Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wildfire ravages parts of Wenatchee. Ag Minute for Jun 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

Drought conditions take hold in Western Washington. AgMinute for 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

USDA declares drought disaster in 18 Washington counties. AgMinute for Jun 26, 2015

USDA includes 18 Washington counties in federal disaster declaration. Click here for full story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Expert: Approvals of antibiotics in feed won’t be automatic. AgMinute for 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

Spotted wing drosophila detected in SW Idaho. Ag Minute for 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

Farm, technology sectors agree Idaho can be a leader in agtech. AgMinute for Jun 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

2014 apple crop still shrinking. Ag Minute for Jun 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

PNW hop acreage up 16 percent. AgMinute for Jun 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

Obama announces another $110 million for drought relief. Ag Minute for 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

House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat. Ag Minute 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

USDA computer overhaul $140 million over budget. Ag Minute for 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

U.S. Ag exports expected to fall $12 billion. Ag Minute For 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

WSU study: Organic farming good for bank account. Ag Minute June 9, 2015

WSU professors find organic foods good for farmers' financial health. Click here for full story.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Gluten-free wheat in sight, researchers say. AgMinute June 8, 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

Washington’s wolf experience unlike rest of the West - Ag Minute for June 5, 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.

Mobile farmers’ market brings produce to Boise neighborhoods. Idaho Agminute for Jun 5th 2015

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

May rains had little impact on drought Agminute for Jun 4, 2015

Despite heavy rain in May, experts say drought is still a fact of life in much of the West. Click here for full story.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

State leases water from Olympic Peninsula farmers for fish. AgMinute for Jun 3, 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

Washington Apple Commission boosts its reserves - AgMinute For June 2, 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.

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