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New president takes reins at Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
New president takes reins at Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
Nathan Jackson, of K-Bar Ranches, will serve as the next president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

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OSU professor named dean at S. Dakota State University
OSU professor named dean at S. Dakota State University
John Killefer created the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at OSU by merging the departments of animal sciences and rangeland, ecology and management.
Irrigators protest Hood River instream water rights
Irrigators protest Hood River instream water rights
A proposal to develop new instream water rights to protect flows in Oregon’s Hood River basin have met with protests from irrigators.
Cash dairy market breaks volume records
Cash dairy market breaks volume records
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.
Recovery plans for Snake River salmon, steelhead released
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries plan include spring and summer chinook, fall chinook and steelhead.
Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face
Utah congressional leaders introduce legislation to create tribal co-management councils, a move touted by Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows
Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended into the week instead of expiring Monday.
Farmers in Washington and Idaho seek answer for acidic soil
Some farmers in northern Idaho and western Washington are looking for solutions after years of applying nitrogen-based fertilizer has left their land with acidic soil
Selected Western livestock auctions
Auction results from around the West.
Washington apple crop estimate nears record
Washington apple crop estimate nears record
The estimated size of Washington’s 2017 apple crop grew for the second month in a row. Smaller crops in Europe and elsewhere could boost Washington exports and help grower returns.
U.S. beef supply growing, balanced by stronger demand
U.S. beef supply growing, balanced by stronger demand
U.S. cattle inventory and beef production are expected to continue to grow through 2019, and the outlook is promising for domestic consumption and exports.

Marketplace

Livestock

New president takes reins at Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
Nathan Jackson, of K-Bar Ranches, will serve as the next president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.
Wolves kill alpaca in NE Oregon
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed wolves killed an alpaca Sunday on private land in Union County.
OSU professor named dean at S. Dakota State University
Selected Western livestock auctions
U.S. beef supply growing, balanced by stronger demand

Dairy

Low milk prices depress Idaho hay market
Last winter’s extreme weather pulled down Idaho’s hay stocks for livestock feed, but not enough to boost prices given less demand from...
Cash dairy market breaks volume records
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.
Washington dairies to put face on next generation
Fluid milk and cream review — West
Western Innovator: Dairyman overcomes challenges

Energy

Oregon agriculture wary of ‘cap-and-invest’ energy plan
Farmers may pursue new revenue streams under Oregon’s “cap-and-invest” carbon regulation proposal but they’d also likely...
Solar developments could prompt new land regulations
The board has also recommended five farmers to serve on the 12-member commission of the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program.
Fish counts vary at Bonneville Dam

FFA

Cedarcrest FFA Landscape Team competes at national convention
The team placed 16th overall with team members earning individual recognition as well.
FFA tractor raffle has raised awareness of the importance of ag education
The Idaho FFA Foundation’s tractor raffle, which heads into its eighth year in 2018, has raised enough money to award $129,000 in scholarships...
California FFA’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser nets nearly $45,000
Meridian FFA has a fantastic fall
Quincy FFA competes in potato, tractor CDEs

Horses

More low-carb horse hay needed, consultant says
Natalie Shaw gave a presentation on the growing demand for low carb hay at the Oregon Hay and Forage Association’s Hay Conference.
Ruling preventing Idaho horse herd sterilization appealed
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is appealing a federal court ruling preventing the sterilizing of a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho

Nursery

Oregon agriculture wary of ‘cap-and-invest’ energy plan
Farmers may pursue new revenue streams under Oregon’s “cap-and-invest” carbon regulation proposal but they’d also likely...
Wisconsin will likely have enough Christmas trees this year
Wisconsin tree farmers say they'll have enough Christmas trees to meet demand this year, despite evergreen shortages in other parts of the country
Nursery association honors government, agency backers

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Washington apple crop estimate nears record
The estimated size of Washington’s 2017 apple crop grew for the second month in a row. Smaller crops in Europe and elsewhere could boost...
Montana cherry growers vote to oversee research, development
Montana cherry growers have voted to end a 'checkoff' based on sales that funded research and development programs
Jackson Hole Winery perfecting production at high altitudes
Ag in ‘renaissance’ with tech advances, Forbes says
Lenders see consolidation of WA tree fruit companies

Organic

Western Innovator: Organic manager a natural fit
WSDA organic program director Brenda Book
Rising demand for organics prompts OSU research
For the first time, growers will have a chance to learn more about growing organic crops at the 44th annual Hermiston Farm Fair.

Outdoors

Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face
Utah congressional leaders introduce legislation to create tribal co-management councils, a move touted by Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows
Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended into the week instead of expiring Monday.
Sage grouse leaders say debate over the bird is improving
Senator proposes act to subtract from Wilderness Study Areas
Firefighters protect coastal California towns as blaze rages

Research Center

OSU professor named dean at S. Dakota State University
John Killefer created the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at OSU by merging the departments of animal sciences and rangeland, ecology and...
Farmers in Washington and Idaho seek answer for acidic soil
Some farmers in northern Idaho and western Washington are looking for solutions after years of applying nitrogen-based fertilizer has left their land...
Explosion of rats in Eugene linked to chickens, compost
Man featured in ‘Farmers for America’ documentary
Jackson Hole Winery perfecting production at high altitudes

Rural Life

Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face
Utah congressional leaders introduce legislation to create tribal co-management councils, a move touted by Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows
Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended into the week instead of expiring Monday.
Explosion of rats in Eugene linked to chickens, compost
Firefighters protect coastal California towns as blaze rages
Removal process of feral hogs in New Mexico continues

Timber

Zinke issues recommendation for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Recommendations for the revision of Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument have been made public.
Harrowing wildfire season ends, but political debate burns on
Lawmakers are under more pressure to act after a wildfire season that was particularly harrowing.

Water

Washington Dems float rural well bill
Washington Democrats present their latest thinking on rural wells
Irrigators protest Hood River instream water rights
A proposal to develop new instream water rights to protect flows in Oregon’s Hood River basin have met with protests from irrigators.
Recovery plans for Snake River salmon, steelhead released
Idaho ranchers encouraged to claim stock watering rights on federal land
Idaho Farm Bureau members support protecting water rights