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Blogriculture | A blog about agriculture in the West from capitalpress.com

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Views and commentary on agriculture, farming, ranching, agribusiness and agriculture media in the Western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California from the staff of the Capital Press and capitalpress.com.

U.S. milk production was up 4.1 percent in September over year-ago levels, boosted by 78,000 additional cows and increased per cow production of almost 2 pounds. Click here for the full story

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Idaho's dry bean industry sees Costa Rica as one of its best potential new markets and the Idaho Bean Commission will use a $18,000 specialty crop grant to try to make inroads into that Central American nation. Click here for the full story

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A WTO compliance panel on Monday ruled an amended U.S. country of origin labeling measure has a detrimental impact on imported Canadian and Mexican livestock. Click here for the full story

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A crisis response group convened by Idaho's Speaker of the House is trying to find ways to help growers in Southern Idaho deal with the huge losses in wheat and barley production they suffered this year due to unusually heavy August and September rains. Click here for the full story

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks members for its panel to advise the agency on wolf recovery. Click here for the full story

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Cattlemen are banding together to fight Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack's intention to resolve a stalemate in the beef industry over amending the national beef checkoff by establishing a supplemental, secondary beef checkoff under a 1996 generic promotion act. Click here for the full story

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A three-year pilot program of allowing Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the United States has expired and the Department of Transportation has not said what's next. Click here for the full story

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An Idaho corn maze is receiving national attention again but its owner said while the recognition is fun, he's more interested in educating urban folks about agriculture while entertaining them. Click here for the full story

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The Arizona Game and Fish Commission’s concerns are outlined in a letter sent to ranching groups in the region. Click here for the full story

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Last month, five consumer and environmental groups sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration expressing their concern about the flavor industry, which determines the safety of its own ingredients. Click here for the full story

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The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period on a controversial proposal that would change the definition of "waters of the U.S.," a rule change some say will increase the agency's power over agriculture. Click here for the full story

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A two-year research project funded by a $57,000 specialty crop grant will look at ways to help Idaho dry bean farmers combat the nightshade weed. The weed costs the Idaho bean industry about $8 million a year. Click here for the full story

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The average value of all cropland in Idaho rose 6.7 percent to $3,040 per acre this year, and the value of irrigated cropland in the state rose 8.5 percent to $4,600 an acre. Click here for the full story

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Tight global supplies of beef will tighten further for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, but record prices in the beef and cattle complex are firm on unwavering consumer demand. Click here for the full story

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A $103,000 specialty crop grant will allow researchers at University of Idaho's Parma experiment station to continue trials aimed at helping growers produce alternative fruit and nut crops. Click here for the full story

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Media members were taken on an extensive tour of a fourth-generation Idaho dairy Sept. 30. The Kuna dairy's owner said he viewed it as his responsibility to provide media and thus consumers a close-up look at how a dairy operates. Click here for the full story

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A USDA investigation found a Washington farmer had experienced problems with glyphosate-resistant wheat in 2007 but destroyed the crop before it could be tested for a transgenic trait. Click Here for the full story

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The investigation into the unauthorized release in Oregon has ended without any determinations about the source of the biotech wheat, though USDA continues to believe it was an isolated incident and none of the crop entered commerce. Click Here for the full story

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USDA said more biotech wheat was found at a former field trial site in Montana but it's unrelated to a 2013 unauthorized release in Oregon. The agency has ended its investigation into the Oregon incident without firm conclusions as to its source. Click Here for the full story

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An economic outlook by University of Missouri's FAPRI projects high prices for the livestock and dairy sectors and lower prices for the grains and oilseed sectors, resulting in livestock receipts eclipsing crop receipts in 2014 -- which last occurred in 2005. Click Here for the full story

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Swore Farms in southeast Idaho has an annual tradition of inviting all of fourth-graders in the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district to come and learn about agriculture. Click here for the full story

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Idaho farmers weren't surprised to hear that the average cost to rent irrigated cropland increased $20 an acre this year. The average rent expense for all cropland in Idaho is estimated at $151 an acre, an increase of $12 over 2013. Click here for the full story

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The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will use a $18,000 federal grant to conduct four events around the state designed to increase the amount of local food being included in school menus. Click here for the full story

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FDA officials say the agency's revised produce rule would provide more flexibility for farmers to meet proposed water quality standards. The revisions were announced today on the Federal Register website. Click here for the full story

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Irrigation districts in southwestern Idaho won't cease delivering water to farmers until the first part of October, a month later than last year. They also expect to have a decent amount of carryover water left for the 2015 season. Click here for the full story

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Farmers will be at the center of solutions to problems created by the growing world population, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy said during a lecture at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Click here for the full story

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Planted barley acres are down both in Idaho and nationally, according to a USDA report. Click here for the full story

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Access has been restored to fresh, U.S. potato exports to Mexico within 26 kilometers of the Mexico-U.S. border. Click here for the full story

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The USDA Agricultural Research Service is proposing the closure of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, and a reduction in the number of researchers in Prosser, Wash. USDA ARS Director of Information Sandy Miller Hays says the adjustments will address declining and flat budgets, but industry and researchers a

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When the temporary, global beef supply boost works its way through the system, limited supplies and strong demand are expected to result in strong prices in the third quarter of the year. Click here for the full story

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