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Bill seeks to end ‘duplicative’ pesticide permits
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Bill seeks to end ‘duplicative’ pesticide permits
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has introduced legislation to end a requirement that pesticide applications over or in waterways be permitted by the federal Clean Water Act.

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Oregonian national Make it With Wool winner
Oregonian national Make it With Wool winner
Two other Oregon contestants competing at the national level were Oregon Senior first-place winner Kyra Forester of Corvallis and Oregon Junior first-place winner Hannah Palmer of Heppner.
International barley hub to benefit farmers, researchers
International barley hub to benefit farmers, researchers
A $60 million research center in Scotland is designed to benefit farmers worldwide.
Washington lawmaker’s wolf bill gets heard, but not passed
Washington lawmaker’s wolf bill gets heard, but not passed
A Washington legislator's proposal to de-list wolves in his district falls flat, but not before the issue gets raised
Vintners court Mexican buyers as U.S. wine export values soar
Vintners court Mexican buyers as U.S. wine export values soar
As the value of U.S. wine exports reached a record $1.62 billion in 2016, wine industry representatives are working to keep markets open in the wake of global uncertainty over U.S. trade policy.
Watchdog agency staff rejects farm group’s complaint against What’s Upstream
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Environmentalists sue over USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves
In 2014, the USDA’s analysis concluded its wolf control activities didn’t have significant environmental impacts, but five environmental groups challenged that finding in federal court.
Study to focus on wolves’ effect on other predators, prey
Study to focus on wolves’ effect on other predators, prey
Researchers will monitor deer, elk and cougars to study the effects wolves have on them in a new study by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington.
Environmentalists challenge USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves
Environmentalists challenge USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves
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Legality of Cascade-Siskiyou expansion challenged
Legality of Cascade-Siskiyou expansion challenged
A lawsuit by 17 Oregon counties is challenging the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou national monument.
WSDA estimates ‘15 drought damage topped $700 million
WSDA estimates ‘15 drought damage topped $700 million
Washington Department of Agriculture estimates the 2015 drought caused between $633 million and $773 million in economic damages

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Livestock

Washington lawmaker’s wolf bill gets heard, but not passed
A Washington legislator's proposal to de-list wolves in his district falls flat, but not before the issue gets raised
Environmentalists sue over USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves
In 2014, the USDA’s analysis concluded its wolf control activities didn’t have significant environmental impacts, but five...
Environmentalists challenge USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves
Some, not all, Washington ranchers back raising brand fees
Debate swirls around bringing grizzly bears to North Cascades

Dairy

Idaho dairymen trying to mitigate flooding
Unprecedented flooding in Southern Idaho raises concerns over regulatory compliance. State veterinarian says run-on and runoff of water in the...
Dakota dairy producers hope to save industry
To stay relevant, North and South Dakota will have to go into niche production, such as specialty cheese, whey or a different kind of fluid milk,...
Dairy prices still under pressure
U.S. dairy industry rallies against Canadian dairy scheme
Hard winter tests Western Washington dairies

Energy

Idaho Power offers incentives for energy efficiency
Idaho Power paid nearly $2 million in irrigation efficiency incentives in 2016.
GOP senior statesmen making push for a carbon tax
Carbon taxes are designed to raise the cost of fossil fuels to bring down consumption. The money would be given to the people in the form of a...

FFA

Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time
Greater Spokane Inc. honored its latest Excellence in Agriculture Award winners during the 2017 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.
Ada County 4-H Club Idaho state champions
The winning senior team will move on to represent Idaho at the National Skill-a-thon Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall.
‘California Agriculture’ T-shirt to raise money for FFA
Chelan, Wash., student places second at rangeland forum
‘Snowpocalypse’ doesn’t stop Meridian FFA members as they participate in winter CDEs

Horses

Nursery

More elk dead after eating ornamental Japanese yew
Fish and Game officials say they will help homeowners determine if they have Japanese yew on their property and will reimburse homeowners to replace...
Oregon Nursery Hall of Fame adds six new members
Oregon’s nursery industry is annually one of the state’s top agricultural pursuits, with sales of $895 million in 2015.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Vintners court Mexican buyers as U.S. wine export values soar
As the value of U.S. wine exports reached a record $1.62 billion in 2016, wine industry representatives are working to keep markets open in the wake...
Washington orchardists take pay muddle to lawmakers
Farmers seek legislative shelter from class-action lawsuits over back pay claims
Wine packaging competition getting keener
Apple Commission gets new members
Beekeeper develops ‘smart bee’ winter storage system

Organic

Rush to organic production accompanied by industry questions
Organicology, held in Portland, attracts a range of organic producers and activists.
New Mexico organic certification program faces financial woes
The New Mexico Organic Certification Program has operated with a $100,000-a-year deficit since the state cut its funding in 2010 and capped the fees...
Organic growers differ on transitional certification

Outdoors

Research Center

International barley hub to benefit farmers, researchers
A $60 million research center in Scotland is designed to benefit farmers worldwide.
Study to focus on wolves’ effect on other predators, prey
Researchers will monitor deer, elk and cougars to study the effects wolves have on them in a new study by the Washington Department of Fish and...
Gene editing patent ruling sways fortune of biotech hopefuls
Illinois lawmakers propose biotechnology tax credits
Potato breeders fry hundreds of experimental lines in trial

Rural Life

Oregonian national Make it With Wool winner
Two other Oregon contestants competing at the national level were Oregon Senior first-place winner Kyra Forester of Corvallis and Oregon Junior...
Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time
Greater Spokane Inc. honored its latest Excellence in Agriculture Award winners during the 2017 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.
Ada County 4-H Club Idaho state champions
Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest second edition set for Feb. 25-26
Idaho farmers inducted into onion industry hall of fame

Timber

Legality of Cascade-Siskiyou expansion challenged
A lawsuit by 17 Oregon counties is challenging the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou national monument.
Colorado’s 834 million dead trees threaten to worsen fires
Foresters say Colorado's beetle-infested forests have about 834 million standing dead trees, threatening to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water...
Tree mortality epidemic in California forests keeps spreading
Climate change panel urges delay in Oregon forest policy decisions
Inslee: Suppression, carbon fuel catastrophic wildfires

Water

Bill seeks to end ‘duplicative’ pesticide permits
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has introduced legislation to end a requirement that pesticide applications over or in waterways be permitted by the federal...
Idaho bill puts court decision on stock watering rights into state law
Idaho lawmakers will consider legislation that would put into state law an Idaho Supreme Court decision on who owns in-stream stock watering rights...
Water managers lay out Idaho’s water issues
Watchdog agency staff rejects farm group’s complaint against What’s Upstream
WSDA estimates ‘15 drought damage topped $700 million