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U.S. hay exports heading for new records
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U.S. hay exports heading for new records
West Coast hay exports, the vast majority of U.S. hay exports, are likely to set new volume and dollar records in 2017, analysts say.

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H-2A minimum wage likely to increase
H-2A minimum wage likely to increase
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released data for the basis of increasing the minimum wage for H-2A workers by 5.53 percent in Washington and Oregon next year.
ESA reform makes headway on Capitol Hill
ESA reform makes headway on Capitol Hill
In addition to modernizing the Endangered Species Act, momentum is picking up in Washington, D.C., to reform the Antiquities Act and amend sage grouse management plans.
New Oregon instream water rights worry irrigators
New Oregon instream water rights worry irrigators
New instream water rights sought by Oregon regulators are worrisome for irrigators.
Water rights legal theory unnerves irrigators
Water rights legal theory unnerves irrigators
A controversial legal theory involving Oregon’s instream water rights is making irrigators nervous.
Idaho livestock owners eligible for cattle inspection fee refund
Idaho livestock owners eligible for cattle inspection fee refund
Because of a paperwork error, Idaho livestock owners were overcharged $100,000 in cattle brand inspection fees between July 1 and Oct. 1 and are eligible for a 25-cent-a-head refund.
Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent
A new study says severe thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger and more frequent in a warmer world
Trump trade policies spawn uncertainty for U.S. beef exports
Trump trade policies spawn uncertainty for U.S. beef exports
Pulling out of TPP, renegotiating NAFTA and threats to trade with South Korea weigh on ranchers.
Dunes City divided over marijuana
Residents of the Lane County town will vote next November on whether to embrace or outlaw marijuana.
Wolf poached in Wallowa County, OSP seeks help finding shooter
Police said the animal likely was shot Nov. 12 or 13.
Utah agrees to pay $349K to settle lawsuit over ‘ag-gag’ law
Utah will pay $349,000 to settle a lawsuit that overturned a law banning secret filming at farm and livestock facilities

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Livestock

U.S. hay exports heading for new records
West Coast hay exports, the vast majority of U.S. hay exports, are likely to set new volume and dollar records in 2017, analysts say.
ESA reform makes headway on Capitol Hill
In addition to modernizing the Endangered Species Act, momentum is picking up in Washington, D.C., to reform the Antiquities Act and amend sage...
Idaho livestock owners eligible for cattle inspection fee refund
Trump trade policies spawn uncertainty for U.S. beef exports
Wolf poached in Wallowa County, OSP seeks help finding shooter

Dairy

U.S. hay exports heading for new records
West Coast hay exports, the vast majority of U.S. hay exports, are likely to set new volume and dollar records in 2017, analysts say.
Rural Utah farmer, market owner makes exclusive cheese
Caineville farmer likes making brined feta, smooth chevre or Ramsley’s signature semi-firm tomme, a cheese typically produced in France and...
Idaho ag export value up 12 percent in 2017
Speaker: Dairymen need to be able to adapt to rapid changes
Dairy prices continue to undulate

Energy

7 leaks found in Hanford’s oldest double-walled tank
Inspectors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have found seven leaks in the site's oldest double-walled radioactive waste storage tank
House approves bill to expand hydropower
The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at speeding up hydropower projects. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of...
Ruling reverses solar project on Oregon farmland

FFA

Oregon FFA, Les Schwab team up to collect 510,000 pounds of food
The Oregon FFA partnered with Les Schwab Tire Centers, Wilco Co-op, Capital Press and the East Oregonian newspaper to help combat hunger.
Meridian FFA plans three-day Ag Expo
Every second-grade student in the West Ada School District attends the Ag Expo to learn what agriculture is really about.
Tiny Burnt River School shines at national FFA convention
Cashmere, Wash., FFA wins national competition

Horses

Sick horse quarantined at OSU veterinary teaching hospital
The common form of the equine virus is akin to a cold in humans, but it can mutate into a more serious condition.
Oregon-California hay crop average despite challenges
Showers, army worms, smoke impact hay; prices continue to climb.
Hay conference, contest Nov. 17-18
Students at Nebraska tech college round up cattle on horses

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

H-2A minimum wage likely to increase
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released data for the basis of increasing the minimum wage for H-2A workers by 5.53...
Growers feel the squeeze as county’s citrus industry drops
From a 2-acre plot on north Merritt Island, Steve Crisafulli looks at rows of orange trees, searching for a glimmer of hope for Brevard's dying...
New Mexico posing quarantine to stop pecan weevil bug
Idaho producers seeking H-2A workers could rise significantly
Washington Ecology rolls out rules for winery wastewater

Organic

Organic hydroponics likely to provoke legal challenge
A legal challenge to organic certification of hydroponic crops is likely after a USDA advisory board voted against banning such systems.
Organic-food purists assail the designation for hydroponics
Many traditional organic farmers say allowing hydroponic farms to be certified organic erodes the integrity of the industry.
USDA again delays organic livestock rule
Western Innovator: Farmers strike out on their own

Outdoors

Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent
A new study says severe thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger and more frequent in a warmer world
Malheur occupier Duane Ehmer sentenced to one year in prison
In March, a jury found Ehmer guilty of depredation of property, a felony.
Justice Department won’t release national monument documents
AP Explains: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague
Hatch’s office predicts big reductions for Utah monuments

Research Center

Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent
A new study says severe thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger and more frequent in a warmer world
Growers feel the squeeze as county’s citrus industry drops
From a 2-acre plot on north Merritt Island, Steve Crisafulli looks at rows of orange trees, searching for a glimmer of hope for Brevard's dying...
Monsanto asks Arkansas judge to halt state’s herbicide ban
University, Idaho Wheat Commission agree on new royalty plan
AP Explains: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

Rural Life

Conference encourages women to take the lead
There is plenty of opportunity for women in agriculture, but women need to make sure their voices are heard and help other women join the...
Dunes City divided over marijuana
Residents of the Lane County town will vote next November on whether to embrace or outlaw marijuana.
Rural Utah farmer, market owner makes exclusive cheese
Oregon FFA, Les Schwab team up to collect 510,000 pounds of food
Environmental group sues for records of wolf killings

Timber

Chinese logging ban to boost demand for foreign timber
A ban on commercial logging natural forests in China is expected to boost the country’s demand for foreign logs.
Montana officials looking to salvage timber after wildfires
Montana officials are working on determining how much timber burned in summer wildfires at Lolo National Forest is salvageable
Federal officials ban snowmobiles in parts of Idaho forest
Counties, timber group want to resume Cascade-Siskiyou litigation
U.S. House approves bill to speed logging to combat wildfires

Water

EPA can’t link cows to fouled shellfish
EPA study can't find cattle fecal coliform in Nooksack River, Portage Bay or creeks
New Oregon instream water rights worry irrigators
New instream water rights sought by Oregon regulators are worrisome for irrigators.
Water rights legal theory unnerves irrigators
Bellinger re-elected to Westland Irrigation District board
Northwest winter forecast tilts toward wet, cold