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Senate resolutions would bless Idaho water agreement, direct recharge

Three senate resolutions that would allow lawmakers to give their blessing to last year's agreement between surface and ground water users in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer have been introduced in the Idaho Legislature. More

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Idaho Legislature set to battle over animal cruelty law again

A bill has been printed in the Idaho Legislature that would toughen the state's animal cruelty law, and more legislation addressing the issue will be... More


Washington cattlemen in beef over promotion fees

Legislation to raise fees that support the Washington Beef Commission has divided cattlemen. More


Peterson Brothers offer ag advocacy farmer-style

The Peterson Farm Brothers spoke and performed at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Feb. 3-4. The brothers post agriculture-themed... More

This Week's Top Headlines

Utah sues federal government over sage grouse plan

State officials argue that the guidelines announced in September impose unnecessary restrictions for activities on and near sage grouse habitat. More

Washington lawmaker: Let ranchers save their animals from fires

A Washington lawmaker proposes that ranchers be free to decide for themselves whether it's worth the risk to rescue their livestock from wildfires. More

Oregon seed pre-emption law challenged in Legislature

Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, has proposed a House Bill 4041, which would effectively reverse Oregon's pre-emption statute. More

Cold, blustery weather could complicate almond blossom

Cold, blustery and wet weather in California could interfere with bee activity during the almond blossom, industry officials warn. More

Water mound slowing Twin Falls Canal recharge

Idaho water officials recently announced they expect to recharge 80,000 acre-feet of water in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer this winter. More

Idaho private aquifer recharge organization breathes new life

A private recharge organization is forming, aiming to provide a service for groundwater users seeking to reduce their consumption to comply with a recent water call settlement with the Surface Water Coalition. More

Low wheat prices to continue, economist says

Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says wheat and beef prices aren't likely to recover to higher levels in the next few years due to large global supplies. Farmers will have to be more conservative about what they consider a good selling price, Fortenbery told... More

Wolf advisory group softens rhetoric to face hard questions

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has invested, politically and financially, in its Wolf Advisory Group. More

Food industry looks to Congress as Vermont’s GMO labeling law nears

The food industry argues that GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are safe and a patchwork of state laws isn’t practical. Labeling advocates have been fighting state-by-state to enact the labeling, with the eventual goal of a national standard. More

Oregon Wild’s litigious past a factor in Ochoco opposition

More than 50 lawsuits that list Oregon Wild as the plaintiff have been filed in Oregon and regionally since 2004, according to Pacer, an electronic court database. More

Conservationists sue federal wolf-killing program in Oregon

The lawsuit targets the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program, which controls the number of wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, mountain lions and other wild animals. More

Onion growers happier with final FDA safety rules

The FDA's final produce safety rule will cause some headaches for onion growers but it's much better than the agency's initial proposal, Idaho and Oregon onion growers were told Jan. 2 during their annual joint meeting. More

U.S. posts strong beef cattle numbers

USDA's cattle inventory shows cattlemen are continuing to rebuild the beef herd, but substancial revisions to last year's reported inventory changes the story on growth in 2014. More

Federal miscommunication causes pesticide respirator confusion

Miscommunication among federal agencies has led to confusion about pesticide respirators among farmers. More

Douglas offers alternative viewpoint on global warming

Aweather expert says other factors must also be considered when studying global warming. More

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