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European barley variety shows promise for craft beers
A high-yielding barley variety ideal for irrigated farms brought in from Europe should fill a critical niche for the craft brewing industry.

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Ranchers like outlook for cattle prices
Ranchers like outlook for cattle prices
Prices aren't as good as last year, but ranchers like beef market.
Northern New England states fight invasive bugs
The emerald ash borer is a native of China that likely hitchhiked to the U.S. hidden in wood packing materials. It has destroyed millions of trees since being discovered in Michigan in 2002 and is now known to be in 25 states.
Nebraska governor criticizes new federal water rule
Nebraska is one of 13 states challenging the rule in federal court.
Drought happens: Proper planning, management helps ranchers
Drought happens: Proper planning, management helps ranchers
Columnist Doug Warnock writes about grazing issues.
Drought reduces hydroelectric output
Drought lowers river flows, electrical power output.
Advisor helps SJ Valley growers meet challenges, opportunities
Advisor helps SJ Valley growers meet challenges, opportunities
Maxwell Norton, the retiring director of the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Merced County, was in early pioneer in research into many of the issues that growers currently face in the San Joaquin Valley, including the need for...
Cantwell bill aims to address water issues in Yakima
The legislation would authorize projects and money for the first phase of a plan developed to meet competing water needs in the Yakima Basin.
Disagreement among allies strangles Washington wolf bill
Disagreement among allies strangles Washington wolf bill
The only wolf-related legislation with a chance of passing the Washington Legislature succumbed to a disagreement among allies.
Oregon adds century, sesquicentennial farms and ranches
Oregon adds century, sesquicentennial farms and ranches
Oregon farms that have been in continuous family operation for 100 or 150 years will be honored at the state fair in August.
Lawyers outline Idaho reservoir refill resolution
Lawyers outline Idaho reservoir refill resolution
A negotiated settlement earlier this year in the upper Snake water system firms up the right to physically fill a reservoir even if the accounting shows it full on paper and establishes the right to refill water evacuated for flood control.

Livestock

Ranchers like outlook for cattle prices
Prices aren't as good as last year, but ranchers like beef market.
Drought happens: Proper planning, management helps ranchers
Columnist Doug Warnock writes about grazing issues.
Disagreement among allies strangles Washington wolf bill
National science panel opens review of livestock disease
‘Ag gag’ opponents point to free speech ruling

Dairy

Cheese prices continue to lose ground
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
Chobani selected as Greek yogurt provider for school lunches
Chobani was selected as the exclusive provider after it successfully led a Greek yogurt pilot program over the past year.
Community leaders, public tour Meridian dairy
‘Ag gag’ opponents point to free speech ruling
New Washington dairy ambassador selected

Energy

Drought reduces hydroelectric output
Drought lowers river flows, electrical power output.
Two solar farms proposed in Central Oregon
The proposed solar facilities would cover about 70 acres zoned for farming and produce a combined 20 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to power...
Photos of ruptured oil pipeline provide clues of spill cause
US gasoline prices rise 3 cents to $2.87 a gallon

FFA

FFA students build hog loading ramp for Shasta fair
FFA members from Cottonwood, Calif., made a hog loading ramp and donated it to the Shasta District Fair at the request of a fair supporters' group.

Horses

Summer roundup approved for horse range in Pryor Mountains
The horse range includes 38,000 acres of public land.
Pony Express riders to set off for California
The National Pony Express Association is hosting the event.
Horse farm owner pleads guilty to cruelty charges

Nursery

Washington confines gypsy moth search to westside
Washington State Department of Agriculture's summer search for gypsy moths will be confined to west of the Cascades.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says
Drought-related stress on trees will likely lead to a slightly smaller almond crop in California this year, industry officials have predicted. The...
Water utility teams up with farmers to fight hazelnut worms
Using mating disruption techniques against moths helped hazelnut growers reduce pesticide use along the McKenzie River, which provides drinking water...
Domex ships Gala apples to China
Grant aimed at helping Idaho’s table grape industry
S. Oregon pear growers take steps to keep fruit cool

Organic

REIT purchases 6,000 acres of Willamette Valley farmland
A real estate investment trust has bought a family farm company in Oregon's Willamette Valley and plans to convert much of its acreage to organic...
Portland’s Zenger Farm bridges urban, rural divide
Portland non-profit opens the Urban Grange at the city-owned Zenger Farm property. The facility has 6,600 square feet of kitchen, classroom, meeting...
2 men charged in California pot grow inside national forest
USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles
Foragers finding greens, mushrooms and more

Outdoors

Nevada trapper fined for violations that damaged wildlife
A judge also ordered the trapper to serve consecutive jail sentences of five days for each count.

Research Center

European barley variety shows promise for craft beers
A high-yielding barley variety ideal for irrigated farms brought in from Europe should fill a critical niche for the craft brewing industry.
Heat, herbicide-resistant barley on Spillman Field Day agenda
Washington State University showcases its grain and legume research July 14 in Pullman, Wash.
Drought happens: Proper planning, management helps ranchers
OSU researchers study warm-water mass off West Coast
Idaho sustainability program improving yields, efficiency

Rural Life

Advisor helps SJ Valley growers meet challenges, opportunities
Maxwell Norton, the retiring director of the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Merced County, was in early pioneer in research...
Oregon adds century, sesquicentennial farms and ranches
Oregon farms that have been in continuous family operation for 100 or 150 years will be honored at the state fair in August.
Gallery to feature National Farm Workers Association co-founder
Burns Airport adds fuel truck to aid firefighting flights
Kids, cattle: Seeing the beauty in it all

Timber

Northern New England states fight invasive bugs
The emerald ash borer is a native of China that likely hitchhiked to the U.S. hidden in wood packing materials. It has destroyed millions of trees...
Burns Airport adds fuel truck to aid firefighting flights
With fire season coming on hot and fast, a Southeast Oregon community bolsters its defenses.
Forestry officials, woodland owners prepare for fire season
Logger dies while topping tree in southwestern Washington
Drought-empowered bug infestations killing trees in Sierra

Water

Idaho aquifer agreement finalized
Irrigators with Idaho's Surface Water Coalition and groundwater users with Idaho Groundwater Appropriators, Inc., have finalized an agreement that...
Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says
Drought-related stress on trees will likely lead to a slightly smaller almond crop in California this year, industry officials have predicted. The...
Nebraska governor criticizes new federal water rule
Drought reduces hydroelectric output
Cantwell bill aims to address water issues in Yakima