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Washington demands coal exporter cut carbon footprint in half
Washington demands coal exporter cut carbon footprint in half

The Washington Department of Ecology on Friday demanded a company proposing to export coal submit a plan to sharply shrink the project’s expected carbon footprint, raising questions about the plan’s chances of winning approval from Gov.

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Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product
Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product

BOISE — Idaho and Washington grain growers hope to obtain a special-needs exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency allowing them to use an insecticide labeled for potatoes to protect wheat from wireworms.

Stacey Satterlee,...

Cherry expansion faces uphill road
Cherry expansion faces uphill road

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Plans to develop more cherry orchard high in Stemilt Basin near Wenatchee continue to face strong opposition and are straining a community conservation group known as the Stemilt Partnership.

West Mathison, president of...

High-speed rail board approves revised California plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project approved a revised $64 billion plan Thursday that calls for the train to go from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern...

Conrad Burns, who rose from auctioneer and broadcaster to U.S. senator, dies at 81

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81.

Burns died of natural...

Despite drought, California almond acreage rose 6 percent in 2015
Despite drought, California almond acreage rose 6 percent in 2015

SACRAMENTO — The drought has done little to slow the growth of almond acreage in California, as the more than 1.1 million overall acres planted in 2015 was 6 percent more than the previous year.

Of last year’s total plantings,...

Spud growers join Boise schools’ Potato Celebration Week

BOISE — The Boise School District’s new Potato Celebration Week enabled Rod Lake of Heyburn-based Southwind Farms to get his company’s fingerling potatoes into a public schools market he’s been trying to reach for most of a...

Fire destroys old Idaho sugar factory

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An old sugar factory here was destroyed by a fire reported at 7:45 p.m. April 27, according to the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at the shuttered facility, at 3075 E. Lincoln Road, flames...

Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy
Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy

Washington wildlife managers Wednesday suggested ways to motivate ranchers to use state-approved tactics to prevent wolf depredations.

Cooperative ranchers could be rewarded with higher compensation for livestock losses. Also, the state could...

Mexico may revisit apple tariffs
Mexico may revisit apple tariffs

YAKIMA, Wash. — Mexico may decide the future of its temporary tariffs on Washington apples in early June.

The nation could end the tariffs or extend them for five years, said Fred Scarlett, manager of Northwest Fruit Exporters, a...

Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve
Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve

ONTARIO, Ore. — Farmers who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir will receive more irrigation water in 2016 than they have the past two years combined.

As a result, they are planting more high-water — and more lucrative — crops...

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California

High-speed rail board approves revised California plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project approved a revised $64 billion plan Thursday...

Despite drought, California almond acreage rose 6 percent in 2015

SACRAMENTO — The drought has done little to slow the growth of almond acreage in California, as the more than 1.1 million overall acres...

Mendocino County suspends predator trapping program
High-speed rail board to weigh in on revised California plan
New state officers bring humor, passion to California FFA

Idaho

Farm groups help University of Idaho ag college exceed fundraising goal

MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho’s first foray into social media fundraising was a success for the College of Agricultural and...

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...

Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product
Spud growers join Boise schools’ Potato Celebration Week
Fire destroys old Idaho sugar factory

Oregon

Oregon pesticide applicator fights license revocation

TUALATIN, Ore. — An aerial pesticide applicator is fighting allegations of willful misconduct from Oregon farm regulators who want to...

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...

Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve
Bundy attorney: Feds turned down proposed plea deal
Harry’s Fresh Foods to upgrade Nashville facility, hire 300

Washington

Washington demands coal exporter cut carbon footprint in half

The Washington Department of Ecology on Friday demanded a company proposing to export coal submit a plan to sharply shrink the project’s...

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...

Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product
Cherry expansion faces uphill road
Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy

Montana

Conrad Burns, who rose from auctioneer and broadcaster to U.S. senator, dies at 81

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him...

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...

Farmer, researchers release plant guide
Grizzly recovery coordinator to retire after 35 years
No kidding! Montana goat has quadruplets

Nevada

Nevada governor may sue if BLM won’t pony up for mustang roundups

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is considering legal action to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to pony up some money...

Nevada partnership tries to shrink size of mustang herd

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — Armed with a rifle and a hand-held, laser range-finder, Jim Havens stalks his target for hours before he can try...

Trial date in question in Nevada Bundy case
State officials say Nevada groundwater wells OK despite drought
Bundy sons lose bid for release ahead of trial in Nevada