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Trump’s boost to China trade encourages U.S. beef industry

Access to China offer tremendous opportunity for U.S. beef, but there’s still much to negotiate. More

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Oregon drops several defenses in $1.4 billion timber lawsuit

Oregon’s government has agreed to drop several defenses against a class action lawsuit brought by counties that seeks $1.4 billion for... More


Congressman fends off criticism of USDA budget, Oroville Dam crisis

Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, says lawmakers have voiced concerns to the Trump administration about... More


Researchers discuss cloud seeding efforts

Cloud seeding and its potential to increase snowpack levels were a main topic of discussion during a joint meeting of the Western Snow Conference and... More

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Award recognizes potato truck’s float around NYC

The Idaho Potato Commission has won an award recognizing the August 2016 float of its Great Big Idaho Potato Truck through New York City’s Hudson River. More

ISDA delivers more flood-related violations

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is still early in the enforcement process of wastewater issues related to winter weather and flooding. More

Rail bill aided by Washington Farm Bureau passes

Washington lawmakers pass bill to allow industrial development near short-line railroads in Eastern Washington and one Western Washington county More

Federal court kills wind project near Steens Mountain over sage grouse

A federal court has killed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon after an appeals court found last year that the BLM had not properly assessed the winter population of greater sage grouse at the proposed facility near Steens Mountain More

Jury resumes deliberations in Bundy ranch standoff trial

The jury deliberated about three hours last week, and spent full days together Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. More

Portland students get first-hand look at possible wolf depredation

Two teens from the Sunnyside Environmental School witness field biologist investigate cow, calf killed in Wallowa County. More

Nursery switches to white fiberglass stakes

White fiberglass nursery tree stakes are an eye catcher near Quincy, Wash., and new to the area as other nurseries use bamboo and steel stakes. More

WA lawmakers OK new way to deter wolves

Washington lawmakers thrust state Department of Agriculture into campaign to prevent conflicts between wolves and cattle More

IGWA districts exceed 2016 settlement reductions

Idaho groundwater districts participating in water call settlement with the Surface Water Coalition have exceeded their goal of conserving 240,000 acre-feet of water in 2016. More

Review of Oregon’s wolf management plan begins

A public hearing April 21 in Klamath Falls begins what is certain to be a contentious rehash of wolves’ impact on livestock and wild prey. More

Research: Farmers benefit as a group from drought

Research by a University of Idaho ag economist shows that droughts are good for farmers as a group because they cause production to decrease and prices to increase. More

Jury back at work in Bundy ranch standoff trial in Vegas

Six defendants face 10 charges each, including threatening and assaulting a federal officer, extortion, obstruction, weapon violations and conspiracy. More

Tribes’ water call concerns Upper Klamath Basin farmers, ranchers

Rancher Becky Hyde says the call is potentially devastating for irrigators. More

Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis

An Associated Press examination of state and federal documents, emails obtained under public records requests and numerous interviews reveal a sequence of questionable decisions and missteps More

Many areas struggling to set up groundwater agencies as deadline looms

As a July 1 deadline approaches, many local governments in California’s groundwater basins are struggling to agree on viable local entities to enforce the state’s new pumping regulations. More

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