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Gov. Brown signs Calif. groundwater bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of legislation giving the state sweeping new controls over groundwater use in California. The bills set deadlines for establishing and implementing management plans in various groundwater basins. More

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OSU, wheat commission reach royalty agreement

Oregon State University and the state's wheat commission have agreed on how royalties on OSU-developed wheat varieties will be split. More


Idaho farm groups fund road safety PSA

Last year was one of the deadliest in recent memory in Idaho for fatal crashes involving automobiles and farm equipment and two farm bureau groups... More


Groups sue to stop barred owl eradication

Animal rights groups want to stop an experiment that involves killing barred owls to help federally protected spotted owls. More

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NASS defends bullish Calif. crop estimates

A National Agrcultural Statistics Service official in California is defending the agency's crop estimates after California Citrus Mutual became the latest of several commodity organizations to say that NASS projection for their crop was too high. More

Wildlife managers seek help with elk disease

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public's help in tracking the spead of disease that's deforming elk hooves and closely resembles a contagious bacteria that makes sheep lame. More

UI showcases ag opportunities for high school students

High school students will attend Ag Days at the University of Idaho to learn more about educational and career opportunities. More

Biomass firms sue feds for $22 million

Biomass energy facilities in California have filed a lawsuit that claims the U.S. Treasury owes them about $22 million. More

New wolf pack moves into Washington state

A Washington rancher says wolves in the new Profanity Peak pack have been preying on their livestock. More

Add puffin, drop sea lion from protection list, state says

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends the tufted puffin be put on the state's endangered species list and the Steller sea lion be dropped. More

Corn mazes growing more elaborate

A Firth, Idaho, farmer has become one of the nation's top designers of corn mazes. More

$1.5M grant to help communities hurt by Oso slide

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing the money. More

California wildfire grows rapidly as others ease

Additional firefighters have been brought in to battle the fire near the community of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento. More

Montana wolf hunt begins; activists shadow hunters

Montana law prohibits harassment of hunters, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in prison. But tracking hunters and their activities is not illegal as long as nothing is done to disrupt the hunt, said a warden captain with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. More

More than 100 cattle dead after truck crash

The cattle were headed from a ranch in Kuna, Idaho, to a feed lot in Texas. Authorities say the truck was apparently going too fast around a curve. More

Hops growers in Yakima Valley face worker shortage

Hop growers have raised wages and offered bonuses for those workers who stay throughout the harvest. More

Oregon couple cited for weddings on ag land

The couple has been trying since 2012 to get approval to host weddings on their property. More

Oregon governor OKs aid to fight new wildfire

The governor’s order authorizes the state fire marshal to send structural firefighters and equipment to assist local departments. More

Portland’s Redd building will incubate food businesses

In foodie Portland, another business will help rural producers market to urban consumers. More

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