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Group accuses water allocators of depriving farm-dependent species

The Pacific Legal Foundation says federal water allocators deprive nearly a dozen mperiled species of water south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. More

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Biggest fertilizer distribution plant opening planned

Valley Agronomics plans to start filling a new plant near Pocatello, Idaho, with dry fertilizer this month. More

 

Members of Congress push for more hops research

Resources should be reallocated so that hop research can be expanded into two, full-time USDA-ARS positions, more than 100 members of Congress say. More

 

Western Innovator: ‘A rancher fixing ranchers’ problems’

As a rancher and Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission employee, southeast Idaho rancher Chris Banks has seen both sides of the fence when it... More

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EPA and tribe: State should stay out of What’s Upstream

EPA and Swinomish tribe say the Washington Public Disclosure Commission isn't the proper venue to investigate What's Upstream. More

Tyson announces plans for $150 million venture fund

The venture fund’s first investment is a 5 percent ownership stake in Beyond Meat, a California-based company that makes “plant-based protein.” More

Battle lines drawn in Washington over new wells

Washington House committees drill deeper into whether lawmakers should intervene to blunt court ruling that could stop new wells from being drilled for rural homes. More

In farming, sustainability means loving it, sticking with it and passing it along

Women entering agriculture are urged to stick with it, learn from experienced farmers and pass the knowledge and love along to others. More

Northern California’s wet pattern to continue in December

A rainy pattern in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest could continue at least through mid-December, forecasters say. More

Analyst: Export market key to growth of Oregon microbreweries

An economic analyst says breweries should "reverse the Oregon Trail" and make more of a push to sell their craft beer out of state and overseas. More

Weed, predator funding on chopping block at ODA

Weed biocontrol and predator control funding is on the chopping block at the Oregon Department of Agriculture. More

BLM issues controversial new land-planning rule

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a final rule updating its land-use planning process, and advocates for rural counties and public lands grazing vow to fight it. More

Walden chosen to chair House Energy and Commerce Committee

The appointment will give Walden oversight of federal departments in charge of consumer protections, food and drug safety, public health, environmental quality and energy policy. More

California’s new water conservation plan focuses on cities

Diana Brooks, head of water efficiency at the Department of Water Resources, which oversees farm water use, said the proposal would require agricultural water district managers to keep better track of how their water is being used, and better think through possible steps for saving water. More

Workers: Sexual harassment also rampant at Forest Service

A supervisor who harassed and assaulted a woman was allowed to retire with full benefits, then was rehired as a contractor and even selected to give a motivational speech to an elite firefighting group. More

Falling number problems perplex Northwest wheat industry

Farmers were blindsided this year by low falling number in their wheat when they expected a good yield. Some farmers saw prices reduced by 50 percent. More

Wheat growers oppose dam breaching during public scoping meeting

Wheat growers and members of other ag industries are being encouraged to participate in a public comment process and make their opinions known on the operation of the Columbia-Snake river system. More

Farm Bureau leaders: Election results show power of rural America

Idaho Farm Bureau Federation leaders pointed to the results of the recent national election to show IFBF members what can be accomplished when rural America makes its voice heard. More

California strawberry production poised for record despite slow start

Strawberry production in California is on pace to set a record in 2016 despite a slow start caused by last winter's rains. More

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