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PGG members vote to dissolve co-op
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PGG members vote to dissolve co-op

PENDLETON, Ore. — Pendleton Grain Growers, the longtime farmers’ co-op that formed out of the Great Depression, is finished. Members present at a special meeting Monday voted overwhelmingly to dissolve PGG, authorizing the board of...

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Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon

ONTARIO, Ore. — Part of the 80-year-old Malheur Siphon, which carries irrigation water to thousands of acres in Malheur County, is starting to fail.

As a result, the Owyhee Irrigation District has hired an engineering firm to assess the...

Growers staff up for cherry harvest
Growers staff up for cherry harvest

WENATCHEE, Wash. — A total of 682 people applied for cherry sorting and packing jobs in association with Stemilt Growers’ 12th annual job fair on May 2, as Pacific Northwest growers and packers hire workers for the 2016 cherry...

Cash prices weaken; butter battles to stay above $2
Cash prices weaken; butter battles to stay above $2

Cash dairy prices weakened more the last week of April, with CME block Cheddar closing the week and the month at $1.37 per pound, down 5 1/4-cents on the week, down a dime on the month and 24 cents below a year ago.

The barrels finished at...

Analysts: Higher placements into feedlots to continue
Analysts: Higher placements into feedlots to continue

Cattle on feed for slaughter increased about 1 percent year over year on April 1, and although placements into feedlots were lower than market analysts expected, they represent the second consecutive month of a year-over-year increase.

At 10.85...

WSDA report puts the heat on apple maggots
WSDA report puts the heat on apple maggots

Compost companies should heat municipal yard waste to kill apple maggots before trucking the material into Washington’s apple-growing regions for final processing, according to a study released May 2 by the Washington State Department of...

U.S. milk production pushes ahead
U.S. milk production pushes ahead

March milk production in the 23 major states was up 1.8 percent year over year on 19,000 additional cows and the highest production per cow for the March since USDA’s reporting series began in 2003.

Total production, at 17.2 billion...

Bird flu strikes down Missouri turkeys

Bird flu was confirmed in a seemingly healthy 39,000-turkey flock in Jasper County, Mo., the day after officials declared the only other U.S. outbreak this year resolved, the World Organization for Animal Health announced today.

The virus was...

First wolverine in more than a century found in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department says a wolverine has been confirmed in the state for the first time in more than a century.

Furbearer biologist Stephanie Tucker tells KFGO radio that the last verified...

Marin County water use dropped significantly in last decade

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Residents of Marin County have been so good at conserving water in the last decade that water managers say there is no immediate need for a desalination plant.

The Marin Independent Journal reports Monday a...

Complaint claims lawmakers misled Legislature on wolf bill
Complaint claims lawmakers misled Legislature on wolf bill

The environmental group Cascadia Wildlands is accusing three Oregon lawmakers of knowingly misrepresenting a bill that ratified the state’s decision to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list.

The complaint was filed Monday...

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Livestock

Analysts: Higher placements into feedlots to continue

Cattle on feed for slaughter increased about 1 percent year over year on April 1, and although placements into feedlots were lower than market...

Bird flu strikes down Missouri turkeys

Bird flu was confirmed in a seemingly healthy 39,000-turkey flock in Jasper County, Mo., the day after officials declared the only other U.S.

First wolverine in more than a century found in North Dakota
Complaint claims lawmakers misled Legislature on wolf bill
3 lawmakers hit with ethics complaint over wolf bill

Dairy

Cash prices weaken; butter battles to stay above $2

Cash dairy prices weakened more the last week of April, with CME block Cheddar closing the week and the month at $1.37 per pound, down 5 1/4-cents...

U.S. milk production pushes ahead

March milk production in the 23 major states was up 1.8 percent year over year on 19,000 additional cows and the highest production per cow for...

