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As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade

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As farmers fret over President Donald Trump’s criticism of international trade agreements, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure them by creating a top post to oversee trade and foreign agricultural affairs. The new undersecretary position is a sign ...

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No drought warnings in Northwest for first time since 2011

For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest isn’t showing any signs of drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that Oregon, Washington and Idaho are free from drought worries. In fact, flooding has prompted disaster declarations in ...

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Report: US farmers forecast to harvest smaller wheat crop


The Agriculture Department is forecasting a far smaller U.S. winter wheat crop than a year ago, led by a downturn in expected production out of Kansas. The department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on May 10 predicted the 2017 crop would ...

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Whole Foods shakes up board as key sales figure falls again

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Whole Foods announced a board shake-up and cost-cutting plan May 10 as it fights to hold onto shoppers who have more choices about where to buy the natural and organic foods the chain is known for. The company also said ...

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Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over telemedicine abortion ban


A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sued the state over two newly enacted ...

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SBDC: A cyberattack could put you out of business (access required)

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Small businesses are increasingly targeted for cyberattacks, and these attacks can be costly. Yet most small business owners don’t have a plan in place to respond, according to the Idaho Small Business Development Center. The center has launched a new ...

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Contractor? Employee? More than 500 Idaho employers got this wrong last year (access required)


Idaho employers had to reclassify 2,489 independent contractors as employees and pay $240,000 in fines in 2016 after the Idaho Department of Labor found they were misclassifying workers. Several of those businesses classified workers as contractors when in fact the ...

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Encouraging jobs report calms fears of slowing economy

The U.S. job market bounced back in April after several economists worried low job growth in March indicated a slowing economy. The United States added 211,000 jobs in April, significantly higher than the 79,000 jobs added in March and almost ...

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