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Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing
Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop acreage is projected to increase by 6,000 acres this year, a 13 percent rise. That follows a 19 percent...

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Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat
Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat

Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat that the threatened species doesn’t actually occupy.

Despite the fish’s absence,...

Oregon Wheat Commission considers budget, research funding
Oregon Wheat Commission considers budget, research funding

Decreasing wheat acreage over the past couple years poses some complications for the Oregon Wheat Commission as it puts together its 2016-17 budget.

Meeting at Oregon State University’s Hyslop Farm on April 25, commission members approved...

Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules
Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules

ONTARIO, Ore. — Idaho and Oregon farmers were given an overview of FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act rules April 26 during a meeting hosted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

FDA’s produce safety rule will...

Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths
Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s spring offensive against gypsy moths passed the halfway point Tuesday, with a second pesticide application over a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of...

Wildfire rehab effort going well so far in Idaho, Oregon

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists say a $67 million rehabilitation effort following a wildfire in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is starting off well thanks to good precipitation over the winter.

About $14 million has been spent since...

Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan
Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the...

Energy bill amendment to enable Klamath Basin water, power plans
Energy bill amendment to enable Klamath Basin water, power plans

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Proponents of certain water solutions in the Klamath Basin say an energy bill amendment that passed the U.S. Senate provides key support for improving facilities and other initiatives.

The amendment by Oregon Sens.

Oregon farmers fighting bank to sell radish seed
Oregon farmers fighting bank to sell radish seed

Several warehouses are caught in the middle of a legal dispute over radish seeds between Oregon farms and an out-of-state bank.

Both the farms and the bank claim to own the radish seeds, which are currently stored at five Oregon...

Lawsuit over Oregon wolf delisting ruled “moot”

An environmentalist legal challenge against Oregon’s decision to remove wolves from the state’s endangered species list has been dismissed due to legislation passed earlier this year.

Wolves were delisted by state wildlife...

April heat did a number on Oregon’s snowpack
April heat did a number on Oregon’s snowpack

Wildly fluctuating April weather sent Oregon’s snowpack up, down and now, in some areas, melted out.

It’s still too early to project water trouble this summer — the return of cool weather could help retain snow or even...

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