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California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
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California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
The order requires agricultural users to report more water use information to state regulators.

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Report shows increased Idaho barley, wheat acres
Report shows increased Idaho barley, wheat acres
Idaho farmers plan to increase their barley and wheat acres and hold their corn and sugar beet acres relatively steady, according to USDA.
Apple issues continue in Mexico, China
Apple issues continue in Mexico, China
Washington apple shippers are trying to maintain access into Mexico and are waiting on process for the final green light for all varieties into China.
Bend police criticized for shooting cougar at park
After a dispatcher found no state fish and wildlife trooper available, police shot and killed the cougar.
Fake beaver dam bill divides environmentalists
Legislation that would encourage landowners to build artificial beaver dams as part of a pilot project has run into opposition from some environmentalists.
Drought-stricken California set to measure snowpack
The snowpack is already far below the historic lows of 1977 and 2014.
Bundy leads rally for Nevada takeover of federal land
Bundy leads rally for Nevada takeover of federal land
The bill would require the federal government to obtain permission to use land within the state’s borders. The proposal also strips the federal government of state water rights.
Labor commissioner: Nevada minimum wage will remain same
The minimum wage will remain $7.25 an hour for employees who receive health insurance from their employer, and $8.25 for those who don’t.
Rice growers to plant crop despite water-purchase offers
Rice growers to plant crop despite water-purchase offers
Rice growers in California are expected to plant 408,000 acres this year -- only a slight decrease considering the lingering water uncertainties in a fourth straight year of drought and an offer by urban districts to purchase water for as much as $700...
Idaho Senate OKs making sage grouse protection info private
The bill exempts information about private landowners contracting with public agencies on sage grouse conservation from the state’s public records act.
New WSU variety performs well under stress, breeder says
New WSU variety performs well under stress, breeder says
Washington State University winter wheat breeder Arron Carter will release Jasper, a soft white winter wheat variety for 12- to 18-inch precipitation zones in the state. Jasper is the 100th wheat variety from WSU's breeding program.

California

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
The order requires agricultural users to report more water use information to state regulators.
Drought-stricken California set to measure snowpack
The snowpack is already far below the historic lows of 1977 and 2014.
Rice growers to plant crop despite water-purchase offers
Water uncertainties remain for many California growers
Late chinchilla rancher’s PETA suit dismissed in California

Idaho

Wolf control board money helped decrease depredations in 2014
Money from a new wolf depredation control board helped keep Idaho wolf depredations down last year, according to several sources.
Report shows increased Idaho barley, wheat acres
Idaho farmers plan to increase their barley and wheat acres and hold their corn and sugar beet acres relatively steady, according to USDA.
Idaho Senate OKs making sage grouse protection info private
2015 could be a break-even year for Idaho dairy farmers
ISDA to expand Boise beetle eradication

Oregon

Portland ag exports still hinge on labor dispute
The Port of Portland is unlikely to offer full contaner shipping service to Asia until the longshoremen's union resolves its dispute with a terminal...
Bend police criticized for shooting cougar at park
After a dispatcher found no state fish and wildlife trooper available, police shot and killed the cougar.
Fake beaver dam bill divides environmentalists
OSU’s Master Gardeners won’t offer pot growing advice
OSU expert says skilled farmers would swamp pot market

Washington

Senate backs tax breaks for food processors
Washington state Senate proposes renewing tax exemptions for food processors and creating new exemption for pesticide distributors.
Apple issues continue in Mexico, China
Washington apple shippers are trying to maintain access into Mexico and are waiting on process for the final green light for all varieties into China.
New WSU variety performs well under stress, breeder says
Washington ag director resigns on eve of confirmation hearing
EPA, Ecology seek to clean up Freeman grain handling site

Montana

Prairie Reserve seeks to put bison on public allotment
American Prairie Reserve has asked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to add 22,000 acres of new habitat for the bison to the 30,000 acres already in...
73-year-old gets 75 years for trying to reclaim former ranch
A former Montana rancher spent 27 years behind bars after convictions beginning in the mid-1980s for intimidating judges, attorneys and others...
Montana lawmakers consider bonds for rural broadband expansion

Nevada

Bundy leads rally for Nevada takeover of federal land
The bill would require the federal government to obtain permission to use land within the state’s borders. The proposal also strips the...
Labor commissioner: Nevada minimum wage will remain same
The minimum wage will remain $7.25 an hour for employees who receive health insurance from their employer, and $8.25 for those who don’t.
Unprecedented sage grouse protection deal signed in Nevada
BLM abandoning Nevada mustang roundup, at least for now
Lawmaker introduces industrial hemp farming bill