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Lawmaker criticizes how Carlton Complex fire was fought

Washington Sen. Joel Kretz, of Wauconda, would like to see the state Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee hold hearings to review the handling of the Carlton Complex fire. More

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Grant allows Nyssa ag program to build greenhouse

A $25,000 grant from Monsanto Corp. will allow the small farming community of Nyssa, Ore., to build a modern greenhouse that will include the... More


Pacific Northwest pear forecast increases

The Pacific Northwest pear crop is about 1.5 million boxes larger than forecast in May but still smaller than last year's record which should offset... More


Grant winners use USDA funding to jumpstart businesses

The grants to farms and ranches are intended to spur economic development in rural areas. More

The Latest

WSU to discontinue annual Seattle football game

The Washington Beef Commission is evaluating future marketing relationships with Washington State University football as the university discontinues its annual game in Seattle. WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos, a Valleyford, Wash., cattleman, says he hopes the relationship will continue. More

Federal government lists Oregon spotted frog as threatened

Grazing occurs alongside Oregon spotted frog habitat, a federal biologist said that can actually benefit frogs if not over-done. More

Utah State team wins new dairy product contest

Food science students at Utah State University have developed a a sourdough starter product using acid whey from Greek yogurt production. The product earned them top honors and $10,000 in Idaho Milk Processors' annual new product contest. More

Panel backs $1.25M for drone research in Nevada

Nevada was named last year as a national testing site for the new technology, known formally as unmanned aerial vehicles. More

Iconic Klamath bucket moved from county building

Opinions about where the bucket should reside vary, even among the county commissioners. More

California environmentalists decry feds’ fire plan

The highly awaited decision released Wednesday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park’s backcountry and private timber land. More

Judge won’t stop water for Klamath salmon

The judge ruled that the potential harm to salmon from drought conditions right now outweighs the potential harm to farmers next year. More

County fights lonely battle against pest

Twin Falls County is the only county in Idaho taking measures to control black flies, tiny bugs that bite, measure a sixteenth of an inch and have a range of 20 or 30 miles. More

Ross withdraws controversial Calif. milk marketing bill

Following criticism and lack of support from California dairymen, California ag secretary has withdrawn her legislative proposal for sweeping reform to the state's milk marketing requirements for Class 4 milk. More

More than 100 attend onion variety trial

More than 100 onion growers, seed dealers and other industry representatives attended Oregon State University's onion variety trial field day Aug. 26. The event provides participants a chance to judge 50 different onion varieties grown side by side under the same conditions. More

NASS forecasts Oregon hazelnut crop drop

Oregon's hazelnut crop will be smaller than 2013, just as demand heats up. More

Forest Service to release Rim Fire recovery plan

Wildlife advocates want to leave the dead trees in place, but loggers say they favor sending the trees to sawmills to help pay for replanting the forest. More

Late blight continues spread in Eastern Idaho

More cases of late blight have been reported in Southern Idaho. More

Idaho’s bean harvest off to good start

With harvest under way, Idaho farmers say this year's bean crop looks good but there are concerns about possible mold issues in the Magic Valley area because of heavy August rains. More

Groups shun lawsuit despite own Hetch Hetchy concerns

Environmentalists mostly pan a group's lawsuit claiming San Francisco is given a pass by resource agencies in its operation of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park. But green groups themselves have no love for the project that provides water for 2.5 million Bay Area residents. More

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