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New bioengineering lab benefits UMass Dartmouth students
Students study bacteria that come from the soil or other natural environments that produce compounds.

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Grafting company stays busy
Grafting company stays busy
Jose Lujano and his sons are busy this time of year with their seasonal, Yakima-based business, grafting fruit trees in orchards througout Central Washington. It's a way of switching tree varieties.
Expected drought shows need for water projects
Expected drought shows need for water projects
An irrigation district serving the Kittitas Valley may not have water to last the season because of drought and that only emphasizes the need for planned reservoir enhancements, an irrigation district board member says.
Oregon farm zone changes raise concerns
Bills that change allowable uses in farm zones have made farm and property rights groups uncomfortable, albeit for different reasons.
Wyoming ag committee focuses on rustling
Cattle theft presents a unique challenge for law enforcement. In Wyoming, four brand investigators cover the entire state.
Congress in no hurry to pass meat-labeling fix
Congress in no hurry to pass meat-labeling fix
Congress is apparently waiting for the outcome of the U.S.' appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling against its mandatory meat-labeling rule before crafting a bill to avert potential trade sanctions by Canada and Mexico, which complain the rule...
Apple commission discusses GM position
With U.S. and Canadian approval of genetically-modified apples, the Washington Apple Commission is discussing it future position on the issue.
Bill grants livestock producers capital gains tax deduction
A bill that has passed the Idaho Legislature would ensure that partners in a livestock operation are treated the same as other industries when it comes to a state tax deduction for capital gains.
One Washington, two sides
One Washington, two sides
Washington's east-west divide predates statehood and endures.
Slugs remain a mystery, experts say
Slugs remain a mystery, experts say
Farmers and researchers recently discussed the mysteries surrounding slugs at Oregon State University's "Slug Summit," in Salem, Ore., on March 25.
Recent rains could improve outlook for Texas cattle herds
Recent rains could improve outlook for Texas cattle herds
If ranchers become more optimistic and start buying cattle, it would take about three years to rebuild their herds and drive down beef prices. Live cattle were trading at $1.62 a pound Tuesday, compared with 95 cents in 2010 — before the drought...

Livestock

Wyoming ag committee focuses on rustling
Cattle theft presents a unique challenge for law enforcement. In Wyoming, four brand investigators cover the entire state.
Congress in no hurry to pass meat-labeling fix
Congress is apparently waiting for the outcome of the U.S.' appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling against its mandatory meat-labeling rule...
Bill grants livestock producers capital gains tax deduction
Recent rains could improve outlook for Texas cattle herds
Coalition challenges agencies’ science on sage grouse

Dairy

Bill grants livestock producers capital gains tax deduction
A bill that has passed the Idaho Legislature would ensure that partners in a livestock operation are treated the same as other industries when it...
Mid-March dairy prices heading lower
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
Plunge in milk prices stresses N.Y. dairy farmers
‘Obamacow’ bill to help Missouri’s dairy industry heads to governor
Dairy price outlook not as rosy as futures market

Energy

FFA

Oregon’s changing FFA elects slate of state leaders
At Oregon's state FFA convention, new energy and leadership emerge.
Oregon state FFA convention begins Friday
The Oregon FFA state convention begins March 20 in Silverton.

Horses

Nursery

Regulators seek authority to revoke nursery shipping permits
Legislation would give Oregon farm regulators the power to revoke nursery shipping permits.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
California strawberry production is off to a fast start in 2015 because of warm afternoons and a lack of rainfall in the state's prime growing...
Apple commission not eager to promote clubs
An idea of promoting club apple varieties wasn't embraced by the Washington Apple Commission at a recent meeting.
Grafting company stays busy
Apple commission discusses GM position
U.S. honey production up in 2014, but colony losses continue

Organic

Rural county finds booming business in organic grains
Organic grain farmers turn to a rural elevator to store their wheat, barley, oats and corn harvested in northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and...
Five myths dispelled about organic certification
Myths about organic farming are easily dispelled, experts say.
Online organic bulletin board helps buyers, sellers

Outdoors

Research Center

New bioengineering lab benefits UMass Dartmouth students
Students study bacteria that come from the soil or other natural environments that produce compounds.
With perennial rice at hand, is perennial wheat far behind?
Researchers in China and Australia are close to releasing a perennial rice. U.S. researchers are mixed on how long it will take to release a...
Slugs remain a mystery, experts say
Exotic termites cross breed in Florida, worrying researchers
UCLA study suggests walnuts can improve cognitive ability

Rural Life

Oregon farm zone changes raise concerns
Bills that change allowable uses in farm zones have made farm and property rights groups uncomfortable, albeit for different reasons.
One Washington, two sides
Washington's east-west divide predates statehood and endures.
Idaho grain, cattle producers agree on ‘open range’ plan
Ranch projects put off by procrastination
Washington ag groups sow interest at Capitol

Timber

Lawmakers consider reforms to herbicide spraying rules
Sen. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and says current regulations are not...
Forester no stranger to controversy
Forester Norm Johnson is no stranger to controversy.
U.S. housing uptick could help Montana timber industry

Water

Expected drought shows need for water projects
An irrigation district serving the Kittitas Valley may not have water to last the season because of drought and that only emphasizes the need for...
Washington Ecology details drought relief budget
Washington Department of Ecology's proposed drought budget calls for withholding $4 million until conditions worsen in the Yakima Basin.
Lawmakers to vote on $1B water plan amid drought
Klamath water transfer bill draws suspicion
Bill to help in Wood River Valley call