Ranchers applaud $211 million boost to sage grouse protection
Ranchers applaud $211 million boost to sage grouse protection
USDA chief Tom Vilsack has announced a $211 million boost to the Sage Grouse Initiative. Oregon ranchers say greater sage grouse collaboration with federal agencies is paying off.

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Coffee pods, pet food boost Smucker’s 1Q results
The company said a 12 percent sales spike in its coffee business after introducing Dunkin' Donuts coffee pods for Keurig coffee makers.
Fast-food’s new target: The snack attack
The restaurants hope to entice people who are searching for a small treat between meals, a cheap bite or a little something extra at mealtime.
Iowa’s newest hops farm harvesting first crop
The farmer expects to harvest about 1,000 pounds of hops this year, but that’s just a fraction of what he and his partners hope to grow in the coming seasons.
Crop that can be made into jet fuel shows promise
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Kapowsin Meats recalls pork from Washington, Oregon, Alaska
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EPA water rules take effect in some states
A federal court ruling Thursday, hours before the rules were to go into effect, blocked the regulations in 13 states that had sued to stop them.
McDonald’s, Tyson cut ties with farmer tied to abuse video
McDonald’s Corp. said in a statement that it supported Tyson’s decision to terminate its contract with the farmer in question.
Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs
Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs
The state of Oregon has budgeted $50 million annually to pay for fighting wildfires and has insurance to cover expenses above that.
Grant aims to improve Madison County soil
Grant aims to improve Madison County soil
The Madison Soil & Water Conservation District is in the first year of a grant to quantify the economics of how various soil-health practices affect fields on five Eastern Idaho farms.
WSU ag college acting dean: ‘We’re going to stay the course’
WSU ag college acting dean: ‘We’re going to stay the course’
Kim Kidwell, acting dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, says the college will keep moving forward in light of the leadership shuffle that has followed WSU President Elson Floyd's death.

State

Weather helps E. Idaho avoid wildfire outbreak
During a busy fire season throughout Idaho and the Northwest, Eastern Idaho has been nearly fire free, enabling its wildfire personnel to assist in...
Red-flag warning issued in Okanogan blaze
More than 1,150 square miles of Washington state have burned, nearly the size of Rhode Island.
Kapowsin Meats recalls pork from Washington, Oregon, Alaska
Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs
Grant aims to improve Madison County soil

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Ranchers applaud $211 million boost to sage grouse protection
USDA chief Tom Vilsack has announced a $211 million boost to the Sage Grouse Initiative. Oregon ranchers say greater sage grouse collaboration with...
Coffee pods, pet food boost Smucker’s 1Q results
The company said a 12 percent sales spike in its coffee business after introducing Dunkin' Donuts coffee pods for Keurig coffee makers.
Fast-food’s new target: The snack attack
Iowa’s newest hops farm harvesting first crop
Crop that can be made into jet fuel shows promise

Ag Sectors

Researchers study shrinking Washington state glacier
As the planet warms, glaciers are losing volume, some faster than others.
Crop that can be made into jet fuel shows promise
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EPA water rules take effect in some states
Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs
Cooperative helps drought-stricken member dairies

Opinion

Forest management, firefighter funding both needed
The Forest Service needs to manage the forest better, and more money to fight fires.
Incremental attacks on agriculture continue
Incremental demands made of the dairy industry threaten the well-being of farmers across the U.S.
Why initiatives should remain a power tool for citizens
Spotted, barred owls really one species
Congress must pass PORTS bills

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Nursery woman adds retail, mail order to wholesale business
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