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Rains help east Oregon water picture
The water supply situation in eastern Oregon has improved a little because of a series of spring rainstorms, but it's still dire in certain parts.

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Pesticides, malnutrition blamed for massive bee die-off
A University of California-Davis expert urges bee producers to remove their hives from almond orchards earlier to avoid die-offs like one that occurred at the end of this year's almond blossom.
Rangen curtailment stay lifted
Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman has ruled groundwater pumpers affected by the Rangen, Inc., fish farm's water call fell short in their mitigation plan. Up to 38,000 cubic feet per second may be subject to curtailment on May 5...
Prices soar as drought stifles hay production
Prices soar as drought stifles hay production
Overall hay yields in California are expected to be down by more than 20 percent this year as the drought diminishes growers' ability to irrigate. The anticipated shortage is pushing hay prices higher.
New officers take the reins of Idaho FFA
New officers take the reins of Idaho FFA
Idaho's new state FFA officers are excited about the year ahead of serving members and promoting FFA goals. The officers were elected Saturday at the close of the 2014 State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls.
Small town to get grape crushing plant
A wine grape crushing facility is being planned for George, Wash., which will boost city revenues and may spark development of an industrial park.
Bill would allow farmers to be paid for improving water quality
A proposal that has been tabled for this year would allow farmers and ranchers to be paid to help other entities such as cities meet federally mandated water quality standards. Bill supporters plan to bring it back next year.
Idaho FFA taps Star members
Idaho FFA taps Star members
Four Idaho students join the elite ranks of state Star recipients during the 2014 State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls on Friday.
Judge sides with Forest Service on timber sale
An environmental group has failed to stop a 2,000-acre thinning project in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest.
Farmers sign on to Odessa water project
Farmers in Eastern Washington are preparing to spend $48 million to bring water from the Columbia River to their farms, replacing water from the declining aquifer. Construction is expected to begin this summer, says Darryll Olsen, with the Columbia-Snake...
Officials ready for ranchers seeking federal aid
Tuesday is the first day ranchers can sign up for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.

Livestock

Panel delays decision on California wolf listing
Prices soar as drought stifles hay production
Officials ready for ranchers seeking federal aid
WSU expert helps ranchers avoid pollution problems
Rabobank: Strong beef markets to continue

Dairy

Prices soar as drought stifles hay production
State issues CAFO fines for manure handling problems
Dairy groups welcome voluntary GMO labeling bill
Cheese price hemorrhaging may be over
Dairy product prices continue to move lower

Energy

Operator to reopen Madera ethanol plant

FFA

Ross: FFA members are the future of ag
New officers take the reins of Idaho FFA
Idaho FFA taps Star members
Idaho FFA officers reflect on their tenure
Canby FFA receives top Ag Fest award

Horses

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Disaster assistance available to orchardists, nurseries
Pesticides, malnutrition blamed for massive bee die-off
Small town to get grape crushing plant
Central Washington nursery sells its last trees
OSU launches craft beer project

Organic

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats unveil cheaper organic line
Organic apples may run out sooner than usual
Farm turns up the juice on organic cranberry business
Former Hamm’s brewery becomes Minnesota urban farm
Tilth program helps growers transition to organics

Outdoors

Research Center

Drone used to scout elk herd
WSU puts decision-making tools online for farmers
Experts weigh regulation of ag drones
Google Glass may become another farm tool
Climate ‘hubs’ to offer farmers help

Rural Life

Son makes his father proud with school project
Family builds honey of a business
Researcher pioneers variable-rate fumigation
Capital Press Calendar of Events

Timber

Judge sides with Forest Service on timber sale
Study: As logging declines, lawsuits continue
Volunteers enlisted to track Sudden Oak Death

Water

Rains help east Oregon water picture
Rangen curtailment stay lifted
Bill would allow farmers to be paid for improving water quality
Farmers sign on to Odessa water project
Idaho water situation continues to improve