Darigold offers membership to McMinnville dairy co-op farmers
H-2A delays cause worker shortages in 20 states
Cheese prices continue to slip

Energy

FFA

Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention

ROSALIA, Wash. — Rosalia High School sophomore Collin Pittmann’s hard work all comes down to this.

Pittmann will compete...

New state officers bring humor, passion to California FFA

FRESNO, Calif. — California FFA’s newly elected state officer team promised the more than 5,000 students attending the...

CDFA’s Ross urges FFA members to think of the future
Meridian FFA Attends 85th State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls

Horses

$2 million indoor horse arena planned in Montana

DILLON, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Center for Horsemanship is planning a $2 million arena in Dillon.

The Montana Standard reports that...

Nevada governor may sue if BLM won’t pony up for mustang roundups

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is considering legal action to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to pony up some money...

Nevada partnership tries to shrink size of mustang herd
Wild horses tamed by 4-H Club members up for adoption

Nursery

H-2A delays cause worker shortages in 20 states

Federal agency delays in processing visas for foreign guestworkers who tend and harvest America’s food crops are fast approaching crisis...

WAFLA warns of minimum wage hike

OLYMPIA — Two initiatives raising Washington’s minimum wage could be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, the farm labor...

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Chilean fruit company expands its U.S. footprint

A large Chilean fruit company is expanding its U.S. footprint with the purchase of property in Oregon and a merger with a California-based berry...

Lesson plans teach elementary-school students about almonds

MODESTO, Calif. — A growers’ group has put together a lesson plan for elementary-school teachers to enlighten youngsters about...

Growers staff up for cherry harvest
WSDA report puts the heat on apple maggots
Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

Organic

USDA faulted for biotech loophole

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has faulted the USDA for regulating only those biotech crops containing genes from plant...

Lawsuit claims USDA undermining organics board

Cornucopia Institute has filed a lawsuit against USDA alleging misconduct by the department resulted in its inappropriate influence in the...

Outdoors

Research Center

Trials evaluate cereal cyst nematode resistance

Capital Press

ABERDEEN, Idaho — Aside from diversifying their crop rotations, Pooria Ensafi believes selecting resistant varieties is...

Study: Fewer farmworkers migrate, aggravating labor shortage

The agricultural labor shortage has less to do with the shrinking population of farmworkers than with its changing work habits, a new economic...

Growers urged to scout fields for black leg
Chocolate milk maker wanted study touted with ‘Concussion’
GMO mosquito plan headed for residents’ vote in Florida Keys

Rural Life

PGG members vote to dissolve co-op

PENDLETON, Ore. — Pendleton Grain Growers, the longtime farmers’ co-op that formed out of the Great Depression, is finished. Members...

Grange Co-op and Rogue Co-ops announce 2016 scholarship recipients

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Grange Co-op and Rogue Co-ops have announced their 2016 scholarship recipients, representing several counties in...

Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations
Man plans horseback trip from Washington to Michigan reunion
Idaho Power offers safety warning after ag accident

Timber

International Paper to buy 7 pulp mills from Weyerhaeuser

NEW YORK (AP) — International Paper said it is paying $2.2 billion to buy seven mills from Weyerhaeuser that make pulp used in diapers,...

Feds use prescribed fire to make progress in Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s nothing secret about what’s planned for Area 74 — a swath of forested land along the...

California to remove dying pines, hoping to prevent fires
Idaho Land Board approves state timber harvest for 2017
Foresters seek solution to clear-cut image problem

Water

Pending Idaho Supreme Court ruling could ease Rangen water call burden

Capital Press

HAGERMAN, Idaho — Officials with Idaho Ground Water Appropriators Inc. say they hope a forthcoming state Supreme Court...

Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon

ONTARIO, Ore. — Part of the 80-year-old Malheur Siphon, which carries irrigation water to thousands of acres in Malheur County, is starting...

Marin County water use dropped significantly in last decade
EPA pays $1 million in response costs after mine wastewater spill
Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve