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H-2A visa processing halted for pickers
The U.S. State Department has quit producing visas for pickers to come to Washington state from Mexico on the eve of the start of harvest of an anticipated record apple crop.

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Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires
Both fires grew rapidly over the weekend before being brought under control. Their spread underscored the tinder-dry conditions resulting from California’s third year of drought.
New California fines for wasting water take effect
The stronger enforcement was triggered in part by a state report that found water consumption has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.
Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter
Wildlife advocacy groups sued state and federal officials earlier this year, asking a judge to stop a state-hired hunter from using the U.S. Forest Service’s backcountry airstrips to reach and kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return...
Wyden weighs ideas to reduce wildfire costs
Wyden is promoting a bill that would dedicate natural disaster funds to pay for the most expensive fires. He said he will also push for Senate passage of President Obama’s request for $615 million in additional wildfire suppression funding this...
Idaho growers scale back zebra chip programs
Idaho growers scale back zebra chip programs
Some Idaho potato growers say they're relaxing their chemical programs to protect crops from zebra chip disease.
Family carves out niche for squash seed
Family carves out niche for squash seed
A Willamette Valley, Ore., company has built an innovative business in harvesting and processing squash seed.
Sheriff won’t provide escorts in labor dispute
The state agriculture department stopped grain inspections on July 7 because of security concerns, and United Grain’s operations were halted.
Fourth cherry chopper crash in four years
Fourth cherry chopper crash in four years
Fatal helicopter crash is fourth in four years drying cherries in Central Washington orchards.
Firefighters make progress against wildfires
Firefighters make progress is wrestling wildfires under control.
Lawmakers urge FEMA to ease ag building rules
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and two California congressmen are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program to ease its requirements for building agricultural structures in deep floodplains.

California

Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires
New California fines for wasting water take effect
Lawmakers urge FEMA to ease ag building rules
California growers converting rice straw to cattle feed
Nominations open for Ag Hall of Fame

Idaho

Grant will fund onion promotion in Mexico, Latin America
Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter
Idaho growers scale back zebra chip programs
East Idaho dryland wheat yields down
Agri Beef sues partners in biodiesel venture

Oregon

DOL’s ‘hot goods’ tactics leave reps cold
Grant will fund onion promotion in Mexico, Latin America
Wyden weighs ideas to reduce wildfire costs
Family carves out niche for squash seed
Firefighters make progress against wildfires

Washington

H-2A visa processing halted for pickers
Simplot feedlot fined $24,000 for alleged pollution violation
Sheriff won’t provide escorts in labor dispute
Fourth cherry chopper crash in four years
Firefighters make progress against wildfires

Montana

Lightning kills 45 head of cattle
Environmentalists say they’ll sue over bull trout

Nevada

Activists stage protest against foie gras in Reno
Crews containing Reno wildfire
Land may be listed as vital blue butterfly habitat
BLM: Budget constraints limits horse, burro removals