U.S. Climate Prediction Center issues two-week forecast that departs from region's summer long weather pattern. Click here for full story.
Monday, August 31, 2015
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.