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Carlton Fire: Ranchers, growers face long recovery

Four months after the largest wildfire in Washington state history burned 256,000 acres, caused one death and millions of dollars in loss of 300 homes, 1,000 cattle, 500 miles of fencing and millions of board feet of timber, ranchers face years on the road to recovery. More

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New cattlemen president looks to speed up problem wolf handling

Ephrata, Wash., rancher Bill Sieverkropp is the new president of the Washington Cattlemen's Association. Sieverkropp lists quick resolutions of... More

 

Cattlemen ponder future of their livelihoods with wolves

Washington cattlemen wonder what's in store for them next spring with regard to wolves and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's game plan... More

 

Cattlemen call for more Ecology transparency

Washington Cattlemen's Association is proposing changes to the state Department of Ecology to boost transparency in water regulations. More

Livestock

Baker County ranchers sign sage grouse pact

The Baker County ranch is the first, and maybe the last, to sign an individual sage grouse agreement with the federal wildlife agency. More

Wash. animal disease traceability system on track

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is on track to implement a modernized animal traceability system by July 2015. The department is proposing several new rules, including the elimination of a 15-animal dairy exemption and a fee to help support the system. More

Sage-grouse work earns Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District award

The Southeast Oregon district worked with ranchers to improve sage-grouse habitat in exchange for protection from additional regulations and restrictions. More

Greater sage grouse next conservation battle

The Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement Wednesday that it was designating the Gunnison sage grouse a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act means that it could impose limits on oil and gas drilling and other activities, although officials say the potential for energy... More

Bison meat industry looks to grow

Bison meat is more common as a high-end, healthy food choice in grocery stores, but the number of farmed animals and producers dropped in the 2012 USDA Ag Census from the one in 2007. More

Symposium to explore antibiotic resistance

Organizers of the symposium say antibiotic-resistant foodborne diseases cause an estimated 410,000 illnesses in the United States annually. More

Riverside man arrested after calf found in car

Animal control officers found that the bovine’s ear identification tag had been forcibly removed. More

Closure of butcher shops leaves growers unpaid

Bill the Butcher, an upscale chain of meat shops in Seattle, has shut down with roughly $500,000 owed to nich meat producers across the Northwest. More

Feds eye ways to avoid sage grouse listing

“I’m optimistic that we have a good chance to get to a ‘not-warranted’ determination,” Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said about a potential sage grouse listing. More

Beef or Chicken? Beef prices hit fast-food chains

The average, year-to-date price for 81 percent lean ground beef is $2.18 per pound, said Kevin Good, an analyst at CattleFax, a Colorado-based tracker of the beef industry. That’s up 24 percent from a year ago. More

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