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Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West
Officials did not discuss specific work that the administration aims to speed up for any of the projects.

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Western hay price report
Domestic and export 3rd, 4th and 5th cutting Alfalfa steady in a light test in the Columbia Basin.
Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring
The uncertainty over the leadership over the inspector general’s office at Interior comes as Zinke is under investigation on other fronts, including his involvement in a Montana land deal.
Grizzly bear captured, relocated after wandering into garage
Grizzly bear captured, relocated after wandering into garage
Montana wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated a 900-pound grizzly bear that wandered onto the Birch Creek Hutterite Colony south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Banker survey: Farmland prices expected to drop in 10 states
A new survey says farmland prices are expected to continue their decline in parts of 10 Plains and Western states
Fall Forage Festival set for Corvallis
Fall Forage Festival set for Corvallis
The two-day event, scheduled for Nov. 16-17 in Corvallis, Ore., is a first.
Willamette Valley winemakers help S. Oregon vineyards
Willamette Valley winemakers help S. Oregon vineyards
Willamette Valley winemakers have purchased 140 tons of grapes from Southern Oregon that were rejected by a Napa Valley winery over concerns about smoke taint caused by wildfires.
Idaho potato, grain, dairy farm files for bankruptcy protection
Idaho potato, grain, dairy farm files for bankruptcy protection
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New wheat marketing center technical director gets her ‘dream job’
New wheat marketing center technical director gets her ‘dream job’
Jayne Bock will take over as technical director of the Wheat Marketing Center Nov. 1. Bock says the job combines her passion for wheat, education and research.
Group supports using dairy terms in labeling alternative foods
Group supports using dairy terms in labeling alternative foods
The Good Food Institute tells FDA limiting terms such as “milk” to traditional food products would impede food innovation.
Opinions split on plan to move USDA agencies
Opinions split on plan to move USDA agencies
Reactions vary on USDA’s proposal to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture from Washington, D.C.

Marketplace

Livestock

National wool and sheep review
Slaughter lambs were steady to 5.00 higher. Slaughter ewes were steady to 5.00 lower.
National feeder and stocker cattle report
Steer and heifer calves sold steady to 5.00 lower. Yearling steers and heifers sold steady to 3.00 lower.
Western hay price report
Fall Forage Festival set for Corvallis
Idaho potato, grain, dairy farm files for bankruptcy protection

Dairy

Fluid Milk and Cream — Western U.S.

FLUID MILK AND CREAM

REVIEW – WEST

(USDA Market News)

Oct. 18

Milk output in California is holding steady with...

Western hay price report
Domestic and export 3rd, 4th and 5th cutting Alfalfa steady in a light test in the Columbia Basin.
Group supports using dairy terms in labeling alternative foods
Farm Bureau breaks down costs for new Dairy-RP insurance
State slaps Lost Valley Farm with $187,000 fine

Energy

‘Non-failure emergency’ lifted at Priest Rapids Dam
A local public utility district, working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has lifted a non-failure emergency condition at mid-Columbia...
California winds easing, wildfire risk narrowing
Pacific Gas & Electric said it expected to restore power Tuesday to the last of about 60,000 Northern California customers.
Trump may not know what’s behind warming, but scientists do
Power switched off in Northern California amid fire fears
Congress approves massive water-projects bill

FFA

Quincy FFA hosts annual Evergreen Tour
Over 400 FFA members attended this event from 11 different chapters.
Quincy FFA members test land judging skills
Tommy Workinger of the Quincy FFA chapter was the first-place individual.
Oregon FFA, Les Schwab work together to ‘Drive Away Hunger’

Horses

Western hay price report
Domestic and export 3rd, 4th and 5th cutting Alfalfa steady in a light test in the Columbia Basin.
Fall Forage Festival set for Corvallis
The two-day event, scheduled for Nov. 16-17 in Corvallis, Ore., is a first.
Western hay price report
Horses seized from central Oregon ranch put up for adoption
Otter endorses ballot initiative to revive horse racing

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Willamette Valley winemakers help S. Oregon vineyards
Willamette Valley winemakers have purchased 140 tons of grapes from Southern Oregon that were rejected by a Napa Valley winery over concerns about...
Larson Orchard settles lawsuit with H-2A workers
A Washington tree fruit company has agreed, in an out-of-court settlement, to pay lost wages and rehire 18 seasonal foreign guestworkers in 2019 whom...
USDA solicits apple bids as part of tariff mitigation plan
Companies promote new apples at PMA Fresh Summit
Cosmic Crisp to get $10 million marketing push

Organic

Webinars target organic farming in the West
The webinars series will address such issues as organic soil health, biology, nutrient cycling and the need for region-specific resources.
Court denies USDA motion to dismiss organic lawsuit
The lawsuit, brought by the Organic Trade Association, targets USDA’s delay to implement new welfare practices for organic livestock and...

Outdoors

Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring
The uncertainty over the leadership over the inspector general’s office at Interior comes as Zinke is under investigation on other fronts,...
Grizzly bear captured, relocated after wandering into garage
Montana wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated a 900-pound grizzly bear that wandered onto the Birch Creek Hutterite Colony south of the...
Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US
Sea Lion Shuttle Service Not A Solution To Lethal Removal At Willamette Falls
Wyoming agriculture lawyer joins Interior Department

Research Center

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West
Officials did not discuss specific work that the administration aims to speed up for any of the projects.
Banker survey: Farmland prices expected to drop in 10 states
A new survey says farmland prices are expected to continue their decline in parts of 10 Plains and Western states
New wheat marketing center technical director gets her ‘dream job’
Opinions split on plan to move USDA agencies
BLM Oregon-Washington state director headed to Colorado

Rural Life

Grizzly bear captured, relocated after wandering into garage
Montana wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated a 900-pound grizzly bear that wandered onto the Birch Creek Hutterite Colony south of the...
Northwest farmers, ranchers endure intense 2018 fire season
The 2018 wildfire season had a severe impact on Northwestern agriculture, from burned crops and rangeland to health hazards from smoke.
Utah forester: Firefighting costs this year at $110 million
California winds easing, wildfire risk narrowing
Idaho owes about $20 million for 2018 wildfire season

Timber

Judge denies injunction against 500-acre logging project
Environmentalists have failed to win an injunction against a 500-acre logging project in Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest.
Future Natural Resource Leaders meet in Scio
FNRL, chartered in 2016 to bridge the gap between classroom training and real world applications, is one of seven Career and Technical Student...
Controlled burns in OR: Can more fires create less smoke?
Washington lands commissioner rolls out $55 million fire plan
Oregon Bans Tree-Killing Herbicide Amid Sweeping Investigation

Water

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West
Officials did not discuss specific work that the administration aims to speed up for any of the projects.
Nunhems USA seeks Idaho DEQ approval for recycled-water plan
Project area includes buffer zones between irrigation site and sources of ground water and drinking water.
‘Non-failure emergency’ lifted at Priest Rapids Dam
Meeting to provide update on Columbia Basin Project
Sea Lion Shuttle Service Not A Solution To Lethal Removal At Willamette Falls