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Oregonian named Northwest Farm Mom of the Year
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Oregonian named Northwest Farm Mom of the Year
A woman from Albany, Ore., has been named Norwest Farm Mom of the Year by Monsanto and American Agri-Women. She is the first Oregonian to win the honor in the award's six-year history.

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Scientists to study grassland-nesting shorebird in 3 states
Scientists to study grassland-nesting shorebird in 3 states
Researchers in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming plan to put satellite transmitters on 19 of the ground nesting curlews.
State funding in question for Spokane junior livestock show
State funding in question for Spokane junior livestock show
The Junior Livestock Show of Spokane is May 5-9. State funding that helps students receive a premium price for their animals is in question for next year, says manager Lynn Cotter.
Oregon farmers stunned to see wolf in Malheur County wheat field
Oregon farmers stunned to see wolf in Malheur County wheat field
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials confirmed that a lone wolf has been hanging around Adrian in Eastern Oregon for more than a week. It is believed to be the first wolf that has spent more than just a brief moment in Malheur County.
California orders no water diversions despite legal rights
The State Water Resources Control Board sent a letter to about 1,600 water right holders, mostly Central Valley farmers in the San Joaquin River watershed, ordering them to stop pumping from streams.
Arizona expands quarantine area targeting citrus greening disease
Quarantine areas already included much of western Arizona as well as a small part of Santa Cruz County.
Dairy herd in Michigan tests positive for bovine TB
To prevent bovine TB from spreading to other farms, each herd must undergo annual testing and any additional movement off a farm must include a TB test within 30 days before movement.
Dozens view first legal UAV ag flight in Southern Idaho
Dozens view first legal UAV ag flight in Southern Idaho
The first legal commercial flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle for agricultural purposes in Southern Idaho took place April 22 at Bitner Vineyards near Caldwell. Representatives of several Idaho farm commodities were on hand for the demonstration.
Agritourism bill overcomes trial lawyer opposition
Agritourism bill overcomes trial lawyer opposition
Legislation that would reduce the exposure of agritourism operators to lawsuits has passed a key legislative committee in Oregon.
California government says it’s meeting water-saving goal
Overall, water use fell from 19.4 billion gallons in 2013 to 14.9 billion gallons in 2014. Caltrans accounted for most of the savings.
Craft brewers boost demand for hops
Craft brewers boost demand for hops
Continued growth of small craft breweries across the country is putting the squeeze on hop growers. They're planting more acres, even in states where it's just been a hobby, but it may not be enough.

Livestock

Judge tosses out ranchers’ lawsuit against BLM
A lawsuit filed by ranchers against BLM was thrown out by a federal judge.
State funding in question for Spokane junior livestock show
The Junior Livestock Show of Spokane is May 5-9. State funding that helps students receive a premium price for their animals is in question for next...
Oregon farmers stunned to see wolf in Malheur County wheat field
Ranchers help themselves with photo monitoring
Idaho lawmakers approve rule lifting elk import restriction

Dairy

Organic farmers celebrate growth, visit Capitol
Organic producers look to spur additional growth with USDA and congressional support.
Dairy herd in Michigan tests positive for bovine TB
To prevent bovine TB from spreading to other farms, each herd must undergo annual testing and any additional movement off a farm must include a TB...
Chobani founder joins trade mission to Cuba
FDA provides evidence of milk safety
March milk production increases 1.1 percent

Energy

Inslee makes Earth Day pitch for climate change legislation
Gov. Jay Inslee makes Earth Day pitch for climate change legislation. Republicans say it's politically impossible.
Bill would require reduced farmland impact from transmission lines
Transmission lines across farmland would be subject to greater scrutiny by county governments under a proposed bill in Oregon.
Commission delays decision on proposed Idaho ethanol facility
Risk and reward for Boardman biomass proposal

FFA

New California FFA leaders strive to meet challenges
A new slate of state FFA leaders in California will support agriculture education amid a challenging time for farmers. The officers were elected...
Awards, scholarships given at California FFA conference
Dozens of awards and scholarships were handed out at the 87th annual California FFA Leadership Conference in Fresno.
FFA students ponder paths at conference career fair
New Idaho FFA officers aspire to inspire

Horses

Judge tosses Wyoming lawsuit seeking more horse roundups
The ruling was a setback to ranchers concerned that wild horses can harm grazing lands. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association filed a friend of the...
Wild horse advocates disagree on contraceptives for mustangs
Groups from New York and San Francisco say recent studies show use of a contraceptive, which keeps the horses from reproducing for two years, is...
California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Arizona expands quarantine area targeting citrus greening disease
Quarantine areas already included much of western Arizona as well as a small part of Santa Cruz County.
Craft brewers boost demand for hops
Continued growth of small craft breweries across the country is putting the squeeze on hop growers. They're planting more acres, even in states where...
Sportsmen question orchard’s use of public land
California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds
New McDougall apple line eight months into maiden season

Organic

Organic farmers celebrate growth, visit Capitol
Organic producers look to spur additional growth with USDA and congressional support.
Consumers buying more organic products, new data show
Organics now make up 5 percent of total food sales in the United States, but much of the growth is also in nonfood items like textiles and personal...

Outdoors

Research Center

Grant furthers ISU, Simplot drone research
Idaho State University has obtained a sizable grant through the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission to research how to diagnose crop diseases in...
Scientists to study grassland-nesting shorebird in 3 states
Researchers in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming plan to put satellite transmitters on 19 of the ground nesting curlews.
Dozens view first legal UAV ag flight in Southern Idaho
CDC researchers eye bird flu vaccine for humans
Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Rural Life

Oregonian named Northwest Farm Mom of the Year
A woman from Albany, Ore., has been named Norwest Farm Mom of the Year by Monsanto and American Agri-Women. She is the first Oregonian to win the...
Agritourism bill overcomes trial lawyer opposition
Legislation that would reduce the exposure of agritourism operators to lawsuits has passed a key legislative committee in Oregon.
FFA students ponder paths at conference career fair
Bill centers on conflicts between mines, farmland
Kids know difference between country and city smells

Timber

UI Extension offers timber sale tips for beginners
University of Idaho Extension in Clearwater County is offering a workshop to help beginning timber landowners conduct timber sales.
Washington senate honors Roseleip
Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip receives a full session resolution April 17 in the...
Owl conservation plans aid timber companies
Washington state buys 1,700 acres of forest on Olympic Peninsula
Feds consider endangered species listing for spotted owl

Water

California orders no water diversions despite legal rights
The State Water Resources Control Board sent a letter to about 1,600 water right holders, mostly Central Valley farmers in the San Joaquin River...
California government says it’s meeting water-saving goal
Overall, water use fell from 19.4 billion gallons in 2013 to 14.9 billion gallons in 2014. Caltrans accounted for most of the savings.
Ruling forces California water districts to review rates
Water managers respond to deepening Yakima Basin drought
Klamath water transfer bill passes committee