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Northwest hydropower study due in five years
Northwest hydropower study due in five years
Federaul authorities must studythe environmental effects of altered Northwest hydropower operations by 2021.

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Meridian FFA ‘Learns to Do, Does to Learn and Earns to Live’ at Canyon County Fair
Meridian FFA ‘Learns to Do, Does to Learn and Earns to Live’ at Canyon County Fair
The fair gives Meridian FFA members the chance to show and sell the livestock they’ve been raising.
Nurseries should prepare for next recession, economist says
Nurseries should prepare for next recession, economist says
Charlie Hall, a horticulture economist at Texas A&M University, advises nurseries to prepare for the next recession.
Drought returns to Washington’s westside
Drought returns to Washington’s westside
The U.S. Drought Monitor has classified all or parts of five counties in Western Washington as being in a "moderate drought," the first time any portion of the state west of the Cascades has been in a drought since November.
Pistachio growers poised for record crop
Pistachio growers poised for record crop
Pistachio growers in California are set to have a record crop after a couple of disappointing seasons caused by drought and a lack of winter chiling hours.
Sorghum facility would provide farmers with stable rotation crop
Sorghum facility would provide farmers with stable rotation crop
A planned sorghum processing facility near Parma, Idaho, is expected to benefit farmers and dairymen in the area.
Spokane Ag Expo invites photo contest entries
The Spokane Ag Expo announces its annual photo contest.
Researchers modifying yeast to turn ag residue into biofuel
A Wisconsin company is looking at making biofuel from ag residues such as corn stover and wheat straw.
UC-Davis testing fertilizer that turns ‘farm-to-fork’ on its head
UC-Davis testing fertilizer that turns ‘farm-to-fork’ on its head
Researchers at the University of California-Davis are trying out a natural fertilizer made from food waste on a newly planted almond orchard to see if it can help growers reduce nitrogen leaching while preserving crop development.
Idaho seeks growers’ input on pollinator plan
Idaho seeks growers’ input on pollinator plan
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is soliciting input from agricultural organizations and other interest groups to help draft a statewide pollinator protection plan.
EPA: Mine waste overflows Colorado treatment plant
The EPA hasn’t identified the metals or quantities that were released in the incident Tuesday near the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado.

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Livestock

Bird flu resurfaces in Alaska
Highly pathogenic bird flu has been found in a mallard duck in Alaska, the first time the virus has been discovered in a migratory waterfowl in at...
WDFW: 4 more wolves in Profanity Peak pack shot
Washington wildlife managers have now shot a total of six wolves in the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County.
To attract consumers, beef producers should try a little grass-fed tenderness
Cloning beef cattle for meat quality sparks debate
ODFW: Calf found in pond had been attacked by wolves

Dairy

USDA to buy $20 million worth of surplus cheese
USDA's $20 million purchase of cheese to assistant dairy producers isn't expected to have much impact on milk prices.
Cheese prices up; butter slips
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
U.S. dairy herd largest since 2008
Opportunity ahead for U.S. dairy exporters
When in trouble, What’s Upstream went to EPA regional head

Energy

Sorghum facility would provide farmers with stable rotation crop
A planned sorghum processing facility near Parma, Idaho, is expected to benefit farmers and dairymen in the area.

FFA

Meridian FFA ‘Learns to Do, Does to Learn and Earns to Live’ at Canyon County Fair
The fair gives Meridian FFA members the chance to show and sell the livestock they’ve been raising.
Six Meridian FFA members ‘scramble’ to win $1,000 at Snake River Stampede
Meridian, Idaho, FFA members scramble to put a halter on calves and receive money to purchase one.

Horses

Groups file lawsuits to stop plan to spay wild horses
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and The Cloud Foundation jointly filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.

Nursery

Nurseries should prepare for next recession, economist says
Charlie Hall, a horticulture economist at Texas A&M University, advises nurseries to prepare for the next recession.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Pistachio growers poised for record crop
Pistachio growers in California are set to have a record crop after a couple of disappointing seasons caused by drought and a lack of winter chiling...
Idaho seeks growers’ input on pollinator plan
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is soliciting input from agricultural organizations and other interest groups to help draft a statewide...
Drought, labor costs concern table olive growers in down year
USDA projects 38,000-ton hazelnut crop
African vineyard’s duck parade doubles as pest control

Organic

Organic seed supply lags demand as industry grows
A new report shows that the state of the nation's organic seed industry has improved in the last five years but it also says significant work still...
Merger sparks organic milk competition worries
An organic industry watchdog worries that a planned merger between two major dairy companies will hurt prices for organic farmers.

Outdoors

Research Center

Researchers modifying yeast to turn ag residue into biofuel
A Wisconsin company is looking at making biofuel from ag residues such as corn stover and wheat straw.
UC-Davis testing fertilizer that turns ‘farm-to-fork’ on its head
Researchers at the University of California-Davis are trying out a natural fertilizer made from food waste on a newly planted almond orchard to see...
Cloning beef cattle for meat quality sparks debate
Thai farmers launch sting operation to stop elephants
Idaho sorghum to be used in ‘paper’ products

Rural Life

More farmland rented by established operators
A USDA study shows nearly 40 percent of U.S. cropland is rented, and raises questions about land ownership as older farmers retire.
Spokane Ag Expo invites photo contest entries
The Spokane Ag Expo announces its annual photo contest.
Harvest links Oregon farmers to flour mills of Asia
Crop mob descends on Vermont farm to harvest and weed crops
High country wheat harvest a family show

Timber

Washington fire sparks suit over federal firefighting powers
An environmental group has sued to invalidate a federal rule that allows fire incident commanders to suspend environmental rules.
Audit: Forestry department stretched too thin
The audit says the forestry department is fighting more severe fires with about the same number of employees it had 20 years ago.
Timber companies end public access to land due to fire risk
Environmentalists sue over forest thinning plan in Oregon
Oregon, county spar over timber lawsuit seeking $1.4 billion

Water

Northwest hydropower study due in five years
Federaul authorities must studythe environmental effects of altered Northwest hydropower operations by 2021.
Drones help California farmers save every drop of water
In the drought-prone West, where every drop of water counts, California farmers are in a constant search for ways to efficiently use the increasingly...
Drought returns to Washington’s westside
EPA: Mine waste overflows Colorado treatment plant
Researchers get $1 million to study Utah Lake algae blooms