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Forecasters now predict wet winter in California
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Forecasters now predict wet winter in California
The federal Climate Prediction Center now foresees a wet winter throughout California, particularly in areas south of Sacramento, as a result of a weak El Nino combining with the state's normal wet season. The updated prognosis comes as the U.S. Drought...

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Analysis questions organic-conventional yield gap
A new comprehensive analysis of several years of crop studies comparing conventional and organic production questions conventional wisdom about the yield gap between the two production methods.
Second wolf attack reported in Whitman County
Second wolf attack reported in Whitman County
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports a second wolf attack on livestock in Whitman County, at the same operation where a ewe was killed earlier in the month.
California gets more rain, big mudslide
Eight to 10 inches of snow accumulated in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, and 5 to 7 inches fell farther east in the San Bernardino Mountains.
EcoFarm 2015 to focus on climate change, food safety
EcoFarm 2015 to focus on climate change, food safety
Registration is being taken for the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, one of the West's largest gatherings for organic and environmentally concious producers. The Jan. 21-24 event in Pacific Grove, Calif., will include talks on climate change, food safety and bee...
Coyote Catalog program activated in North Dakota
State program links farmers with coyote hunters and trappers.
Conservation group to sue over water quality rule
A Bozeman-based group asserts that the EPA has failed to act on revised water quality rules submitted by the state in August.
Rice ‘strawlage’ researchers, growers working out the kinks
Rice ‘strawlage’ researchers, growers working out the kinks
Ranchers, rice growers and University of California Cooperative Extension researchers are still fine-tuning their methods for preparing rice straw for use as an affordable cattle feed. The use of "rice strawlage" has been popular this fall as the cost of...
Ranchers mostly pleased with omnibus bill
Public lands ranchers have a lot to be happy about in the government funding bill passed by both the House and Senate, from a pullback of EPA regulation to grazing and rangeland support. Trade and marketing provisions, however, are not pleasing everyone...
Cows missing from Pocatello butcher
Cows missing from Pocatello butcher
Two cows were reported stolen, and one missing cow was found. In an earlier incident, police shot another cow after it escaped.
CME cash dairy markets mixed
CME cash dairy markets mixed
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.

Livestock

Second wolf attack reported in Whitman County
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports a second wolf attack on livestock in Whitman County, at the same operation where a ewe was...
Coyote Catalog program activated in North Dakota
State program links farmers with coyote hunters and trappers.
Ranchers mostly pleased with omnibus bill
Cows missing from Pocatello butcher
Kansas boosts efforts to fight cattle theft

Dairy

United Dairymen of Idaho hires new business development director
Idaho dairy groups have hired a director for business deveolpment and processor relations.
CME cash dairy markets mixed
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
Chobani shows off new filtration system
Expiration of farm property tax exemptions proposed
Glanbia to expand Gooding, Twin Falls plants

Energy

Canyon County delays ethanol facility decision
Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commission members have again delayed making a decision on a request for a conditional use permit to build an...
Ethanol facility proposed in Southwestern Idaho
A proposed ethanol facility in Southwestern Idaho would convert barley and tubers into fuel. It's not the first ethanol facility proposed in the...

FFA

Horses

Equine influenza outbreak at vet hospital is under control, OSU says
The veterinarian teaching facility at OSU is treating horses for equine influenza.

Nursery

Expiration of farm property tax exemptions proposed
An Oregon bill proposes ending property tax exemptions for farms in 2018.
USDA grant boosts OSU pathogen research team
The USDA grant will help fund the work of six researchers.
Idaho nursery industry gets grants to reach consumers, businesses

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Cuba is potential market for PNW fruit
Cuba's economy and middle class need to grow for it to buy Pacific Northest tree fruit, industry leaders say.
Proposed water testing rules worry fruit growers
Tree fruit officials are concerned federal food safety rules will be a burden to orchard irrigation and one industry leader says the regs could...
Apple commission mulls tough year
Apple trade groups eye getting closer
Apple industry interested in changing labor law

Organic

Analysis questions organic-conventional yield gap
A new comprehensive analysis of several years of crop studies comparing conventional and organic production questions conventional wisdom about the...
EcoFarm 2015 to focus on climate change, food safety
Registration is being taken for the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, one of the West's largest gatherings for organic and environmentally concious producers.
Registration opens for Organicology 2015 in Portland
Judge: No added ballots for Measure 92 recount
Measure 92 supporters file lawsuit over recount

Outdoors

Research Center

Analysis questions organic-conventional yield gap
A new comprehensive analysis of several years of crop studies comparing conventional and organic production questions conventional wisdom about the...
Rice ‘strawlage’ researchers, growers working out the kinks
Ranchers, rice growers and University of California Cooperative Extension researchers are still fine-tuning their methods for preparing rice straw...
WSDA sleuths identify bugs for much of U.S.
Retiring OSU researchers honored
Hermiston extension center hires approved

Rural Life

Holy cow! Vatican to open pope’s farm to public
Soon, the public will be able to see the free-range hens housed in a majolica-decorated chicken coop, the ostriches, turkeys, rabbits and 80 cows...
Basic happiness: When you’re warm, well-fed and cared for
Columnist Ryan Taylor writes about life in the country.
National Finals Rodeo Results
Washington Parks proposes farmers pay to use trails
Citrus grower receives CFBF’s Lifetime Service Award

Timber

Group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label
The group's claims cover Plum Creek logging in Oregon’s Coast Range.
Land board seeks sale of Elliott State Forest
The Oregon State Land Board is considering a proposal that would provide it a way out of the long-running arrangement of logging the Elliott State...
Federal lands transfer could cost Idaho millions
Oregon drops idea of selling Elliott State Forest
Northern Idaho forest might offer more logging

Water

Forecasters now predict wet winter in California
The federal Climate Prediction Center now foresees a wet winter throughout California, particularly in areas south of Sacramento, as a result of a...
California gets more rain, big mudslide
Eight to 10 inches of snow accumulated in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, and 5 to 7 inches fell farther east in the San...
Conservation group to sue over water quality rule
Proposed water testing rules worry fruit growers
Water dispute nears end between tribes, government