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Report: Weak farm economy leading to fewer farm loans
More farm loan applications are being rejected in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states in reaction to weak farm commodity prices and income

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Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming
Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming
U.S. government water managers say a vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019
Kudlow: China is sending team to Washington to talk trade
The world’s two biggest economies are battling over China’s aggressive campaign to challenge American technological dominance.
GOP’s McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling
McCarthy defended the federal tax overhaul and the escalating tariff feud with China, which is expected to hit American farmers hard.
Vale BLM sets Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp
Vale BLM sets Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp
Completion paves way for working in the 2019 wildfire season.
Small grains harvest in the final stages in South Dakota
South Dakota's small grains harvest is in the final stages
Gianforte, Williams hold meetings on wilderness study areas
Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and his Democratic challenger, Kathleen Williams, are both bringing Gianforte's proposal to release hundreds of thousands of acres of land from study for federal protection to the forefront of the campaign
Stripe rust season: ‘A good year for farmers’
Stripe rust season: ‘A good year for farmers’
Stripe rust was “quite normal” in commercial fields, a USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist says.
Dairy industry faces marketing challenges
Dairy industry faces marketing challenges
Dairy leaders urge industry players to get involved in building consumer trust and fighting baseless absence-claims and the use of dairy terminology on non-dairy products.
Oregon co-op launches first optical sorting line for pears
Oregon co-op launches first optical sorting line for pears
Diamond Fruit Growers, of Hood River, Ore., has invested in the first ever optical sorting line designed specifically for pears.
Ben & Jerry’s has new CEO focused on social impact
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry has a new CEO who has challenged the company to "double its social impact."

Marketplace

Livestock

State agency has made no decision on killing wolves
Washington’s policy allows killing wolves if they prey on livestock three times in a 30-day period.
Texas shrimp farmers try new technology to prevent disease
It was a Texas-sized shrimp dream, to breed crustaceans far from shore but close to transportation hubs that would speed fresh seafood to restaurants...
As drought lingers, Texas ranchers opt to reduce their herds
WDFW sets traps for Togo wolfpack
Washington county tallying elk damage to farms

Dairy

Dairy industry faces marketing challenges
Dairy leaders urge industry players to get involved in building consumer trust and fighting baseless absence-claims and the use of dairy terminology...
Dairy farmers seek solution to ‘desperate times’
One proposal, by the California Dairy Campaign, would allow U.S. dairy farmers to profitably grow with the flow of demand and not at a rate that...
USDA to spend $50 million on milk for food aid
Lee Mielke: Dairy markets continue upward
Idaho dairy research center gains traction

Energy

Group says US energy panel stacked with industry supporters
Critics allege the panel has made one-sided recommendations that favor industry and weaken environmental protections.

FFA

Goldendale FFA chapter chosen for national competition
In addition, eighth-grade Goldendale FFA members Nick Bowdish and Mackenzie Dahl were selected as Agriscience finalists.
Youth ranch continues to grow, looks to future
The number of students using the Jensen Memorial Youth Ranch in Medical Lake, Wash., for their FFA and 4-H livestock projects is growing, volunteer...

Horses

Eco-terror defendant arrested in Cuba after 12 years on run
Authorities say a former Seattle man wanted in connection with an eco-terrorism conspiracy dating back two decades has been arrested in Cuba
Western hay price report
According to the NASS Crop Production report Aug. 10, California Alfalfa and Alfalfa Mixtures area harvested for 2018 is 730,000 acres with a yield...
Many plants can be poisonous to pets and livestock
Some Beatty residents say burro herd is causing problems
Western hay price report

Nursery

Many plants can be poisonous to pets and livestock
Poisonous plants can harm your pets or livestock. Learn to recognize toxic weeds and their symptoms.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Oregon co-op launches first optical sorting line for pears
Diamond Fruit Growers, of Hood River, Ore., has invested in the first ever optical sorting line designed specifically for pears.
Sisters nurture legacy at family orchard
The first fruit trees were planted in 1906 by the current owners’ great grandfather, who came to the area from Pennsylvania.
Western Innovator: Fresno County orchard produces 150 varieties of fruit
UI to host annual Fruit Field Day, research tours
Europe foresees record apple crop

Organic

Western Innovator: Fresno County orchard produces 150 varieties of fruit
Blossom Bluff Orchards, produces roughly 150 different varieties of organic tree fruit.
Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry
Small family operated organic dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business while large confined animal...
Idaho farmer experiments with ancient, landrace grains
Mechanical weed control topic of workshop, demonstrations

Outdoors

US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires
The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and...
We’re Putting More Homes On Wild Lands And In The Path Of Wildfires
Wildfire risk is increasing as more people move into places where cul-de-sac meets forest or sagebrush.
State agency has made no decision on killing wolves
Gianforte, Williams hold meetings on wilderness study areas
Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

Research Center

Report: Weak farm economy leading to fewer farm loans
More farm loan applications are being rejected in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states in reaction to weak farm commodity prices and income
Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming
U.S. government water managers say a vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and U.S. Southwest for the next...
Kudlow: China is sending team to Washington to talk trade
GOP’s McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling
Small grains harvest in the final stages in South Dakota

Rural Life

We’re Putting More Homes On Wild Lands And In The Path Of Wildfires
Wildfire risk is increasing as more people move into places where cul-de-sac meets forest or sagebrush.
Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze
A blaze that destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and killed eight people started with a spark from a vehicle driving on a flat tire.
Utah firefighter who died in California offered to help
Wildfire Smoke Causing Poor Air Quality Across Northwest
Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it

Timber

US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires
The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and...
Vale BLM sets Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp
Completion paves way for working in the 2019 wildfire season.
Gianforte, Williams hold meetings on wilderness study areas
Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision enters home stretch
Boise Cascade: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

Water

Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming
U.S. government water managers say a vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and U.S. Southwest for the next...
Irrigation districts partner on strategic vision for Deschutes Basin
The Deschutes Basin Board of Control and nonprofit Coalition for the Deschutes have jointly developed and signed a memorandum that outlines a shared...
5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill
Idaho sends curtailment orders to groundwater users
EPA reconsiders Washington state’s contentious water rules