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NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
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NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to build new automated snow survey sites to better understand mid-elevation snowpack, which seems to be disappearing early in recent years.

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Parasitic wasps drafted into battle against ash borer
Four species of parasitic wasps naturally target the larval and egg stages of the ash borer, which has killed an estimated 38 million ash trees in urban and residential areas.
Enforcement of Oregon labor laws criticized
Enforcement of Oregon labor laws criticized
Enforcement of labor laws for forest workers was criticized during a recent Oregon legislative hearing.
Mistrial declared in Oregon pesticide dispute
A lawsuit over off-target pesticide spraying in Oregon's Curry County was dismissed due to a mistrial.
Workers paid in blueberry wage case
The first workers are being paid in a court settlement in a Walla Walla County, Wash., blueberry wage case.
Cheese strengthens; butter dip to come?
Cheese strengthens; butter dip to come?
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
Apple Commission sets its annual budget
The Washington Apple Commission adopts a budget similar to last year's and based on estimating the fall crop at 135 million, 40-pound boxes.
Apple assessment voting method changes
State law has been amended to give the Washington Apple Commission the change it wanted in the method of voting on future changes to growers' assessment rates.
U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
U.S. organic sales in the U.S. thrived in 2015 but could have been even more robust with sufficient supply, an issue the industry is addressing.
Apple commission chief pushes logo
Apple commission chief pushes logo
With the world apple export market expected to grow tougher, the Washington Apple Commission president says companies should use the state's generic apple logo more.
Elected officials learn water basics during inaugural Water College
Elected officials learn water basics during inaugural Water College
About 20 elected officials attended Southwester Idaho's first-ever Water College, where they learned about water rights and the importance of the Boise River reservoir system that delivers water to the Treasure Valey area.

Marketplace

Livestock

Alarm sounded over white top infestation in Malheur County
White top, a noxious weed, has exploded in Malheur County this year and researchers and weed control officials are sounding the alarm and asking for...
Judge orders rancher to repay USDA $65,000 for loan he misused
Authorities say he received a $76,000 USDA loan administered by the Farm Service Agency to buy sheep and cover expenses for their care. But he sold...
Proper management of riparian areas benefits all
Idaho man won’t fight charges that he stole from elk ranch
New challenges emerge for cattle ranchers after 2012 drought

Dairy

Cheese strengthens; butter dip to come?
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
Chobani celebrates Idaho expansion

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Greek yogurt continued to roll off the assembly line at a capacity of 40,000 cups per hour as Chobani officials, state...

Cash dairy prices continue weaker
California losing dairies, cows, production as prices fall
Idaho dairy program changing health culture in schools

Energy

Solar farm slated for Central Oregon

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy developer is closer to putting a solar farm in central Oregon.

The Bulletin reports Saturn Power...

New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for...

FFA

Meridian FFA holds 76th annual banquet

The Meridian, Idaho, FFA chapter banquet is held every spring to award our members for all the hard work they did in the past year.

All...

Cascade FFA receives Farm Credit grant to improve greenhouse

TURNER, Ore. — Cascade High School’s Agriculture Department moved into the final stage of their greenhouse restoration project...

New Washington FFA officers represent all parts of state
Chelan FFA team does well at state livestock CDE
Kuna FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming

Horses

BLM ends Nevada mustang fertility project

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Under the threat of another legal battle, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has pulled the plug on a public-private...

Nursery

Study: Sudden oak death might be unstoppable in California

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — An epidemic of the tree disease “sudden oak death” cannot be eradicated in California, but it can be...

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Oregon berries come on strong with favorable weather
Early Oregon strawberry varieties are showing up in stores and roadside stands, with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries coming on.
Workers paid in blueberry wage case
The first workers are being paid in a court settlement in a Walla Walla County, Wash., blueberry wage case.
Apple Commission sets its annual budget
Apple assessment voting method changes
Apple commission chief pushes logo

Organic

U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
U.S. organic sales in the U.S. thrived in 2015 but could have been even more robust with sufficient supply, an issue the industry is addressing.
State offers up to $750 rebate for organic certification costs

With demand for organic products continuing to accelerate, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is stepping in to help growers, processors and...

Hawaii aims to be first state to help farmers get certified organic

Outdoors

Research Center

New buildings top WSU ag priorities for state funding

SPOKANE — Washington State University’s agriculture school considers two new buildings its top funding priorities when the state...

CIMMYT battles wheat blast outbreak in Bangladesh

An international wheat organization is working to support Bangladesh wheat farmers who are struggling with wheat blast.

The International...

GMO mosquito referendum now open to all Florida Keys voters
Report: Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger
Startup wants to put self-driving big rigs on U.S. highways

Rural Life

California ag groups give more than $746,000 in scholarships

ANDERSON, Calif. — Two agricultural groups are handing out hundreds of scholarships worth more than $746,000 this spring.

The Sierra...

Carl Schifferer honored as grand marshal of Marion County Lamb and Wool Show

A life-long resident of the Turner and Cloverdale areas in Oregon’s Willamette Valley will be the grand marshal of this year’s...

The McGregor Company awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors
Dairy lessons highlight annual ag awareness day
Food survey reveals perceptions about ag

Timber

Parasitic wasps drafted into battle against ash borer
Four species of parasitic wasps naturally target the larval and egg stages of the ash borer, which has killed an estimated 38 million ash trees in...
Enforcement of Oregon labor laws criticized
Enforcement of labor laws for forest workers was criticized during a recent Oregon legislative hearing.
Mistrial declared in Oregon pesticide dispute
Environmental groups, tribe protest new BLM plan for W. Oregon
Risch won’t push for Lochsa River basin land swap

Water

NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to build new automated snow survey sites to better understand mid-elevation snowpack, which seems...
Elected officials learn water basics during inaugural Water College
About 20 elected officials attended Southwester Idaho's first-ever Water College, where they learned about water rights and the importance of the...
Oregon commits $8.9 million to dam raising, other projects
Idaho funds Treasure Valley aquifer model
Massive Navajo farm faces second week without irrigation