-pacific-rim-countries-reach-trade-deal
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
The USDA is considering requiring permits for growing biotech wheat, which is more rigorous than the current system of notifying the agency of field trials. Click here for full story.
Monday, October 05, 2015
New federal pesticide regs set age limit, boost training requirements. Ag Minute for October 5th, 2015
New pesticide regulations announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Labor will bar many children under 18 from working with pesticides and boost training and reporting requirements. Click here for full story.
Friday, October 02, 2015
The inventory of old crop hops is down in the U.S. from last year and this year's production is likely to be up in the U.S. and down in Europe. Click here for full story.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
An Idaho hydrology expert says conditions are favoring another dry winter in Northern Idaho but the possibility of good moisture in Southern Idaho. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
The 2014 survey of organic farms in the U.S. shows the top 10 states for organic sales -- including California, Washington and Oregon -- account for 78 percent of sales nationwide. Click here for full story.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Interior Secretary Jewell and others have called the public and private land collaboration a new model for conservation. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Good feed supply and lower feed prices will benefit cattle producers in the months ahead, but feed yards will continue to see losses and cow-calf producers and stockers will be dealing with lower prices for cattle. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The Farm Service Agency has extended emergency grazing on CRP lands in Washington from Sept. 30 to Dec. 15 which will help ranchers who lost fall pastures to wildfires. Click here for full story.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Dry bean harvest in Idaho is about two weeks ahead of normal and growers anticipate average to above average yields and quality. Click here for full story.
Whitman County, Wash., farmer given option of paying $100 to settle charge he illegally killed a wolf. Click here for full story.
Friday, September 18, 2015
The vast majority of the 1.6 million acres — nearly 2,600 square miles — that burned in Oregon, Idaho and Washington this year are federally owned, data show, with large swaths of that public land used as rangeland for livestock grazing. Click here for full story.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
http://www.capitalpress.com/Research/20150911/research-opens-door-to-new-types-of-insecticidesA Cornell University professor has demonstrated insecticides that target only specific bugs by turning off specific genes are more durable in the field than previously suspected. Click here for full story.
Monday, September 14, 2015
An early start may mean an early finish of the normally three-month Washington apple harvest. There's a lot of small fruit and some quality issues because of prolonged, excessive heat in June. Click here for full story.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Mexican dry bean industry leaders on a four-day trade visit to Idaho said they were impressed with the quality of bean seed and the measures that are in place to certify it is disease-free. Click here for full story
Precipitation dampened large wildfires in Okanogan County, Wash., a large backburn was avoided and the U.S. Interior Department secretary visited. Locals told her forests need better management. Click here for full story.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
U.S. Climate Prediction Center issues two-week forecast that departs from region's summer long weather pattern. Click here for full story.
Friday, August 28, 2015
"Basically, they had me over a barrel,” a Mesa, Wash., grower said after DOL stopped his apples from being packed. Click here for full story.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Idaho Wine Commission will use an $88,000 grant to help fund a host of marketing, promotional and educational efforts. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The latest estimate of this year's U.S. hop crop is 7 percent greater than a month earlier because the crop is more mature. Demand still exceeds supply. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Washington wholesale apple prices should rise this season due to a smaller U.S. crop, but they still may take time to rebuild. Click here for full story.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Farmers should report fire, drought losses to Farm Service Agency, officials say. Ag Minute Aug. 24, 2015
The USDA Farm Service Agency is starting to hear from growers impacted by wildfires. State outreach coordinator Chris Bieker recommends photo documentation. Click here for full story.http://www.capitalpress.com/Business/20150821/farmers-should-report-fire-drought-losses-to-farm-service-agency-officials-say
Friday, August 21, 2015
A new REIT is looking to buy up $300 million of farm properties in the Northwest and the South. Click here for full story.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Bad wildfire season is quickly burning through federal firefighting budget. Ag Minute for Aug 20, 2015
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said firefighting costs are consuming an ever-greater share of the agency’s budget, taking money away from programs that could help prevent wildfires. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Wildfires that quickly grew out of control around Chelan, Wash., on Aug. 14 destroyed a major apple packing plant, homes and businesses. Click here for full story.http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20150817/wildfire-claims-apple-packing-plant
A large fire in Southwestern Idaho has destroyed tens of thousands of acres of grazing land and is threatening ranches and cows. Click here for full story.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Internal memos by Army Corps of Engineer brass sears EPA's disregard for Corps concerns over the final WOTUS rule and its portrayal that the process represented a joint endeavor. Click here for full story.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Potatoes, blueberries and wine to be part of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's trade trip to Japan and South Korea. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
The Washington apple industry is hoping for better prices in the 2015-2016 sales season off a 2015 crop expected to be 10.5 percent less than last year's crop. Click here for full story.
