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New wolf pack confirmed in northcentral Washington

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has documented Washington's 17th wolf pack. More

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Loan approved for IGWA to purchase trout farm

Idaho groundwater users will have to pay considerably more to the state to buy a trout farm as part of a mitigation plan than they originally... More


UW study: Climate change good for grapes, not so hot for berries

Climate change may have an upside for Western Washington agriculture, according to a University of Washington study. More


Oregon landowner finds ‘Catch 22’ in federal conservation program

An interpretation of rules governing conservation payments will prove costly to an Oregon producer. More

This Week's Top Headlines

Bird flu, drought boost tab for Thanksgiving meal 70 cents

This year's traditional Thanksgiving meal at about $50 for 10 people will only cost consumers 70 cents more than last year, and farmers will receive less than 20 percent of those food purchases. More

Washington ecology signals softening on manure rules

Washington Department of Ecology moves away from presuming that clay-lined manure lagoons lead to groundwater pollution. More

Oregon’s water demand to grow by 15 percent by 2050

Oregon's water demand will grow 15 percent by 2050, water regulators project. More

House panel hears ways to finance water projects

House task force hears lots of ways to raise money for irrigation and other water-releated problems. All involve raising or creating taxes and fees. More

Push for federal milk marketing order in Calif. enters new phase

With the USDA's courtroom-style hearing on proposals for a federal milk marketing order in California having concluded Nov. 18, the parties' next step will be to present written briefs to the agency next year. A vote by producers could take place in 2017. More

Water agency’s land purchase rattles California farmers

The Metropolitan Water District paid $256 million in July to nearly double its Palo Verde holdings to 29,000 acres, or about 30 percent of the valley. More

Impact of Weyerhaeuser merger will depend on proximity

Weyerhaeuser's planned merger with Plum Creek may affect small forestland owners depending on their proximity to the combined company's land and mills. More

U.S. Senate committee backs Yakima irrigation plan

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources indicates support for 10-year, $900 million plan to increase water storage in Yakima River Basin. More

ConAgra spins off Lamb Weston operations

ConAgra will spin off its frozen potato business under the Lamb Weston name. More

Judge in Nevada mulls order to block sage grouse rules

The judge gave no indication when she expects to rule on the injunction. More

Regulators face competing views of ‘natural’ food

The FDA is faced with competing definitions of the "natural" food label, prompting it to consider an official definition. More

Cattlemen fed up with fires

Washington cattlemen blame state and federal agencies for their livelihoods being jeopardized by large wildfires. More

Genetically modified salmon OK’d for human consumption in U.S.

The FDA said that there are “no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.” More

Bill offers hope for forest fuel reduction

Proponents of forest fuel reduction to combat wildfires are hopeful the key part of a bill they back will become law soon as part of federal budget funding. More

Washington in Canadian tariff cross hairs

Trade, interest rates, beef prices and wolves were all talked about at the Washington Cattlemen's Association annual meeting. More

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