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Rain above average, but snow lagging in Washington, Oregon - AgMinute for December 16, 2014

Snowpacks are inadequate in Oregon and Washington but Idaho has fared better so far. Click here for the full story

UI, Simplot renew Parma research station agreement - AgMinute for December 15, 2014

J.R. Simplot Co. and University of Idaho have renewed an agreement that has helped the university's Parma research and extension station in Southwestern Idaho remain open. Under the agreement, Simplot provides the Parma station $330,000 a year. Click here for the full story

Congress to review genetically modified food labeling - AgMinute for December 12, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling the genetically modified organisms — foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling. Click here for the full story

J&J Family of Farms names president

Industry veteran Chris Coffman has joined J&J Family of Farms Inc., as president and chief operating officer, a new position.

Spending bill would add spuds to WIC - AgMinute for December 11, 2014

Potatoes have been included in the WIC nutrition program in a new congressional spending bill. Click here for the full story

Transportation high on 2015 Idaho legislative agenda - AgMinute for December 10, 2014

Various proposals to increase transportation funding will likely be introduced during Idaho's 2015 legislative session, which begins next month, and lawmakers could also be asked to appropriate money for the proposed Bear River Basin water adjudication. Click here for the full story

New UI agronomist eyes water use - AgMinute for December 9, 2014

University of Idaho has a new agronomist with expertise in water-use efficiency at its Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. Click here for the full story

Higher Mexican production to bring tomato prices down

Tomato shippers reported lower prices as December progressed, though demand for some fruit remained very strong.

Strawberry salesman Larry Scarborough dies

William “Larry” Scarborough, a longtime Florida and California strawberry salesman, died Dec. 8.

Stemilt helps Washington foster care children

Employees and growers at Stemilt Growers Inc., brightened the holidays for 133 central Washington children in foster care.

Stemilt helps Washington foster care children

Employees and growers at Stemilt Growers Inc., brightened the holidays for 133 central Washington children in foster care.

Door to Door Organics continues to expand

Organic online retailer Door to Door Organics plans to expand delivery services to Milwaukee in the spring.

Mushroom council promote blendability studies

The Mushroom Council is promoting studies that promote the blendability of the vegetable.

Mushroom council promote blendability studies

The Mushroom Council is promoting studies that promote the blendability of the vegetable.

Get ARC Activities on 2015 Calendar

We’ve got a lot of activities on our 2015 calendar and here are a few more we need to ad. How about getting them on your calendar? ARC President Mike Opperman says he is expecting continued growth in the next year. The board also developed and put into place a strategic plan that will help guide future ARC growth. A... Read More

USDA expands organic assessment exemption

The exemption for organic commodities from assessments in promotion programs and marketing orders is being expanded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Houston association donates 2.5 million pounds of produce

The Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association has donated 2.5 million pounds of fresh produce to the Houston Food Bank.

Sutherland Produce starts organic citrus deals

Sutherland Produce Sales Inc. has kicked off its organic citrus deals.

NY apple association encourages healthy holiday snacks

To counteract St. Nick’s cookie consumption, the New York Apple Association has launched its annual “Apples for Santa” campaign. The campaign apples for a healthy alternative throughout the holidays.

USA: still the cheap food nirvana

It is a truism that Americans take for granted the fact that food is so accessible and cheap, Reading the recent series on farm workers in Mexico, published by the Los Angeles Times, one young farm worker said her family kept moving from field to field year after year to simply have enough money to buy food, to keep body and soul together.

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