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NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
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NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to build new automated snow survey sites to better understand mid-elevation snowpack, which seems to be disappearing early in recent years.

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Backers, opponents argue pros, cons of coal export facility
Backers, opponents argue pros, cons of coal export facility
The Washington Department of Ecology should rethink a the contribution to greenhouse gases a coal export terminal on the Columbia River would make, a company president says.
EPA fines Nevada nursery over pesticides, warns another
EPA officials say the nursery failed to provide appropriate pesticide safety training to its workers.
Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states
Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey to see which rehabilitation efforts work best.
Aggressive bees in California attack were regular honeybees
Scientists at the California Department of Food and Agriculture tested seven of the bees and found that they were European honeybees with no sign of Africanized ancestry.
Enforcement of Oregon labor laws criticized
Enforcement of Oregon labor laws criticized
Enforcement of labor laws for forest workers was criticized during a recent Oregon legislative hearing.
Mistrial declared in Oregon pesticide dispute
A lawsuit over off-target pesticide spraying in Oregon's Curry County was dismissed due to a mistrial.
Effort to amend Idaho’s crop residue burning program advance
Idaho environmental regulators are working with farmers and public health advocates to amend the state's crop residue burning program to avoid a drastic reduction in the number of allowable burn days.
Rice growers wrap up near-normal planting season
Rice growers wrap up near-normal planting season
Northern California rice growers are wrapping up their planting season as spring rains enabled them to plant close to 500,000 acres, a significant increase from last year.
Workers paid in blueberry wage case
The first workers are being paid in a court settlement in a Walla Walla County, Wash., blueberry wage case.
Three-quarters of Idaho CRP applications rejected
Three-quarters of Idaho CRP applications rejected
Competition was stiff for Conservation Reserve Program contracts in Idaho during the recent general sign-up, leaving many growers to enroll in more rigorous continuous-enrollment programs land conservation programs.

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California

Aggressive bees in California attack were regular honeybees
Scientists at the California Department of Food and Agriculture tested seven of the bees and found that they were European honeybees with no sign of...
Rice growers wrap up near-normal planting season
Northern California rice growers are wrapping up their planting season as spring rains enabled them to plant close to 500,000 acres, a significant...
Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
California ag groups give more than $746,000 in scholarships
Dairy lessons highlight annual ag awareness day

Idaho

NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to build new automated snow survey sites to better understand mid-elevation snowpack, which seems...
Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey to see which rehabilitation efforts work best.
Effort to amend Idaho’s crop residue burning program advance
Three-quarters of Idaho CRP applications rejected
Elected officials learn water basics during inaugural Water College

Oregon

Alarm sounded over white top infestation in Malheur County
White top, a noxious weed, has exploded in Malheur County this year and researchers and weed control officials are sounding the alarm and asking for...
Oregon berries come on strong with favorable weather
Early Oregon strawberry varieties are showing up in stores and roadside stands, with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries coming on.
Enforcement of Oregon labor laws criticized
Mistrial declared in Oregon pesticide dispute
Fire sweeps across Umatilla Depot in E. Oregon

Washington

Backers, opponents argue pros, cons of coal export facility
The Washington Department of Ecology should rethink a the contribution to greenhouse gases a coal export terminal on the Columbia River would make, a...
Workers paid in blueberry wage case
The first workers are being paid in a court settlement in a Walla Walla County, Wash., blueberry wage case.
Apple Commission sets its annual budget
Apple assessment voting method changes
Apple commission chief pushes logo

Montana

Lawsuit challenges potential transfer of bison range
The suit alleges federal officials failed to conduct an environmental review before deciding to support the transfer of the bison range near Moiese...
Montana, Wyoming, Idaho prepare for return of grizzly hunts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hunters soon could be chasing grizzly bears across the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, leaving three states to drum up...

Panel rejects move to triple wolf harvest near Yellowstone
Montana proposes to triple wolf harvest near Yellowstone
Immigrant goes from boxing to picking fruit

Nevada

Governor sees pattern in Nevada wildfires
Coming off a fairly wet winter, but not a drought-buster, the Sierra Nevada and the vast expanses of the Great Basin are expected to see fire...
EPA fines Nevada nursery over pesticides, warns another
EPA officials say the nursery failed to provide appropriate pesticide safety training to its workers.
Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states
ISDA mussel program catches tainted boat
Inmates help grow sagebrush to restore grouse habitat