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Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow

This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp legally. More

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EPA enforces new water rule in 37 states despite injunction

The Environmental Protection Agency will enforce its new Clean Water Act rule in 37 states despite a judge's injunction. More


EPA water rule impact clear as mud, ag groups say

The new federal Clean Water Rule takes effect in Washington, Oregon and California, but it's surrounded by plenty of uncertainties. More


Wyden seeks change in Forest Service wildfire budgeting

A "terrible trifecta" of drought, heat and fuel build-up set the stage for the West's wildfires, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said. A change in the federal... More

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California water board may scrap statewide grazing regs

California's State Water Resources Control Board may discontinue efforts to impose statewide regulations on grazing near streams. More

What you need to know about Clean Water Act rules

A federal court ruling Thursday, hours before the rules were to go into effect, blocked the regulations in 13 states that had sued to stop them. More

Farmer sues after EPA fines him $20M over stock pond

The rancher says the state engineer’s office verified that the project met legal requirements and issued a permit, but the EPA still imposed a $37,500 fine for each day the pond remained. More

Ranchers applaud $211 million boost to sage grouse protection

USDA chief Tom Vilsack has announced a $211 million boost to the Sage Grouse Initiative. Oregon ranchers say greater sage grouse collaboration with federal agencies is paying off. More

Washington’s drought grows more ‘extreme’

Extreme drought covers 85 percent of Washington, a huge jump in just one week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More

Zebra chip found in Idaho commercial field

Idaho has confirmed its first tuber from a commercial field infected with zebra chip disease in three years, crop researchers say. More

New water group comes out swinging over flood control releases

Treasure Valley water users will conduct a full-court press in their fight against the state's decision to count flood control releases in the Boise River system against reservoir storage rights. More

Okanogan fire hits ranchers hard

Loss of grazing ground and hay stacks is hitting ranchers hard in the Okanogan fire. Firefighting continues in several areas. More

Vilsack announces expanded sage grouse program

The U.S. ag secretary will announce a new round of work to keep greater sage grouse off the endangered species list and visit the wildfire control center in Portland. More

Researchers give dry farming a try

As drought continues across the West, farming without irrigation may be an option for some producers. More

Farm profits to fall second consecutive year

Net farm income is expected to decline 36 percent to $58.3 billion, the USDA says. More

Judge denies water districts’ motion to halt Trinity releases

A federal judge in Fresno has denied San Joaquin Valley water districts' motion to halt releases of extra water from the Trinity Reservoir in Northern California to aid chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River. More

Oregon’s wine grape harvest is off to an early start, and looks good

Oregon's wine harvest gets off to an early start, and, as usual, vineyard operators and wine makers are optimistic. More

University of Idaho researchers to conduct major dry bean study

A specialty crop grant awarded to the Idaho Bean Commission will allow University of Idaho researchers to conduct experiments aimed at developing weed management strategies for dry bean production. More

Legal action threatened over spotted frog habitat

Central Oregon irrigation districts worry spotted frog litigation will restrict water use. Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to sue over dam and reservoir operations on the Deschutes River. More

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