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WSU study finds no more genetically modified wheat

A study by Washington State University has found no additional sign of the genetically modified wheat discovered at one Oregon farm this spring. The tests involved dozens of wheat varieties developed at Washington State, the University of Idaho and Oregon ...

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U of I wants to stay in business with Simplot at Parma extension (access required)

The University of Idaho is attempting to extend an agreement with J.R. Simplot Co. that has helped keep the Parma Research and Extension Center open after its state funding was slashed. In late 2009 the university reached a five-year agreement ...

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Idaho company proposes hydropower project in Oregon

An Idaho company has gotten approval to explore building a dam and reservoir near Prineville to store water for generating electricity. The developers envision the project called “pumped hydro storage” as a complement to balance intermittent supplies from such sources ...

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Japan resumes wheat imports to glee of US growers

Japan has agreed to resume importing Northwest soft white wheat two months after a genetically modified rogue strain of the crop appeared in an Oregon farmer’s field. The news was met with cheers by regional and national wheat growers. “It’s ...

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Boise Cascade buys Carolina plants, posts $10.4 million income

Boise Cascade earned $10.4 million in net income from April to June, reporting increased sales but a steady drop in prices for its wood products during the second quarter of the year. The Boise-based wood products company also bought two ...

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Nampa sugar plant aims to cut gas emissions

Officials with Amalgamated Sugar Co. are proposing to spend millions of dollars on new equipment and shutting down older machines to help reduce gas emissions blamed for creating haze in regional skies. The company has been working with state and ...

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Idaho silver mine laying off 126 employees

U.S. Silver & Gold Inc. has announced the layoff of just more than one-third of its employees at its northern Idaho silver mine due to decreasing silver prices. The company announced July 16 that it was laying off 126 of ...

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