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Western Innovator: Building a better canal system
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Western Innovator: Building a better canal system
A hydrologist is developing a predictive model for the Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Co.’s system to improve its efficiency.

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ISDA delivers more flood-related violations
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is still early in the enforcement process of wastewater issues related to winter weather and flooding.
Canadian minister looking forward to Trump trade talks
President Donald Trump took issue with Canadian changes on milk classification that he said have put farmers in Wisconsin and New York state out of business.
Texas peach crop challenged by lack of cold weather
The Hill Country lacked an adequate number of “chill hours” this winter.
Wisconsin lawmaker: Canada doesn’t grasp urgency of milk crisis
A state lawmaker says Canadian officials don't appear to have a sense of urgency about helping the dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers who face going out of business after a change in Canada's domestic pricing policy evaporated demand for U.S. milk
Tillamook Bay reopens after manure spill from nearby dairy
State officials received reports of the spill in the middle of last week.
Buyer wanted: Tiny Oregon town for sale
The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station, the land under the post office, undeveloped parcels, water rights and infrastructure that includes sidewalks, fire hydrants and a working power...
Dairy industry wants broken safety net fixed
Dairy industry wants broken safety net fixed
Most dairymen are dissatisfied with the performance of the Margin Protection Program and have lost faith in the program’s ability to provide an effective safety net.
Researchers discuss cloud seeding efforts
Researchers discuss cloud seeding efforts
Cloud seeding and its potential to increase snowpack levels were a main topic of discussion during a joint meeting of the Western Snow Conference and Weather Modification Association.
Hawaii officials say water will be returned to Waimea River
Water diversions started in the early 1900s with the establishment of the Kekaha Sugar Plantation’s ditch systems.
Portland students get first-hand look at possible wolf depredation
Portland students get first-hand look at possible wolf depredation
Two teens from the Sunnyside Environmental School witness field biologist investigate cow, calf killed in Wallowa County.

Marketplace

Livestock

Trump’s boost to China trade encourages U.S. beef industry
Access to China offer tremendous opportunity for U.S. beef, but there’s still much to negotiate.
Portland students get first-hand look at possible wolf depredation
Two teens from the Sunnyside Environmental School witness field biologist investigate cow, calf killed in Wallowa County.
WA lawmakers OK new way to deter wolves
Review of Oregon’s wolf management plan begins
Livestock antibiotics bill dies in Oregon Senate

Dairy

ISDA delivers more flood-related violations
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is still early in the enforcement process of wastewater issues related to winter weather and flooding.
Canadian minister looking forward to Trump trade talks
President Donald Trump took issue with Canadian changes on milk classification that he said have put farmers in Wisconsin and New York state out of...
Wisconsin lawmaker: Canada doesn’t grasp urgency of milk crisis
Tillamook Bay reopens after manure spill from nearby dairy
Dairy industry wants broken safety net fixed

Energy

Bill proposing solar restrictions on farmland dies
A bill requiring solar developers to conduct an alternatives analysis before siting projects on high-value farmland has died.
New hurdle proposed for solar projects on high-value farmland
A new hurdle has been proposed for commercial solar projects on high-value farmland in Oregon.

FFA

FFA members engage youngsters to boost ag literacy
Idaho FFA spreads the word to young students about the origins of food.
Kuna FFA chapter does well at state leadership conference
61 members participate in the Idaho leadership conference in Twin Falls.
Idaho FFA officers ready to meet new challenges
Meridian FFA welcomes spring and lots of CDEs

Horses

Wild horse advocates win appeal against mustang roundup
The Nevada suit filed in 2014 demanded BLM sell older horses deemed unadoptable without the usual prohibition on resale for slaughter.

Nursery

Japanese beetle eradication in a Portland suburb begins April 17
State ag officials want to make sure an infestation confirmed last summer doesn’t spread to commercial nurseries and other high value crops.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Texas peach crop challenged by lack of cold weather
The Hill Country lacked an adequate number of “chill hours” this winter.
Nursery switches to white fiberglass stakes
White fiberglass nursery tree stakes are an eye catcher near Quincy, Wash., and new to the area as other nurseries use bamboo and steel stakes.
El Salvadoran, Guatemalan H-2A workers hired
Study: More beetles can carry disease killing avocado trees
Sunkist CEO Russell Hanlin dies at 84

Organic

Persistence pays off for new co-op
LINC Foods, a cooperative in Spokane, is working to get to the point where it can be profitable.

Outdoors

Research Center

Researchers discuss cloud seeding efforts
Cloud seeding and its potential to increase snowpack levels were a main topic of discussion during a joint meeting of the Western Snow Conference and...
Potato ‘genebank’ holds crop’s future
If a repeat of the Great Potato Famine was to strike or climate change so altered the Earth that water became scarce, potato seeds from the U.S.
Biologists: Too soon to know if killing barred owls helps spotted owls
Iowa farmers say budget cuts would be devastating
Study: More beetles can carry disease killing avocado trees

Rural Life

Buyer wanted: Tiny Oregon town for sale
The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station, the land under the post office, undeveloped...
Portland students get first-hand look at possible wolf depredation
Two teens from the Sunnyside Environmental School witness field biologist investigate cow, calf killed in Wallowa County.
S. Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame honors inductees
Idaho student walks alpaca around town as therapy animal
Farm Rescue nonprofit expanding into Nebraska, its 6th state

Timber

Oregon drops several defenses in $1.4 billion timber lawsuit
Oregon’s government has agreed to drop several defenses against a class action lawsuit brought by counties that seeks $1.4 billion for...
Lawsuit filed over Montana timber project
The 5,700-acre project includes logging and prescribed burning about 15 miles southwest of Helena.
Nevada state forester resigns after fire attack criticized

Water

Western Innovator: Building a better canal system
A hydrologist is developing a predictive model for the Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Co.’s system to improve its efficiency.
Inslee stays out of rural well issue; special session at hand
With the regular session in its final days, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he has not studied a Senate proposal to reopen rural Washington to well...
Researchers discuss cloud seeding efforts
Hawaii officials say water will be returned to Waimea River
IGWA districts exceed 2016 settlement reductions