agriculture News

Monsanto Settles Farmer Suits Over Oregon Experimental GMO Wheat

Monsanto Co. said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” wheat, which was never …

Dry Conditions Shouldn’t Impact Hawaii Coffee Crops

A new forecast says Hawaii’s Big Island can expect below-average rainfall this winter. But it’s not likely to experience severe drought. The National Weather Service says there is a 55- to 60 percent chance of El Nino conditions developing. But …

New Mexico’s Green Chile Crop Endangered by Weather

Wet weather in recent weeks has left some of New Mexico’s green chile crop in danger. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported  that a hail storm last week was the latest in a spate of precipitation to plague chile fields in …

Hot Weather Takes Toll On Washington Wheat Crop

Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in Eastern Washington. Joel Zwainz on Monday estimated that his family’s 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30 to 50 percent less …

Idaho Farmers Feeling Effect of Russian Ban on Ag Imports

Idaho farmers may feel a small sting from the new Russian ban on food and agricultural imports from the West. Russia was the 14th largest export market for Idaho agriculture as of last year, according to the Idaho Department of …

Some Illinois Corn Fields Hit Hard by Storms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week that most of Illinois’ corn crop is in great shape. But some farmers in western and central Illinois suffered extensive damage from storms on Monday. Ryan Mueller farms near Joy in western …

Senator Wants Feds to Help North Dakota Corn Growers

North Dakota corn farmers are having a tough time getting their crop in the ground because of a wet spring, and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is asking the federal government to help them out. The Democratic senator is calling on …

Bonura Joins Leavitt Central Coast in California

Leavitt Central Coast Insurance Services has hired Joe Bonura in its Central California operation. Bonura specializes in commercial insurance for trucking and agriculture. Prior to the Leavitt Group, Bonura sold individual health plans. He also worked as a media consultant selling …

California Agency Won’t Allot Water Amid Drought

Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 …

Blizzard-Lost Plains Cattle Will Hurt Area Economy

An early October blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota will have a staggering impact on the regional economy, the head of the state Stockgrower’s Association said. The direct economic impact of the cattle loses …