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Herd expansion analysis shows cow-calf profits
Cow-calf operators won't see the $550 per cow profits they enjoyed in 2015 in the expansion years ahead, but there's still plenty of opportunity to profit.

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Nurseries recruit pest predators
Nurseries recruit pest predators
Nurseries are increasingly recruiting predatory insects for biocontrol of pests due to public wariness of insecticides, increased regulatory scrutiny and the decreasing efficacy of some chemicals.
City sees carbon credits as forest revenue source
City sees carbon credits as forest revenue source
Preserving forests can help store carbon and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. In turn, The Climate Trust pays forest owners such as Astoria, Ore., for the carbon credits, which are sold to companies to offset their use of...
Study launched on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia
Salmon runs on the upper Columbia and its tributaries were blocked first by Grand Coulee Dam, which was built in the 1930s, and later by Chief Joseph Dam.
Oregon snowpack at record lows
Oregon snowpack at record lows
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought spreading and intensifying across Oregon, except for the coast and the Willamette Valley.
New survey shows far less snow than last month in California
New survey shows far less snow than last month in California
The latest survey makes it likely that the drought will run through a fourth consecutive year.
New farm bill program benefiting Idaho farms and ranches
New farm bill program benefiting Idaho farms and ranches
Idaho has received USDA grants to help Blackfoot River ranchers improve diversions and to implement programs to stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
Biologists: Raising California dam would harm salmon
Shasta Lake is the state’s largest reservoir and provides irrigation water for farmers and drinking water to Californians, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bird flu quarantine lifted in Douglas County, Ore.
Oregon Department of Agriculture lifts quarantine imposed around where bird flu infected a non-commercial flock in Douglas County.
Environmental groups pose billion-dollar challenge to ag
Environmental groups pose billion-dollar challenge to ag
Standard farming and ranching practices are challenged by well funded environmental groups.
USDA cannot restrict GMO pine
USDA cannot restrict GMO pine
A genetically modified variety of pine developed by Arborgen cannot be restricted by USDA, the agency has determined.

Livestock

Herd expansion analysis shows cow-calf profits
Cow-calf operators won't see the $550 per cow profits they enjoyed in 2015 in the expansion years ahead, but there's still plenty of opportunity to...
Bird flu quarantine lifted in Douglas County, Ore.
Oregon Department of Agriculture lifts quarantine imposed around where bird flu infected a non-commercial flock in Douglas County.
Environmental groups pose billion-dollar challenge to ag
Potential E. coli contamination promptsWashington Beef recall
Wolf survey results ease restrictions for some Oregon ranchers

Dairy

IDFA: Regulations hinder innovation, opportunity
International Dairy Foods Association, representing processors, is calling for changes in milk pricing and product standards to allow for innovation...
Hilmar Jerseys wins dairy innovation award
A California dairy focused on animal wellfare was awarded 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year at the International Dairy Foods Association's...
Medford Darigold plant to close at end of February
Dairy markets regain some ground
Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’

Energy

House panel hears from ag reps on carbon tax
House Evironment Commitee holds hearing on bill to cap and tax carbon emissions.
Inslee’s cap-and-trade plan makes polluters pay
A question-and-answer feature on Washington state's climate change legislation.
Proximity to biodiesel plant not crucial, WSU economist says
Planning, zoning board deadlocks on proposed ethanol plant

FFA

Hundreds of Idaho FFA members meet with lawmakers, ag leaders
Five Idaho legislators were singled out for their support of agriculture Jan. 26 during the Idaho FFA's annual "Day on the Hill" event.
Mackay FFA Chapter Announces Breeding Livestock Project Participants for 2015

Every year the Mackay FFA Chapter has selected students to participate in the Breeding Livestock project via an interview process by community...

Mackay FFA Travels to Experience State Week
The Mackay FFA Chapter Bakes Christmas Cookies for the Mackay Community

Horses

Nursery

Official: Nursery imports may pose pest threat
Oregon's nurseries and forests share a common enemy, an invasive species specialist says.
Nurseries recruit pest predators
Nurseries are increasingly recruiting predatory insects for biocontrol of pests due to public wariness of insecticides, increased regulatory scrutiny...

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

New York growers eye China apple deal
Washington state exports 40 million bushels of apples a year, which is 10 million more than New York grows.
U.S., China open doors to apple trade
The U.S. apple industry has gained what it's wanted for 20 years, full varietal access into China. And China also gets into the U.S. with its apples,...
Rootstocks, drip irrigation keys to fighting apple replant disease
Oregon’s wine industry packs a surprising economic punch
SE Asia worried about too many apples

Organic

Nurseries recruit pest predators
Nurseries are increasingly recruiting predatory insects for biocontrol of pests due to public wariness of insecticides, increased regulatory scrutiny...
Governor seeks to expand Oregon’s GMO authority
A bill introduced at the behest of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber would increase the authority of state farm regulators to create "control areas" for...
Organic conference targets cover crops

Outdoors

Research Center

Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’
Simplot's new GMO potato, Innate, will be kept in a closed-loop, director of commercialization Kerwin Bradley said during the Washington-Oregon...
USDA cannot restrict GMO pine
A genetically modified variety of pine developed by Arborgen cannot be restricted by USDA, the agency has determined.
Idaho grower touts benefits of companion crops
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
WSU professor seeks GMO conversation

Rural Life

50th Colusa Farm Show kicks off event-filled week
The 50th annual Colusa Farm Show will be held next week, kicking off a busy week that also includes the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference and the...
Documentary chronicles evolution of high lift pumping on Snake River
A new documentary, 10 years in the making, chronicles the evolution of high-lift pumping to irrigate Snake River plateaus in Idaho. The film was...
Washington lawmakers: Don’t let farmland become wetlands
Teams show off potato peeling skills
‘Dryland’ makes waves across region

Timber

Official: Nursery imports may pose pest threat
Oregon's nurseries and forests share a common enemy, an invasive species specialist says.
City sees carbon credits as forest revenue source
Preserving forests can help store carbon and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. In turn, The Climate Trust pays forest...
USDA cannot restrict GMO pine
Forester teaches tree owners management
Environmentalists protest ‘test case’ logging project

Water

Low snow readings bring sense of doom to Calif. growers
Meager results from the season's second manual snow survey in California reinforce a sense of doom for farmers who realize that drought conditions...
Study launched on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia
Salmon runs on the upper Columbia and its tributaries were blocked first by Grand Coulee Dam, which was built in the 1930s, and later by Chief Joseph...
Oregon snowpack at record lows
New survey shows far less snow than last month in California
New farm bill program benefiting Idaho farms and ranches