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WSU crop tours to answer disease questions, highlight new varieties
WSU crop tours to answer disease questions, highlight new varieties
Stripe rust, snow mold and falling numbers will be on farmers’ minds during Washington State University’s annual crop tour schedule.

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Almond board to spend $4.7 million for grower efficiency
Almond board to spend $4.7 million for grower efficiency
The Almond Board of California announced another round of research grants to enhance such things as water use efficiency, dust reduction and groundwater recharge.
Chelan FFA hosts District VII leadership development event
Chelan FFA hosts District VII leadership development event
Chelan had three speakers in the Creed LDE and one in the Prepared Public Speaking LDE.
Fire destroys fruit packing shed in Wenatchee
Fire destroys fruit packing shed in Wenatchee
A small fruit packing company in Wenatchee, Wash., lost its main packing shed in a fire of undetermined origin the evening of March 24.
Malheur Siphon fix will cost more than $1 million
Malheur Siphon fix will cost more than $1 million
Work could begin this year on a project to fix the Malheur Siphon, which carries irrigation water to thousands of acres of farmland on the Owyhee Irrigation District.
Western fluid milk and cream review

FLUID MILK AND CREAM REVIEW – WEST

(USDA Market News)

Madison, Wis.

March 23

California milk production is up this week. The weather is currently warmer, and some dairy handlers are still recovering from the preceding...

Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse
Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse
Late-season grazing leaves in place for longer the grasses and other vegetation that sage grouse nest in, increasing their breeding success, researchers concluded.
Wolves wipe out chickens, geese at NE Oregon residence
Wolves wipe out chickens, geese at NE Oregon residence
ODFW says Shamrock Pack was responsible for Wallowa County attack.
Sheep industry leadership school held in Oregon
Sheep industry leadership school held in Oregon
Some 33 people from 19 states and Canada visited the Willamette Valley.
Notification proposed for Oregon aerial pesticide sprays in forests
Notification proposed for Oregon aerial pesticide sprays in forests
A proposed bill would impose new notification requirements for aerially spraying pesticides in Oregon forests.
Cyanide traps that killed Northwest wolf and a dog come under scrutiny
Cyanide traps that killed Northwest wolf and a dog come under scrutiny
It’s unclear if the review will change the way USDA Wildlife Services uses cyanide predator traps.

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Livestock

Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse
Late-season grazing leaves in place for longer the grasses and other vegetation that sage grouse nest in, increasing their breeding success,...
Wolves wipe out chickens, geese at NE Oregon residence
ODFW says Shamrock Pack was responsible for Wallowa County attack.
Sheep industry leadership school held in Oregon
Cyanide traps that killed Northwest wolf and a dog come under scrutiny
Ranchers fear Forest Service taking their grazing

Dairy

Western fluid milk and cream review

FLUID MILK AND CREAM REVIEW – WEST

(USDA Market News)

Madison, Wis.

March 23

California milk production is up...

Court upholds $1.5 million judgment in Oregon dairy lawsuit
The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that awarded a Tillamook dairy $1.5 million in damages and attorney fees.
Plans for Kauai dairy put on hold for environmental review
CME dairy prices continue to slip
Appeals court rules skim milk can be called ‘skim milk’

Energy

Kauai solar farm partners with Tesla to boost capacity
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative boosted its solar capacity by connecting Tesla Powerpacks to the solar farm.
Lawmakers consider limiting biodigester tax credits
Tax credits for biodigester would be limited under a proposed bill in Oregon.

FFA

Chelan FFA hosts District VII leadership development event
Chelan had three speakers in the Creed LDE and one in the Prepared Public Speaking LDE.
Chelan, Wash., FFA has greenhouse blooming for annual plant sale
The bedding plants and vegetable starts will be available at the Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sandy FFA chapter tunes up skit for state competition

Horses

Nursery

Western Innovator: Guarding plants against sneak attacks
Cindy Cooper, plants services program manager at Washington State Department of Agriculture

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Almond blossom ‘variable’ after February storms
Growers reported variations in crop set within their operations, as some trees fared better than others.
Almond board to spend $4.7 million for grower efficiency
The Almond Board of California announced another round of research grants to enhance such things as water use efficiency, dust reduction and...
Fire destroys fruit packing shed in Wenatchee
China boosts apple exports to U.S.
Chinese pear sales grow slowly in U.S.

Organic

Bill would authorize GMO trespass lawsuits against patent holders
A bill under consideration in Oregon would allow landowners to sue biotech patent holders over trespass by genetically engineered crops.
Research needed to grow organic sector
The Organic Farming Research Foundation has developed an extensive report on challenges in organic farming, as well as recommendations to address...
Reversal of Oregon’s GMO pre-emption debated
Producers transitioning to organic say they need help to succeed
Clif Bar grows its production capacity

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WSU crop tours to answer disease questions, highlight new varieties
Stripe rust, snow mold and falling numbers will be on farmers’ minds during Washington State University’s annual crop tour schedule.
28 crop tours scheduled
Where farmers can attend WSU’s crop tours
Almond board to spend $4.7 million for grower efficiency
Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse
New $700K system a boon to wheat breeders, researchers

Rural Life

Gluten-sniffing dog a help for celiac patient
Gluten-sniffing service dog is a big help for Bethany student
Oregon Ag in the Classroom kicks off 10th Annual Literacy Project
The AITC Literacy Project goal is to improve both the reading and agricultural literacy of Oregon students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Fifth generation takes over Junction City farm
Ag group aims to start Eastern Idaho virtual farmers’ market
Bills would ease new dwellings on farmland

Timber

Notification proposed for Oregon aerial pesticide sprays in forests
A proposed bill would impose new notification requirements for aerially spraying pesticides in Oregon forests.
Feds sign off on NE Oregon forest restoration
The U.S. Forest Service has approved a massive proposal to treat more than 100,000 acres on the Wallowa Valley Ranger District north of Enterprise.
Senators’ proposal would make way for young loggers
Senators make pitch for innovative building using wood

Water

Judge wants Corps to determine right amount of water for endangered fish
The judge ruled Monday that the Army Corps of Engineers must spill more water for salmon at eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Almond board to spend $4.7 million for grower efficiency
The Almond Board of California announced another round of research grants to enhance such things as water use efficiency, dust reduction and...
Malheur Siphon fix will cost more than $1 million
National Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack
San Joaquin Valley’s CVP allocation likely to increase, officials say