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Expo examines precision farming tools
Expo examines precision farming tools
The possibility of using drones in conjunction with satellites to monitor crop health will be discussed during the upcoming Precision Farmig Expo in Salem, Ore.

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Test aims to boost irrigation efficiency
Tubes buried 10 to 16 inches underground will deliver water to plant roots, avoiding evaporation and other problems associated with surface irrigation.
Bill would require giant cane growers post $1 million bond
Bill would require giant cane growers post $1 million bond
Legislation would require farmers to file at least a $1 million bond to grow giant cane, which critics say could become an invasive weed in Oregon.
Cash dairy markets end February mixed
Cash dairy markets end February mixed
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
Some of Idaho fruit crop was damaged by November cold snap
Record low temperatures in November have caused damage to Idaho's fruit crop, but the extent of the damage won't be known until May or June.
Calif. manual survey shows 5 percent of normal snowpack
Calif. manual survey shows 5 percent of normal snowpack
The California Department of Water Resources found little snow water content in its third manual snow survey of the season March 3 despite weekend storms that dumped 12 to 18 inches of snow in parts of the Sierra Nevada.
Oregon wine industry honors five at annual awards dinner
The Oregon wine industry, riding a crest of artistic and financial success, honors some of its pioneers.
Lawmakers consider new lime fee
A new 5 cent fee on lime is proposed under a bill being considered by Oregon lawmakers.
Calif.’s State Water Project boosts allocation to 20 percent
Calif.’s State Water Project boosts allocation to 20 percent
California's State Water Project increased its anticipated deliveries from 15 percent to 20 percent of requested supplies as early-season storms enabled the state to send water to storage south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Chilled meat exports will take 45 days to normalize
Phil Seng, CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, says it will take time for the export of meat to Asia to return to normal.
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U.S. Meat Export Federation CEO Phil Seng says chilled beef may wait until May for normal trade to resume because of contract considerations..

Livestock

Wolf report may be starting point for removal from endangered status
The process to consider removing wolves from Oregon's endangered species list could begin later this spring.
Chilled meat exports will take 45 days to normalize
Phil Seng, CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, says it will take time for the export of meat to Asia to return to normal.
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Low-lignin alfalfa eases quality/yield trade-off
University of Michigan researchers track coyote-wolf hybrids

Dairy

Cash dairy markets end February mixed
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
Low-lignin alfalfa eases quality/yield trade-off
Low lignin alfalfa varieties could solve growers' dilemma of harvesting for quality or yield and provide harvest flexibility to avoid rain.
Expert: Dairy farmers should be ready to counter criticism
WSDA manure bill slips away
Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage

Energy

Bill would require giant cane growers post $1 million bond
Legislation would require farmers to file at least a $1 million bond to grow giant cane, which critics say could become an invasive weed in Oregon.
Maui sugar plantation looking for biofuel crop
Even if the company found an alternative crop, the technology to convert plant materials into energy on a commercial scale still hasn’t been...
Second golden eagle in 3 years killed at Nevada wind farm

FFA

Horses

New Mexico House panel tables horse slaughter bill
Animal advocates have been working to stop horse slaughter in the state. They acknowledged that a federal spending ban on inspectors has effectively...

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Early spring pushes crops, raises frost worries
Tree fruit, hay and aspargus all feel the pull of early warmth in Central Washington. It makes for a longer frost protection season.
Some of Idaho fruit crop was damaged by November cold snap
Record low temperatures in November have caused damage to Idaho's fruit crop, but the extent of the damage won't be known until May or June.
Oregon wine industry honors five at annual awards dinner
Apple company builds new facilities for future
U.S. firm buys Canadian GM apple company

Organic

Idaho spud packers emphasize organic
Idaho fresh potato packers say they're placing greater emphasis on the organic potato category.

Outdoors

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Expo examines precision farming tools
The possibility of using drones in conjunction with satellites to monitor crop health will be discussed during the upcoming Precision Farmig Expo in...
Test aims to boost irrigation efficiency
Tubes buried 10 to 16 inches underground will deliver water to plant roots, avoiding evaporation and other problems associated with surface...
Some of Idaho fruit crop was damaged by November cold snap
DNA tool helps biologists find elusive species
SY Ovation top wheat variety planted in Idaho, survey shows

Rural Life

This spud’s for you: Umatilla County donates 33 tons of potatoes to food bank
State Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, sponsored the donation of 33 tons of potatoes to the Governor's Food Drive.
Couple married 67 years dies holding hands
The couple raised three children on their small farm, growing cotton and raising turkeys.
Farmers raise concerns about thefts, traffic safety
Tehama District Fair considers moving back to summer
Logging conference opens doors to students

Timber

Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird
The American Forest Resources Council had argued that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted arbitrarily and capriciously in designating the U.S.
Juniper funding garners bipartisan support
Legislation that would devote more than $1 million to harvesting and processing juniper has garnered bipartisan support from Oregon lawmakers.
Logging conference opens doors to students
Appeal filed to stop logging on state lands that burned

Water

California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water
A review found more than 2,500 instances when the state authorized the injection of oilfield waste into protected water aquifers that could be used...
Test aims to boost irrigation efficiency
Tubes buried 10 to 16 inches underground will deliver water to plant roots, avoiding evaporation and other problems associated with surface...
Calif. manual survey shows 5 percent of normal snowpack
Lawmakers consider new lime fee
Calif.’s State Water Project boosts allocation to 20 percent