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Transparency, education focus of dairy tour

A local dairyman opens up his family farm to the media with a new mind-set that transparency is key to consumer trust. More

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State report tracks economic, demographic change in rural Oregon

A new report from Oregon's Office of Economic Analysis takes a close look at recovery in rural Oregon. More


Rain washes away ‘extreme’ drought in W. Washington

Rain lifts Western Washington from "extreme" drought to the less dire "severe" drought. More


Rancher, environmentalists make tentative pact on wolves

Northeast Washington rancher Dave Dashiell may return his sheep to wolf country — with the help of environmentalists. More

This Week's Top Headlines

Ranchers criticize forest management, firefighting tactics

Scores of ranchers throughout Western states are dealing with livestock, grazing, hay and fence losses from wildfires. A major complaint is that state and federal agencies need to reduce fuel loads and fight fires better. More

State climatologist, weather service tamp down El Nino expectations

California State Climatologist Michael Anderson has teamed with Michelle Mead, the National Weather Service's warning coordinator in Sacramento, to put out a video educating the public about El Nino. More

Japanese group sues to stop TPP talks

A group of citizens has sued the Japanese government, arguing that the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement would violate that nation's constitution. More

Washington dry pea, lentil commission eyes name change

The Washington Dry Pea and Lentil Commission is considering changing its name to the Washington Pulse Crops Commission as part of the United Nations International Year of Pulses in 2016. More

Hot, dry weather keeps stripe rust levels low

Dry conditions kept stripe rust from advancing from winter wheat into spring wheat, USDA Agricultural Research Service plant research geneticist Xianming Chen says. More

Promotion leaves tree fruit endowed chair open

A WSU tree fruit faculty position in Wenatchee may change with the promotion of the researcher who held it. More

From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial

USDA is tasked with making sure that the quasi-government boards stay away from disparaging other commodities and from campaigning for legislation or regulation. More

Washington irrigators alter drought project

Manual labor replaced the idea of pumps to get more water from wilderness lakes for Wenatchee Valley pear growers. More

WDFW hires wolf consultant, who closes another meeting

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has hired a consultant to bring peace between parties at odds over how the state should manage wolves. More

Dairy expansion proposals stir controversy

Proposed dairy expansion plans in Oregon have come under fire from vegans and animal rights activists. More

Fresno State drought study seeks consensus on water use

Water experts at California State University-Fresno hope their study of drought impacts in the San Joaquin Valley leads to consensus on how to share limited water resources. More

OSU ag college recruiting for multiple faculty, staff positions

A jolt of funding from the Oregon Legislature is allowing OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences to add faculty positions. More

Washington and Oregon defend EPA’s new water rule

Washington and Oregon come to the defense of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers and join legal fray in support of new Clean Water Rule. More

Bank claims ownership of radish seeds in cover crop dispute

A bank has filed a lawsuit against numerous Oregon farms, claiming it owns the radish seeds they produced last year. More

Drought threatens westside water rights, Washington ecology warns

Washington Department of Ecology warns irrigators in King and Snohomish counties that their water rights could be curtailed if the drought carries over into next year. More

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