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Fight over Clean Water Act rule enters new phase
Fight over Clean Water Act rule enters new phase
The fight over EPA's Clean Water Act rule is likely to heat up on the political and legal fronts now that the regulation is final, experts say.

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Roza District likely to turn water on again June 1
Roza District likely to turn water on again June 1
It looks like Washington's Roza Irrigation District will begin providing water to farmers again on June 1 but a possible May 29 water forecast update could delay that.
WSU proceeds with McFerson consideration
WSU proceeds with McFerson consideration
It's not a done deal, but Washington State University is working on a contract to hire the manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission as director of the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.
Some fear SJ Valley ag could go the way of timber industry
Some fear SJ Valley ag could go the way of timber industry
Some growers in the San Joaquin Valley are beginning to see comparisons between their industries and timber, whose decline was hastened by protections for the Northern spotted owl. Others point out that the return of rains would improve farms' prospects.
Chicago dairy prices far above global levels
Chicago dairy prices far above global levels
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
Rains might add extra days to Owyhee Project water season
A recent string of rainstorms has improved the water supply situation in Eastern Oregon, but farmers who get their water from the Owyhee Project still face a tough water year.
Northwest farmers wary about Obama’s expected water rule
The rule has also drawn criticism from property rights groups and praise from environmentalists.
California looks Down Under for drought advice
California looks Down Under for drought advice
“The outstanding feature of the California drought is the way in which it’s been allowed to become incredibly serious, with — from an Australian perspective — an absolutely pathetic and nominal sort of response,” said...
Train-the-trainer IPM workshops set
Train-the-trainer IPM workshops set
Researchers are planning two three-day workshop on integrated pest management.
Apples to flow between U.S., China
Apples to flow between U.S., China
It likely will take time to reach any volume, but greater trade of apples between the U.S. and China is being allowed after years of efforts.
California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers
California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers
California water regulators on Friday accepted an offer from California farmers with the most senior water rights to reduce their consumption by 25 percent.

Livestock

Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment
Wal-Mart is the first major retailer to take a stance to limit the use of the antibiotics.
Wolf advisory group seeks common ground
Consultant Francine Madden worked to help Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's wolf advisory group overcome deep-rooted conflict between...
Wandering wolf leaves Malheur County for Grant County
ICA program pairs ranchers with cover crops
Ranchers to address wolf advisory group during closed tour

Dairy

Chicago dairy prices far above global levels
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
Maine Legislature could vote on raw milk bill next week
The bill only applies to farmers who sell to consumers at their farm and requires the farmers to take a sanitation course.
April milk production up 1.7 percent
Big rig carrying sour cream overturns on Oregon highway
Dairies, environmentalists settle lawsuit

Energy

Upper Snake irrigators pursue year-round power production
Two Upper Snake River irrigation companies have filed paperwork with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build hydroelectric generation on...

FFA

Wenatchee H.S. graduate elected Washington FFA president
A Wenatchee High School graduate was named state FFA president at the recent state convention.
Wenatchee FFA chapter shines at state convention
The Wenatchee FFA chapter performed well at the recent state convention in Pullman, Wash.
FFA gives Washington officers a sense of place
Fruitland FFA chapter surprise winner of raffled antique tractor

Horses

Oregon high school equestrian championship rescheduled
Equine herpes is a common virus in horses that usually lies dormant. Factors such as stress can cause it to attack a horse's nervous system.
Oregon vet calls for voluntary quarantine to contain equine herpes virus
The Oregon state veterinarian says owners who competed in a high school equestrian event should keep their horses home for four weeks and monitor...

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Apples to flow between U.S., China
It likely will take time to reach any volume, but greater trade of apples between the U.S. and China is being allowed after years of efforts.
Early crop gives NW cherry growers high hopes
Pacific Northwest cherry growers are just starting to harvest a lighter crop with more defects but are delighted by the prospect of record June...
California cherries wrap up light
Calif. renews marketing order for dried plum board
WSU Extension hires new tree fruit specialist

Organic

Organic checkoff draws supporters, detractors
The Organic Trade Association has petitioned USDA for a checkoff program for organic after more than 5,000 organic farms and businesses weighed in on...
Farmer pleads guilty to falsely claiming organic crops
The farmer pleaded guilty to the federal misdemeanor of misbranding products in interstate commerce for claiming in 2010 that crops of corn were...
Organic farmers, processors struggle to meet demand
It’s time: Farmers’ markets spring into action

Outdoors

Research Center

WSU proceeds with McFerson consideration
It's not a done deal, but Washington State University is working on a contract to hire the manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission...
Train-the-trainer IPM workshops set
Researchers are planning two three-day workshop on integrated pest management.
Researchers mark center’s 50th anniversary with time capsule
Scientists pursue gene-disrupting pesticides
Field day helps ranchers remove toxic plants

Rural Life

Report calls for investment in ‘Ag of the Middle’
A study by Ecotrust, a Portland non-profit, says a more cohesive regional food system will support middle-size producers.
The hills are alive with the sound of children’s music
Columnist Ryan Taylor writes about living in the country.
Ag school graduates face bright job prospects
It’s time: Farmers’ markets spring into action
N. Dakota farm boy who lost arms finishes high school

Timber

Forest thinning could boost Sierra water yields, researchers say
University of California researchers assert that better forest management could increase water yields from the Sierra Nevada by as much as 10 percent.

Water

Fight over Clean Water Act rule enters new phase
The fight over EPA's Clean Water Act rule is likely to heat up on the political and legal fronts now that the regulation is final, experts say.
EPA issues its final water rules
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rule will only affect waters that have a “direct and significant” connection to larger bodies...
Water rule won’t burden farmers, EPA administrator says
Welcome Idaho rains also raise crop disease risk
Roza District likely to turn water on again June 1