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Cheese prices still climbing
Cheese prices still climbing
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.

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Winter storm bears down on Oregon, SW Washington
The National Weather Service says the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington could get 3 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday
Grocer Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push
Grocer starts to strengthen same-day deliveries, a meal-kit business and other products that cater to customers who want fast service.
Cold snap brings freeze, frost warnings to California
California is in the grip of a cold air mass that has sent temperatures plunging
California weighs permanent restrictions for water wasters
U.S. drought monitors last week declared that nearly half the state, all of it in Southern California, is now back in drought.
Consumer group backs states in egg, meat lawsuits
Consumer group backs states in egg, meat lawsuits
The Center for Consumer Freedom is supporting legal challenges brought by several states concerning laws in California and Massachusetts that discriminate against conventionally produced eggs, pork and veal.
Livestock Hall of Fame to honor new inductees
The banquet will open with social time at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Washington rancher shot wolf thinking it may be dog
Washington rancher shot wolf thinking it may be dog
Washington ranchers give account of wolf shooting
Idaho bill clarifies who owns stock watering rights on federal land
Idaho bill clarifies who owns stock watering rights on federal land
A bill that would further codify in state law a landmark Idaho Supreme Court decision on who owns stock watering rights on federally administered land has been sent to the House floor with a “do-pass” recommendation.
Study seeks heifers that do best on range
Study seeks heifers that do best on range
The Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center near Salmon, Idaho, has begun a study to evaluate groups of heifers in two different environments — range and pasture.
Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest returns
Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest returns
Weekend hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

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Livestock

Consumer group backs states in egg, meat lawsuits
The Center for Consumer Freedom is supporting legal challenges brought by several states concerning laws in California and Massachusetts that...
Livestock Hall of Fame to honor new inductees
The banquet will open with social time at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Washington rancher shot wolf thinking it may be dog
Study seeks heifers that do best on range
Elk herds horn in on cattle pastures

Dairy

Cheese prices still climbing
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.
Livestock Hall of Fame to honor new inductees
The banquet will open with social time at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Organic group responds in lawsuit against USDA
Fluid milk and cream review — West
USDA, dairy industry team up on environmental stewardship

Energy

Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval
A year into his tenure, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has emerged as the point person for the administration’s goal of American “energy...
Hemp, wolf and carbon bills clear House Ag Committee
The House Agriculture Committee has approved three bills dealing with hemp, wolves and carbon, but they must clear the Joint Ways and Means Committee...
Wallowa ranchers pursue energy projects
Democrats say Interior boss withheld key facts
Denied mic, foes of offshore drilling plan hold rallies

FFA

Washington FFA students attend leadership conferences
Washington FFA students attended the 212 Degrees and 360 Degrees leadership conferences in Randle, Wash., focused on setting goals and assessing...
Four Washington FFA state officers tour South Africa
Four members of the Washington FFA state officer team recently toured South Africa, where they learned about trade relations, career opportunities...
Meridian FFA students ‘Speak Up!’
Qunicy FFA members attend leadership workshop
Rodeo champion offers message of inspiration to FFA members

Horses

Animal rights advocates square off over horse birth control
The Humane Society of the U.S. will be allowed to defend treating wild horses with birth control while another animal rights group, Friends of...
Pacelle resigns as CEO of Humane Society of the U.S.
Allegations of sexual harassment cause him to leave organization.
Critics say Nevada plan for free-roaming horses is illegal

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Wine foundation raises $160,000
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation raised more than $160,000 at a recent event to support programs, projects and scholarships.
Beekeeper calls pollinator protection bill an overreaction
An Oregon congressman has reintroduced a bill to ban certain pesticides to protect honeybees. One of Washington’s largest beekeepers says...
Washington apple crop size, prices dip
Minor hop states move to build acreage
Crows crowd downtown Portland: Enter the hawk

Organic

New techniques murky for organic breeders
Manipulating plants short of genetic engineering is a murky area for organic breeders.
Organic group responds in lawsuit against USDA
A USDA motion to dismiss a lawsuit over its delays in implementing new organic livestock and poultry standards hinges on a lack of evidence of injury...
Soil-health pioneer shares five basic tenets of healthy soil
Animal agriculture organizations mum on HSUS sex scandal
WSU Bread Lab receives $1.5 million endowment

Outdoors

Juvenile Pleads Guilty To Starting Eagle Creek Fire
Judge sentenced teenager to five years of probation, 1,920 hours of community service.
Winter storm bears down on Oregon, SW Washington
The National Weather Service says the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington could get 3 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday
Cold snap brings freeze, frost warnings to California
California weighs permanent restrictions for water wasters
US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

Research Center

Report: EU would squeeze US juice, whiskey in trade spat
EU may target U.S. agricultural products, but also whiskey and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
New techniques murky for organic breeders
Manipulating plants short of genetic engineering is a murky area for organic breeders.
Grocer Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push
Study seeks heifers that do best on range
Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval

Rural Life

Winter storm bears down on Oregon, SW Washington
The National Weather Service says the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington could get 3 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday
Cold snap brings freeze, frost warnings to California
California is in the grip of a cold air mass that has sent temperatures plunging
Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest returns
Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee rural California
New UI Extension course helps landowners manage small, rural acreage

Timber

Hemp, wolf and carbon bills clear House Ag Committee
The House Agriculture Committee has approved three bills dealing with hemp, wolves and carbon, but they must clear the Joint Ways and Means Committee...
Carbon sequestration proposed as ‘cap-and-trade’ alternative
Oregon regulators would study sequestering carbon in forests under a proposed bill.
Rural Lane County residents fight aerial herbicide spraying
Oregon upgrades marbled murrelet to ‘endangered’
Expert: 2017 Montana fire season worst in at least 100 years

Water

California weighs permanent restrictions for water wasters
U.S. drought monitors last week declared that nearly half the state, all of it in Southern California, is now back in drought.
Idaho bill clarifies who owns stock watering rights on federal land
A bill that would further codify in state law a landmark Idaho Supreme Court decision on who owns stock watering rights on federally administered...
US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels
Low snow shuts down Eastern Sierra winter recreation zone
Locks on Columbia, Snake rivers to close for repairs, maintenance