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Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs

The state of Oregon has budgeted $50 million annually to pay for fighting wildfires and has insurance to cover expenses above that. More

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Grant aims to improve Madison County soil

The Madison Soil & Water Conservation District is in the first year of a grant to quantify the economics of how various soil-health practices affect... More


WSU ag college acting dean: ‘We’re going to stay the course’

Kim Kidwell, acting dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, says the college will keep... More


Washington’s drought grows more ‘extreme’

Extreme drought covers 85 percent of Washington, a huge jump in just one week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More

The Latest

Zebra chip found in Idaho commercial field

Idaho has confirmed its first tuber from a commercial field infected with zebra chip disease in three years, crop researchers say. More

New water group comes out swinging over flood control releases

Treasure Valley water users will conduct a full-court press in their fight against the state's decision to count flood control releases in the Boise River system against reservoir storage rights. More

Okanogan fire hits ranchers hard

Loss of grazing ground and hay stacks is hitting ranchers hard in the Okanogan fire. Firefighting continues in several areas. More

Smoke grounds aircraft battling some Washington wildfires

A wildfire in Okanogan County — the largest blaze ever recorded in the state — grew to nearly 438 square miles and heavy smoke grounded air resources. More

Mountain lion takes pet poodle from S. California yard

The mountain lion was spotted in the backyard where it took the pet before disappearing into the hills behind the home. More

Oregon to hold first hearing in years for dairy expansion

Officials say farmers fear releasing permits puts them at risk from people who want to videotape, trespass or vandalize property. More

Judge denies water districts’ motion to halt Trinity releases

A federal judge in Fresno has denied San Joaquin Valley water districts' motion to halt releases of extra water from the Trinity Reservoir in Northern California to aid chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River. More

Amalgamated works to increase sugar in each beet

Amalgamated Sugargrowers in Eastern Idaho are experimenting witih high-sugar varieties from out of the area that don't have resistance to curly top virus, a major problem within the state. More

Despite drought, Fresno County crop values set record

Although the drought has caused one-quarter of Fresno County's farmland to be taken out of production, the county in 2014 set a record for crop values at more than $7.03 billion, according to the county's annual crop report. More

Oregon’s wine grape harvest is off to an early start, and looks good

Oregon's wine harvest gets off to an early start, and, as usual, vineyard operators and wine makers are optimistic. More

Washington pea trials suffer from heat

Washington State University's pea trials suffered because of heat and drought this seaon. But WSU regional specialist Stephen Guy says farmers should still consider the crop for the benefits it brings to the soil. More

Water districts sue, blast feds over Trinity River releases

Two water agencies in the San Joaquin Valley are suing to stop the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from releasing additional water into the Trinity River in Northern California to help Chinook salmon that are returning to the Lower Klamath River. More

Oregon hazelnut harvest expected to increase over 2014

Oregon produces nearly all of U.S. hazelnuts, and growers continue to add acreage as demand from China and elsewhere increases. More

Field day provides glimpse of how onion varieties fare against each other

About 100 onion growers and industry representatives attended the Oregon State University onion variety field day Aug. 25 to see how the valley's main onion varieties fared against each other. More

Legal action threatened over spotted frog habitat

Central Oregon irrigation districts worry spotted frog litigation will restrict water use. Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to sue over dam and reservoir operations on the Deschutes River. More

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