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Forecast bodes well for Southern Idaho
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Forecast bodes well for Southern Idaho
With Idaho irrigators drawing water earlier than ever before, Idaho water managers see hope for relief in a long-term weather forecast that has raised the chances of moisture.

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Gov. Inslee extends drought declaration
Gov. Inslee extends drought declaration
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded the drought emergency declaration to almost half the state.
Cities: California water reduction order unrealistic, unfair
Cities are balking at California Gov. Jerry Brown's new water rules.
Sportsmen question orchard’s use of public land
Sportsmen question orchard’s use of public land
Future use of public land that's an elk and deer migratory path is discussed by orchardists, sportsmen and state officials.
California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds
California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds
Grape acreage in California remained fairly steady in 2014 despite drought conditions that caused a drop in yields, according to a survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Rise in Idaho farm deaths concerns OSHA
Rise in Idaho farm deaths concerns OSHA
Fatal accidents in agriculture have risen signficantly recently in Idaho, prompting concerns by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Washington senate honors Roseleip
Washington senate honors Roseleip
Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip receives a full session resolution April 17 in the Washington State Senate for his years of service.
New McDougall apple line eight months into maiden season
New McDougall apple line eight months into maiden season
McDougall & Sons Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., is on the move with a huge new apple and cherry packing facility to keep up with its expanding orchards.
Twin sisters turn heads on packing line
Twin sisters turn heads on packing line
Twin sisters live together and pack apples together. People can't tell them apart.
Idaho receives fewer applications for specialty crop funds
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture received 22 requests for specialty crop grant funds this year, 16 fewer than last year's record number.
Bill would require reduced farmland impact from transmission lines
Transmission lines across farmland would be subject to greater scrutiny by county governments under a proposed bill in Oregon.

Livestock

Superior Farms’ lamb sliders a hit at the ballpark
Superior Farms, the nation's largest lamb processor, is raising awareness about the meat by having it featured at San Francisco Giants and Sacramento...
DOE rewriting rules for feedlot permits
Washington Department of Ecology is rewriting rules for CAFO permits.
New trade deals to bolster access to Mexico, Peru
Biologists say there’s enough data to decide wolf protection
Parasites protect cattle from disease, study finds

Dairy

Cougar kills dairy cow in W. Washington
Cougar attacks are rare in the region, but it’s unusual to have an attack west of Interstate 5.
Calif. processors say FMMO hearing unwarranted
USDA has received three alternative proposals to three co-ops' proposal to establish a federal milk marketing order for California.
Butter, cheese prices strong; powder plunging
USDA posts alternative proposals for Calif. milk marketing order
Cheese strength drawing attention

Energy

Bill would require reduced farmland impact from transmission lines
Transmission lines across farmland would be subject to greater scrutiny by county governments under a proposed bill in Oregon.
Commission delays decision on proposed Idaho ethanol facility
A decision on a requested conditional use permit to build an ethanol facility in Southwestern Idaho has been delayed until May 5. Canyon County...
Risk and reward for Boardman biomass proposal

FFA

New Idaho FFA officers aspire to inspire
New state FFA officers step up to the plate in Idaho following elections at the state conference at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on...

Horses

California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014
It’s possible the drought had a role in the increased West Nile activity because birds and mosquitoes, which spread the virus, were drawn to...

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Sportsmen question orchard’s use of public land
Future use of public land that's an elk and deer migratory path is discussed by orchardists, sportsmen and state officials.
California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds
Grape acreage in California remained fairly steady in 2014 despite drought conditions that caused a drop in yields, according to a survey by the...
New McDougall apple line eight months into maiden season
Twin sisters turn heads on packing line
Wind machines, heaters fend off frost in Washington

Organic

Consumers buying more organic products, new data show
Organics now make up 5 percent of total food sales in the United States, but much of the growth is also in nonfood items like textiles and personal...
GMO label proponents tout glyphosate cancer finding
A controversial finding that links glyphosate with cancer supports the legality of mandatory GMO labeling, supporters say.
Missouri organic farmers eligible for reimbursement

Outdoors

Research Center

University of Idaho ag school open to partnering with BYU
John Foltz, dean of University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, met with more than 30 people in Caldwell April 16 during an...
Idaho receives fewer applications for specialty crop funds
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture received 22 requests for specialty crop grant funds this year, 16 fewer than last year's record number.
Wilbur-Ellis given OK to fly Oregon-made ag drone
Biologists hope lice can attack invasive Brazilian pepper
Parasites protect cattle from disease, study finds

Rural Life

Rise in Idaho farm deaths concerns OSHA
Fatal accidents in agriculture have risen signficantly recently in Idaho, prompting concerns by the federal Occupational Safety and Health...
Twin sisters turn heads on packing line
Twin sisters live together and pack apples together. People can't tell them apart.
Experts: Marijuana may spur home-building on farmland
IPC Tater Team to perform good deeds on fourth U.S. tour
Rural communities vie for prize to revitalize

Timber

Washington senate honors Roseleip
Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip receives a full session resolution April 17 in the...
Owl conservation plans aid timber companies
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to reclassify the Northern spotted owl as endangered rather than threatened. Whether...
Washington state buys 1,700 acres of forest on Olympic Peninsula
Feds consider endangered species listing for spotted owl
Judge invalidates ‘take’ permits for logging plan

Water

Forecast bodes well for Southern Idaho
With Idaho irrigators drawing water earlier than ever before, Idaho water managers see hope for relief in a long-term weather forecast that has...
Owyhee Irrigation District farmers face another tough year
The Owyhee Irrigation District has set the 2015 water allotment for its irrigation customers at 1.5 acre-feet and this year's water supply situation...
Gov. Inslee extends drought declaration
Cities: California water reduction order unrealistic, unfair
Well levels near Oregon-California border drop, website shows