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Washington fire sparks suit over federal firefighting powers
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Washington fire sparks suit over federal firefighting powers
An environmental group has sued to invalidate a federal rule that allows fire incident commanders to suspend environmental rules.

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Thai farmers launch sting operation to stop elephants
Farmers are deploying bees as a new line of defense, exploiting elephants’ documented fear of bee stings.
Idaho sorghum to be used in ‘paper’ products
A planned $90 million project near Parma in southwestern Idaho will use sorghum produced by local farmers to create paper products for the food industry. It will also use cow and other agricultural waste to create biogas and fertilizer products.
Speakers say unlocking biochar’s potential will aid agriculture
Speakers say unlocking biochar’s potential will aid agriculture
Speakers at a biochar conference at Oregon State University extol the technology's application to agriculture.
ODFW: Calf found in pond had been attacked by wolves
The Meacham wolf pack is blamed for attacking a calf in Oregon's Umatilla County.
Drought, labor costs concern table olive growers in down year
Drought, labor costs concern table olive growers in down year
Drought and rising labor costs are still concerns for growers as California's table olive production is expected to be 17 percent below last year's bumper crop.
USDA projects 38,000-ton hazelnut crop
USDA projects 38,000-ton hazelnut crop
Oregon is projected to forecast 38,000 tons of hazelnuts this year, up 22.5 percent from 2015.
Audit: Forestry department stretched too thin
The audit says the forestry department is fighting more severe fires with about the same number of employees it had 20 years ago.
Hood River basin’s water reservations renewed
Hood River basin’s water reservations renewed
Water reservations in Oregon's Hood River basin, which allow for new water rights development, have been renewed for 20 years.
USDA to buy $20 million worth of surplus cheese
USDA's $20 million purchase of cheese to assistant dairy producers isn't expected to have much impact on milk prices.
Harvest links Oregon farmers to flour mills of Asia
Harvest links Oregon farmers to flour mills of Asia
In Oregon's Columbia Basin counties, dryland wheat is the only crop option. But those sparsely populated counties have a simple focus: "Feed the world."

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Livestock

To attract consumers, beef producers should try a little grass-fed tenderness
Some researchers think fat marbling, which USDA beef grades are based on, isn't what consumers are looking for.
Cloning beef cattle for meat quality sparks debate
A West Texas meat science professor is cloning cattle to attain top USDA beef grading status, but is that what consumers want?
ODFW: Calf found in pond had been attacked by wolves
County checks report of third Washington wolf shooting
Rancher billboards promote grazing, logging on public lands

Dairy

USDA to buy $20 million worth of surplus cheese
USDA's $20 million purchase of cheese to assistant dairy producers isn't expected to have much impact on milk prices.
Cheese prices up; butter slips
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
U.S. dairy herd largest since 2008
Opportunity ahead for U.S. dairy exporters
When in trouble, What’s Upstream went to EPA regional head

Energy

FFA

Six Meridian FFA members ‘scramble’ to win $1,000 at Snake River Stampede
Meridian, Idaho, FFA members scramble to put a halter on calves and receive money to purchase one.

Horses

Groups file lawsuits to stop plan to spay wild horses
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and The Cloud Foundation jointly filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Drought, labor costs concern table olive growers in down year
Drought and rising labor costs are still concerns for growers as California's table olive production is expected to be 17 percent below last year's...
USDA projects 38,000-ton hazelnut crop
Oregon is projected to forecast 38,000 tons of hazelnuts this year, up 22.5 percent from 2015.
African vineyard’s duck parade doubles as pest control
California wine industry’s economic impact growing, study finds
Tight labor supply pushes wages upward

Organic

Organic seed supply lags demand as industry grows
A new report shows that the state of the nation's organic seed industry has improved in the last five years but it also says significant work still...
Merger sparks organic milk competition worries
An organic industry watchdog worries that a planned merger between two major dairy companies will hurt prices for organic farmers.

Outdoors

Research Center

Cloning beef cattle for meat quality sparks debate
A West Texas meat science professor is cloning cattle to attain top USDA beef grading status, but is that what consumers want?
Thai farmers launch sting operation to stop elephants
Farmers are deploying bees as a new line of defense, exploiting elephants’ documented fear of bee stings.
Idaho sorghum to be used in ‘paper’ products
Speakers say unlocking biochar’s potential will aid agriculture
Researchers test tillage systems in dry beans

Rural Life

Harvest links Oregon farmers to flour mills of Asia
In Oregon's Columbia Basin counties, dryland wheat is the only crop option. But those sparsely populated counties have a simple focus: "Feed the...
Crop mob descends on Vermont farm to harvest and weed crops
Volunteers — from would-be farmers to local food lovers and those who want to support local agriculture — descend on fields helping...
High country wheat harvest a family show
Pig-wrestling event off at Utah County fair after protests
Boise Farmers Market vendors have no regrets about 2013 split

Timber

Washington fire sparks suit over federal firefighting powers
An environmental group has sued to invalidate a federal rule that allows fire incident commanders to suspend environmental rules.
Audit: Forestry department stretched too thin
The audit says the forestry department is fighting more severe fires with about the same number of employees it had 20 years ago.
Timber companies end public access to land due to fire risk
Environmentalists sue over forest thinning plan in Oregon
Oregon, county spar over timber lawsuit seeking $1.4 billion

Water

Researchers get $1 million to study Utah Lake algae blooms
A massive algae bloom closed Utah Lake this summer, sickening people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean water during some of the hottest days...
Speakers say unlocking biochar’s potential will aid agriculture
Speakers at a biochar conference at Oregon State University extol the technology's application to agriculture.
Hood River basin’s water reservations renewed
Regulators prepare water diverters for stepped-up reporting rules
Irrigation water should flow in SW Idaho until October