Monday, August 10, 2015
An environmental lawsuit that challenges USDA's killing of predators to protect livestock has been resurrected after an earlier dismissal. Click here for full story.
Friday, August 07, 2015
A bill aimed at preventing massive disruptions of trade at U.S. ports, like the slow downs at West Coast ports last winter, has been introduced in the House. It's a companion to one introduced in the Senate two months ago. Click here for full story.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
A U.S. District judge on Monday ruled against an Idaho law passed last year to protect farmers and ranchers from activists gaining access to their operations under false pretense to secretly obtain records or make recordings with the intent to cause injury. Click here for full story.http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20150804/farm-groups-disappointed-as-ag-security-act-stuck-down
The state was caught "flat-footed" in drought planning this year and needs to do a better job next year, the director of the state Department of Agriculture says. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
When asked to rate the importance of competing needs when water is scarce, 74 percent said agriculture should be a top or high priority. Click here for full story.
Monday, August 03, 2015
Nearly 30 states that filed lawsuits against EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over a new rule defining federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act are requesting a delay in implementation to allow for judicial review of the challenges. Click here for full story.
Friday, July 31, 2015
While some hop varieties suffer from heat and drought in Washington's Yakima Valley, the industry anticipates a larger crop because of increased acreage. Click here for full story.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The world will need an additional 45 billion pounds of milk by 2020, offering a lot of opportunity for U.S. exporters. Consistency and the ability to withstand downturns will be key factors for success. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
The bill scheduled for a vote Thursday is backed by the food industry, which has fought state labeling efforts around the country. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. Click here for full story.
Friday, July 24, 2015
The West is experiencing low stream flows but the summer dry season is far from over, so drought conditions are expected to become more severe. Click here for full story.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A barred owl removal study doesn't violate environmental laws, a federal judge ruled. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
As retaliatory tariffs loom, Canadian trade officials are urging the U.S. Senate to follow the House of Representatives' lead in voting to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling of meat. Click here for full story.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Rain forecasts have Washington State University wheat breeder Arron Carter cautioning about possible sprout damage. Click here for full story.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he is willing to allow states or other agencies to take the lead when they have programs that are working. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife updates its efforts to prevent wolf attacks on livestock the same day it confirms depredations in northeast corner of the state. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Some ranchers and agricultural leaders remain concerned about a proposal to make Craters of the Moon National Monument a national park. Click here for full story.
Monday, July 13, 2015
A recent vote in a U.S. House subcommittee bodes well for the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho. Click here for full story.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Valley Cooperative and Valley Wide Cooperative are moving forward with details of a merger after their members recently overwhelmingly voted to support it. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Washington State University's dryland research station is considering ways farmers can add winter peas into their crop rotations. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
The Idaho Barley Commission has invited other barley producing states to work closely together on important issues, including research and transportation infrastructure. Click here for full story.
Friday, July 03, 2015
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Businesses using the Columbia River have invested hundreds of millions of dollars since a 2010 project to deepen the 110-mile lower navigation channel from 40 feet to 43 feet, according to a study by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association and the Port of Portland. For full story click here.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Fall potato acres are up in the Northwest and nationwide, according to new numbers from the USDA and United Potato Growers of America. Click here for full story.http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20150630/us-potato-acreage-up-nass-reports
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Winds accelerated a grass fire into the north end of Wenatchee, Wash., late Sunday, June 28, burning more than a dozen homes and several tree fruit industry-related businesses and causing the evacuation of hundreds of residences. Click here for full story.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Five Western Washington counties are in a "severe drought," according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, putting boths sides of the Cascades on course to become federal disaster areas. Click here for full story.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
A Kansas State University veterinary expert advises that ranchers shouldn't expect their veterinarians to automatically approve uses of medically important antibiotics under new federal guidelines that fully take effect Jan. 1, 2017. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
An exotic fruit fly that was first detected in Idaho in 2012 appears to have gained a tentative foothold in the state and researchers are trying to determine how widespread it is. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Leaders in Idaho's agricultural and technology sectors met during a first-ever AgriTech Summit June 16 and discussed ways both sides could benefit from a close partnership between the top two sectors of the state's economy. Click here for full story.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Packers continue to shrink remaining amounts of Washington's huge 2014 apple crop to reduce carryover into the upcoming crop and try to improve wholesale prices. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Hop growers have increased acreage an estimated 16 percent this season in a continuing quest to meet demand of the growing small, craft brewery market. Click here for full story.
Monday, June 15, 2015
President Obama announced $110 million in new drought relief after holding a teleconference with Western governors. The latest round of funding adds to the more than $190 million the federal government has already spent on drought relief this year. Click here for full story.
