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Natural resource groups skeptical of science panel proposal

Natural resource groups are skeptical of a proposed Independent Science Review Board that would analyze controversies facing state agencies. More

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Ranchers oppose cuts to wolf compensation, predator control

Ranchers oppose proposed budget cuts to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s wolf compensation and predator control programs. More


Washington commission confirms What’s Upstream stayed within state law

What's Upstream may have been sophisticated and well funded, but it wasn't grassroots lobbying, according to Washington Public Disclosure Commission More


ICE arrests of criminal illegal immigrants spark concerns

Workers and to some degree employers are concerned about ICE arrests of criminal illegal aliens, say some at a labor conference. More

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USDA extends comment period for organic checkoff

The checkoff is strongly supported by the Organic Trade Association and staunchly opposed by the No Organic Checkoff Coalition. More

Lawsuit seeks to keep Columbia, Snake rivers cool for salmon

In addition to climate change, the groups point to dams throughout the basin as a factor promoting high river temperatures. More

wilderness plans draw fire from New Mexico ranchers

Ranchers from some rural communities fear the new designations will amount to another layer of bureaucracy aimed at pushing them from the land. More

Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter

Massive flood projects have eased the fear of levee breaks around California's capital and other cities, but government workers are joining farmers with tractors battling round-the-clock to stave off any chain-reaction failure of levees in rural areas More

Environmental group appeals SW Idaho power line approval

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management last month issued a formal decision approving a plan by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power to build and operate 321 miles of 500-kilovolt transmission lines on public land in Idaho. More

Advocates urge judge to keep injunction on Yellowstone dam

In court documents filed overnight Wednesday, the groups urged U.S. District Judge Brian Morris to reject the government’s request to start construction this year. More

Utah lawmaker’s resolution reaffirms push for public lands

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Days after the outdoor recreation industry yanked a lucrative expo from Utah to protest the state’s public lands policy, state lawmakers are reaffirming their push to gain control of public lands from the U.S. government. Lawmakers are set to consider a. More

Different kind of farmer combines learning with good times

Jeff Smith has designed his 200-acre farm around teaching people about agriculture, history. More

Washington dairies, environmentalists appeal Ecology’s manure rules

Washington dairy industry and environmental groups file separate legal challenges to Department of Ecology's new rules for storing and spreading manure More

Bills propose to dispel Oregon wetland uncertainties

Two bills before Oregon lawmakers seek to resolve uncertainties over wetland designations by exempting some properties from fill-removal laws. More

Trump a ‘mixed bag’ for ag, policy expert says

Economist say removing regulations is good, but leaving TPP is bad for U.S. agriculture. More

Washington pot growers seek right-to-farm protection

Washington marijuana growers seek protection under the state's right-to-farm act, but they still may not be treated like mainstream agriculture More

Organic certifiers de-stress transition

Organic certification is not an all-or-nothing proposition. A mistake or violation could lead to a field losing certification but not the whole farm. More

200 Bushel Club studies companion crops

An organization devoted to boosting Eastern Idaho wheat yields has publicized results of trials analyzing fertilizer placement and the use of so-called companion crops to boost yields. More

Small farm conference helps attendees thrive

New and experienced small-scale farmers find what they need at annual get-together. More

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