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Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
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Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
Ornamental plant breeder Ryan Contreras wants to restore the popularity of nursery cultivars that have fallen out of favor.

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Where’s the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline
Researchers recorded a 76 percent decline in bug volume from 1989 to 2016.
Growing local in Central Oregon isn’t easy, but farmers are seeing success
In central Oregon’s high desert climate, farmers have to take extra measures to reap a harvest.
Wet weather harms some WSU variety trials
Wet weather harms some WSU variety trials
Growers can ask to see variety test results from several locations, but the data from those sites shouldn’t be used to make planting decisions, said cereal variety testing program director Ryan Higginbotham.
US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processors
Southern Oregon megafire may help suppress devastating tree disease
Sudden oak death has had ecological as well as economic consequences for the timber and plant nursery industries.
BLM experiments with ‘flexible’ grazing permits
BLM experiments with ‘flexible’ grazing permits
The Bureau of Land Management is taking applications from Western states to test outcome-based grazing, which enables ranchers to manage according to current conditions rather than rigid permit requirements.
Israeli company works on robotic apple picker
Israeli company works on robotic apple picker
Companies in Israel and California are the only two in the world actively working on developing robotic apple pickers as a solution to a shortage of human pickers.
Project saved homes from fires, but can it be duplicated?
Project saved homes from fires, but can it be duplicated?
Thinning of forests in central Oregon, where towns and subdivisions sit in a green ocean of Ponderosa and lodgepole pines, has saved homes amid one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in the American West
Brewery’s beer name challenged by West Coast brewery
An Oregon brewery is demanding that a Maine beer maker change the name of its signature India pale ale
Montana officials fear seaplanes transfer invasive mussels
The Flathead Basin Commission and seaplane pilots’ groups are figuring out how they can perform inspections on the planes.

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