Friday, June 12, 2015
In a move to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexio, House Republicans have passed a measure to repeal country-of-origin labeling. click here for full story.http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20150611/house-votes-to-repeal-country-of-origin-labeling-on-meat
Thursday, June 11, 2015
An overhaul of computer systems for managing farm programs at USDA's Farm Service Agency is way past due and over budget, an audit found. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
UISDA trade analysts are expecting a $12 billion year-over-year decline in U.S. Ag exports in FY 2015, primarily due to the strong U.S. dollar. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Monday, June 08, 2015
Washington State University researcher Diter Von Wettstein has received further funding for his efforts to create a gluten-free wheat. Click here for full story.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Environmentalists hail the return of gray wolves, but ranchers say the apex predators — and the state's high goals — threaten their way of life. Click here for full story.
A new mobile farmers' market in Boise will bring fresh produce grown in the Treasure Valley directly to people who are least likely to be able to access and afford it. The city of Boise will provide a financial match on food stamp purchases. Click here for full story.http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20150604/mobile-farmers-market-brings-produce-to-boise-neighborhoods
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Olympic Peninsula farmers agree to lease water rights on 840 irrigated acres to increase flows in the Dungeness River for fish. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
The Washington Apple Commission has tripled its reserves for the possibility of food safety scares, loss of federal funding and other emergencies. For full story click here.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
The Justice Department will instead focus on defending the merits of the executive action in an appeal that will be argued the week of July 6 before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Click here for full story.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The fight over EPA's Clean Water Act rule is likely to heat up on the political and legal fronts now that the regulation is final, experts say. Click here for full story.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The rule has also drawn criticism from property rights groups and praise from environmentalists. Click here for full story.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Idaho set another record for total agricultural exports in 2014, despite a slowdown in sales of dairy products, which are the state's top farm export. Click here for full story.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has chosen a new agricuture director from the state Ecology Department. Click here for full story.
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Pacific Northwest cherry growers are just starting to harvest a lighter crop with more defects but are delighted by the prospect of record June volume and good prices. Click here for the full story.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Organic Trade Association has petitioned USDA for a checkoff program for organic after more than 5,000 organic farms and businesses weighed in on the proposal and supported it 2 to 1. Click here for the full story.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Members of an Idaho governor's trade mission to Mexico and Peru said they're hopeful more Idaho farm commodities will be sold in those countries as a result of the trip. For full Story Click here.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Since appearing in West Coast fruit fields and orchards several years ago, the spotted wing drosophila has forced growers to increase their chemical usage. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Friday, May 15, 2015
An analysis by university ag economists contracted by USDA has found that the economic benefits of mandatory country of origin labeling would be insufficient to offset the cost of the requirements. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Grocers are expecting a disruption from online sales in coming years, but experts say the shift will likely profit farmers and food processors. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The USDA study predicts nearly 58,000 job openings annually through 2020 in food, agriculture, natural resources and environmental fields – and not nearly enough college graduates to fill them. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Washington state may escape its fire blight danger zone relatively unscathed, but growers in New York are on the bubble, a tree fruit specialist says. Click here for the full story
Monday, May 11, 2015
Pacific Northwest youths learn life lessons raising animals for the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane. Click here for the full story
Friday, May 08, 2015
In an attempt to attract younger shoppers, Whole Foods is planning to open a new chain of stores geared toward budget-conscious millennials. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Thursday, May 07, 2015
The USDA wants the public to weigh in on its authority to regulate biotech crops, possibly setting the stage for newly proposed genetic engineering rules. Click here for the full story
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
A bill introduced by Oregon, Washington and Utah congressional representatives would turn wolf management over to their states. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
The USDA is making its largest bonus buy of apples and processed apple products in history to help out with an oversupply of apples from the 2014 harvest. Click here for the full story
Monday, May 04, 2015
Bird flu appears to have subsided in the Pacific Northwest, but its most virulent form is ravaging chicken and turkey operations in parts of the Midwest, leading to the deaths of 13 million birds in Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Friday, May 01, 2015
Tyson will also begin looking at ways to reduce antibiotic use in cattle, hogs and turkeys. Click here for the full story
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The U.S. Potato Board hosted a training in Idaho Falls to teach food aid organizations how to use dehydrated potatoes in their programs. Click here for the full story
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The EU’s executive commission said Friday that it has approved 10 GM foods and two types of GM flowers. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer wants to make Idaho a Silicon Valley of agricultural technology. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Monday, April 27, 2015
Democrats said the legislation didn’t go far enough to assure labor standards and environmental protections strong enough to avoid placing American companies at a disadvantage. Click here for the full story
Friday, April 24, 2015
The state document will be considered Thursday for approval by the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Click here for the full story
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Idaho lawmakers have approved a rule that will lift certain import restrictions on domestic elk. The rule was supported by commercial elk breeders but opposed by sportmen's groups. Click here for the full story
