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Washington irrigators alter drought project
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Washington irrigators alter drought project
Manual labor replaced the idea of pumps to get more water from wilderness lakes for Wenatchee Valley pear growers.

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Fresno State drought study seeks consensus on water use
Fresno State drought study seeks consensus on water use
Water experts at California State University-Fresno hope their study of drought impacts in the San Joaquin Valley leads to consensus on how to share limited water resources.
Program pairs veterans with ag careers
Program pairs veterans with ag careers
The Spokane Conservation District is reaching out to veterans about pursuing a career in agriculture.
Sequim tries sending reclaimed water to farms during drought
If the trial run is successful, city officials say they hope to expand the project to serve more farms.
OSU ag college recruiting for multiple faculty, staff positions
OSU ag college recruiting for multiple faculty, staff positions
A jolt of funding from the Oregon Legislature is allowing OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences to add faculty positions.
Dairy prices ride a roller coaster
Dairy prices ride a roller coaster
Columnist Lee Mielke rounds up the week's dairy news.
Drought threatens westside water rights, Washington ecology warns
Drought threatens westside water rights, Washington ecology warns
Washington Department of Ecology warns irrigators in King and Snohomish counties that their water rights could be curtailed if the drought carries over into next year.
UI Extension prioritizes forage in East Idaho
UI Extension prioritizes forage in East Idaho
University of Idaho is asking Eastern Idaho Extension educators to increase their focus on forage production.
Nurseries told to stop overwhelming consumers with info
Nurseries told to stop overwhelming consumers with info
Nurseries should resist the temptation to overwhelm consumers with plant information, participants were told at the recent Farwest Show.
Injunction against federal water rule may expand
Judge has set deadline to receive briefs arguing for or against expanding injunction to all 50 states.
Prize-winning state fair steer to go to food bank
Cascade High School students have been raising the steer, named Red Box, with the intention to donate his beef to the Marion-Polk Food Share

Livestock

Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece
Champion shearer Ian Elkins said the sheep appeared to be in good condition after being separated from his huge fleece.
WDFW hires wolf consultant, who closes another meeting
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has hired a consultant to bring peace between parties at odds over how the state should manage wolves.
Prize-winning state fair steer to go to food bank
California water board may scrap statewide grazing regs
Vilsack announces expanded sage grouse program

Dairy

Dairy expansion proposals stir controversy
Proposed dairy expansion plans in Oregon have come under fire from vegans and animal rights activists.
OSU ag college recruiting for multiple faculty, staff positions
A jolt of funding from the Oregon Legislature is allowing OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences to add faculty positions.
Dairy prices ride a roller coaster
UI to test new water filtration system on dairies
Cooperative helps drought-stricken member dairies

Energy

Crop that can be made into jet fuel shows promise
Carinata looks similar to the oilseed canola, but a little bushier and can be made into jet fuel.
Well irrigators pleased with shorter renewable power contracts
Idaho ground water irrigators support a recent order by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission shortening the mandatory length of certain contracts...
Idaho PUC shortens PURPA contracts

FFA

Chelan FFA advisor loses home to wildfire
Chelan FFA advisor Rod Cool and his family lost their home in the fires burning around Chelan, Wash.

Horses

In Washington, West Nile virus makes a comeback
Washington state is seeing its worst summer for West Nile virus since 2009. The state veterinarian urges horse owners to vaccinate their animals.

Nursery

Nurseries told to stop overwhelming consumers with info
Nurseries should resist the temptation to overwhelm consumers with plant information, participants were told at the recent Farwest Show.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Sonoma wine grape growers voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent
Growers operating 68 properties with vineyards in the northern San Francisco Bay area are the latest to agree to voluntarily cut their water use by...
Farmers, public gather at UI’s Fruit Field Day
Researchers say they have developed all new types of fruit now grown in Idaho, including varieties of peaches, nectarines, apples, plums and grapes.
Oregon’s wine grape harvest is off to an early start, and looks good
Oregon hazelnut harvest expected to increase over 2014
Stemilt Basin drought grant approved

Organic

Outdoors

Research Center

OSU ag college recruiting for multiple faculty, staff positions
A jolt of funding from the Oregon Legislature is allowing OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences to add faculty positions.
UI Extension prioritizes forage in East Idaho
University of Idaho is asking Eastern Idaho Extension educators to increase their focus on forage production.
UI to test new water filtration system on dairies
Farmers, public gather at UI’s Fruit Field Day
Researchers study shrinking Washington state glacier

Rural Life

Program pairs veterans with ag careers
The Spokane Conservation District is reaching out to veterans about pursuing a career in agriculture.
Prize-winning state fair steer to go to food bank
Cascade High School students have been raising the steer, named Red Box, with the intention to donate his beef to the Marion-Polk Food Share
It’s the end of the trail for Cowboy Logic
Feds hope to ramp up native plant seed production
Celebration of life planned for Chauncey M. Hubbard

Timber

Wyden seeks change in Forest Service wildfire budgeting
A "terrible trifecta" of drought, heat and fuel build-up set the stage for the West's wildfires, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said. A change in the federal...
Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs
The state of Oregon has budgeted $50 million annually to pay for fighting wildfires and has insurance to cover expenses above that.
Wildfires continue to march across dry West
’I wish it was me’: Families mourn fallen firefighters
Wildfire season ‘new normal,’ Forest Service chief says; Brown sends in National Guard

Water

Washington irrigators alter drought project
Manual labor replaced the idea of pumps to get more water from wilderness lakes for Wenatchee Valley pear growers.
Dairy expansion proposals stir controversy
Proposed dairy expansion plans in Oregon have come under fire from vegans and animal rights activists.
Fresno State drought study seeks consensus on water use
Sequim tries sending reclaimed water to farms during drought
Drought threatens westside water rights, Washington ecology warns