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Irrigators, state launch water improvements

The Methow Valley Irrigation District and Washington Department of Ecology are improving river flows for fish and the district and town of Twisp are more certain of water with a project that ends years of disputes. More

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Ranchers question value of wolf study

Washington State University large carnivore laboratory director Rob Wielgus hopes more ranchers will cooperate with his study into wolf and livestock... More


Republican ranchers square off in congressional race

For the first time in 20 years there's a close race in Washington's 4th Congressional District and it's between two Republican ranchers. More


EPA, Jerome Cheese reach settlement

Jerome Cheese has settled with EPA over alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Jerome, Idaho, plant. The company has agreed to pay an $88,000... More

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Idaho second in West for net farm income

Idaho ranked second in the West, behind California, for total net farm income in 2012, and outpaced No. 3 Washington despite trailing that state in gross farm gate receipts by $1.8 billion. More

Citizens panel weighs in on tax breaks for Washington food processors

A Washington citizens commission urged lawmakers to find ways to measure whether tax breaks for food processors benefit workers. More

Simpson asks Obama to wait on national monument

Simpson’s Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, or CIEDRA, would create three wilderness areas totaling 332,775 acres while also releasing 130,000 acres from a wilderness study area to a multiple-use designation. But that plan for years has failed to get through Congress. More

Oregon looking nationwide for wildlife chief

Roy Elicker left the job to take a position this month with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Curt Melcher is currently serving as the agency’s interim director. More

Crisis group addresses Idaho grain losses

A crisis response group convened by Idaho's Speaker of the House is trying to find ways to help growers in Southern Idaho deal with the huge losses in wheat and barley production they suffered this year due to unusually heavy August and September rains. More

Pipeline part of latest Rangen water mitigation plan

Members of Idaho Ground Water Appropriators have developed a new mitigation plan to satisfy a water call by the Rangen, Inc., trout farm. The irrigators say the state has received the plan favorably. More

Conference focuses on small farms

Spokane's small farms conference returns, called Farm-A-Palouse-A, Nov. 1. The annual event doubled its offerings in effort to convey information to small farmers, says Spokane Conservation District outreach specialist Erica VanNatta More

FSA helps farmers understand new risk management tools

Farmers will want to learn more about new USDA Farm Service Agency insurance programs in the weeks ahead, says Judy Olson, executive director of the Washington office. More

Wanted: People to advise Washington on wolves

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks members for its panel to advise the agency on wolf recovery. More

Monsanto gives $2.5 million against GMO labeling

The anti-labeling camp has so far raised $10 million, compared to $5.4 million for the pro-labeling side. More

New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs

An industry group has suggested best-management practices to protect bees from pesticides during the almond blossom. Bee experts are lauding the effort, which follows a massive bee die-off at the end of the bloom earlier this year. More

Idaho cheese company, feds reach settlement

On Thursday the EPA announced that the company has since corrected the violations. More

Study predicts damage of Idaho water call

University of Idaho researchers have analyzed how a water call by the Rangen, Inc., trout farm in Idaho's Magic Valley would influence the economy if curtailment were implemented. More

Idaho Wheat Commission faces revenue cut

Losses to Idaho wheat and barley production caused by heavy August rains will have a significant impact on the budgets of the state's grain commissions. More

Even normal rain won’t end Calif. drought, expert says

California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center. The center issued its annual winter outlook, which predicts warmer weather throughout the West and less winter rain than normal in... More

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