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Japan has identified five categories of agricultural products as “sensitive,” given its longstanding protections for politically powerful farm interests. They include beef and pork, wheat and barley, sugar, rice and dairy products. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Idaho lawmakers intend to discuss greater enforcement of the state's dyed fuel laws next year. Click here for the full story
Monday, April 20, 2015
While cattle prices are expected to soften in the last half of the year, average annual prices for feeder and fed cattle in 2015 are expected to be even higher than the record-breaking 2014. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Friday, April 17, 2015
Fatal accidents in agriculture have risen significantly recently in Idaho, prompting concerns by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Click here for the full story
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Organics now make up 5 percent of total food sales in the United States, but much of the growth is also in nonfood items like textiles and personal care items. Click here for the full story
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Litigation over China's rejection of a biotech trait could set an important precedent, experts say. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Monday, April 13, 2015
Nearly 20 rural communities in the Pacific Northwest and California are competing to win $10 million in funding to revitalize their communities. Click here for the full story
Friday, April 10, 2015
A Washington State University researcher wants to explore possible production of the weed prickly lettuce to make rubber. Click here for the full story
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Indiscriminate shooting or trapping of wolves and coyotes is a bad idea, and producers should strive for balance in the rangeland ecosystem, says Temple Grandin, the Colorado State University livestock handling and animal welfare expert. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Western hay growers see challenges ahead for this year's crop. Early spring and water concerns in some areas are making the season hard to predict. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Idaho farmers and Ag industry leaders will soon have a chance to meet the finalists for the dean position at the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Monday, April 06, 2015
USDA expects Idaho farmers will plant more wheat and barley this season, following a disastrous 2014 harvest affected by widespread late-season sprout damage. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Friday, April 03, 2015
Mink pelt prices have plummeted recently, following years of sustained growth, according to Fur Commission USA Executive Director Michael Whelan. Click here for the full story
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Critics say the World Health Organization’s conclusion that glyphosate “probably” causes cancer runs counter to what numerous other studies have found and should be withdrawn. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
During a presentation to lawmakers by United Dairymen of Idaho officials, most of the questions from legislators centered around Fairlife, a new premium milk product being distributed by the Coca-Cola Co. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A new tool developed for the U.S. Potato Board analyzes how the price fluctuations of fresh potato products affect demand. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Monday, March 30, 2015
Congress is apparently waiting for the outcome of the U.S.' appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling against its mandatory meat-labeling rule before crafting a bill to avert potential trade sanctions by Canada and Mexico, which complain the rule creates a competitive disadvantage for their livestock. Click here for the full story
Friday, March 27, 2015
Perennial rice may soon be available to farmers in China and Australia, but researchers are mixed on how long it will take a perennial wheat to make its way to U.S. farmers. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The proposed government-certified label would allow companies that want to advertise their foods as GMO-free to do so, but it would not be mandatory for others. Click here for the full story
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The March 1 inventory of hops is slightly down but acreage is expected to keep growing this year as the craft brewing industry drives demand. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Two Canadian agencies have approved genetically modified apples that were developed in British Columbia. They have also been approved in the U.S. Click here for the full story
Monday, March 23, 2015
The dairy group that authored Idaho’s Agricultural Security Act will not be allowed to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the law. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Friday, March 20, 2015
An Oregon State University scouting program has confirmed onion thrips — tiny, winged insects that spread iris yellow spot virus in onion fields — are reproducing in Western Idaho and Malheur County, Ore., nearly a month early. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Bird flu has struck a third commercial poultry farm in Central California, according to a report posted Wednesday by the World Organization for Animal Health. Click here for the full story
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Dairy analysts warn U.S. dairy suppliers and milk producers against putting too much faith in current futures pricing, which they say is presenting a false "slope of hope." Click here for the full story
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The U.S. Potato Board has approved a proposal to match industry donations to buy salad bars for school cafeterias. Click here for the full story
Monday, March 16, 2015
A government advisory committee relegated the health benefits of lean meat to a footnote in its dietary recommendations. Click here for the full story
Friday, March 13, 2015
Sheep producers are concerned that a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor regarding special provisions for open-range livestock herders through the H-2A visa program could make open-range operations unviable. Click here for the full story
Thursday, March 12, 2015
A new study out of Iowa State University suggests the potential health benefits of J.R. Simplot's genetically engineered Innate potato may outweigh consumer concerns about biotechnology. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The intent is to protect greater sage grouse habitat while contending with fires that have been especially destructive in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. Click here for the full story
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The virus is the same highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza that’s been confirmed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Minnesota. Click here for the full story
Monday, March 09, 2015
The U.S. Potato Board has created a new position to coordinate industry research efforts. Click here for the full story
Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. Click here for the full story
Thursday, March 05, 2015
The Canadian company that developed a genetically modified apple is being purchased by a U.S. firm. The transaction is to be completed in the first half of this year. Click here for the full story