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Extra-large steer named Buford stars at auction
Extra-large steer named Buford stars at auction
Buford is not your average steer. Weighing in at 2,175 pounds, he brought 83 cents per pound at Cowart’s Lebanon Auction Yard on July 21.

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Backyard poultry to blame for 14 Montana salmonella cases
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says the cases are part of eight outbreaks that have infected 611 people in 45 states.
California court denies push for payment during tunnel tests
The landowners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta had demanded payment for thousands of acres sought by the state for testing.
Beef, dairy groups question proposed organic rule
Beef, dairy groups question proposed organic rule
Livestock groups say a proposed rule on organic livestock practices is based on public perception rather than science.
14 Meridian FFA members attend Washington Leadership Conference
14 Meridian FFA members attend Washington Leadership Conference
Members of the Meridian, Idaho, FFA attended the Washington Leadership Conference in the nation's capital.
Vandals use fireworks to hassle goats
An Edwall, Wash., sheep rancher says vandals let 240 of his goats out in Issaquah, Wash.
‘Renaissance’ turns around fortunes of Oregon’s popular nut
‘Renaissance’ turns around fortunes of Oregon’s popular nut
Willamette Valley, Ore., growers have planted between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of hazelnuts a year since 2014, pushing the total acreage past 46,000.
Montana man sentenced for Clean Water Act violations
Joseph Robertson was charged with two counts of unauthorized discharge of pollutants into waters of the U.S. and one count of malicious mischief.
Onion growers confirm success of applying herbicide through drip system
Onion growers confirm success of applying herbicide through drip system
Idaho and Oregon onion growers are reporting good results from applying a popular herbicide through drip irrigation systems. This is the first year they have been able to do that.
Beekeepers urged to enter honey in awards competition
Beekeepers urged to enter honey in awards competition
Beekeepers are urged to enter their honeys in the annual Good Food Awards competition by July 31. The awards are meant to recognize good farming practices, said a University of California-Davis researcher is coordinating the honey contest.
Port of Morrow to expand land application for wastewater
Port of Morrow to expand land application for wastewater
Work will begin later this year to distribute a portion of wastewater from the Port of Morrow to Madison Ranches for irrigation.

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Livestock

Extra-large steer named Buford stars at auction
Buford is not your average steer. Weighing in at 2,175 pounds, he brought 83 cents per pound at Cowart’s Lebanon Auction Yard on July 21.
Backyard poultry to blame for 14 Montana salmonella cases
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says the cases are part of eight outbreaks that have infected 611 people in 45 states.
Beef, dairy groups question proposed organic rule
Vandals use fireworks to hassle goats
Sensor notifies farmers when cows go into labor

Dairy

Beef, dairy groups question proposed organic rule
Livestock groups say a proposed rule on organic livestock practices is based on public perception rather than science.
Washington projects pollution-control costs for dairies
The Washington Department of Ecology's estimate of how much new pollution-control rules will cost dairies lowballs the true cost, according to an...
Higher temperatures push dairy prices upward
Sensor notifies farmers when cows go into labor
U.S. dairymen fare better than global counterparts

Energy

Calif. urged to delay cap-and-trade extension, changes
Farm groups are urging Gov. Jerry Brown and other California decision-makers to wait until closer to the 2020 sunset of the state's cap-and-trade...

FFA

14 Meridian FFA members attend Washington Leadership Conference
Members of the Meridian, Idaho, FFA attended the Washington Leadership Conference in the nation's capital.

Horses

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

‘Renaissance’ turns around fortunes of Oregon’s popular nut
Willamette Valley, Ore., growers have planted between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of hazelnuts a year since 2014, pushing the total acreage past 46,000.
PNW cherry harvest enters final stretch
Cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest have enjoyed relatively good weather and fruit quality, but crop compression kept prices and grower returns...
WSDA picks specialty crop grant projects
Growers worried by packer’s bankruptcy
SweeTango apple crops increase

Organic

Proposed organic rule fuels disease concerns
Poultry and pork producers say a proposed rule increasing outdoor access for animals in organic operations raises serious health risks to animals and...
Beef, dairy groups question proposed organic rule
Livestock groups say a proposed rule on organic livestock practices is based on public perception rather than science.
Organic premiums prone to volatility, study finds

Outdoors

Research Center

Potato researcher warns of new disease threat
Some growers in Idaho are concerned about a bacterial disease of potatoes long found in Europe, called dickeya, that is now spreading throughout the...
Computer scientist develops smart app for growers
University of California-Santa Barbara computer science researcher Chandra Krintz grew up on a farm in Indiana. Now she's developing new software...
Backyard poultry to blame for 14 Montana salmonella cases
Onion growers confirm success of applying herbicide through drip system
Simplot plans GMO-only seed potato farms

Rural Life

Beekeepers urged to enter honey in awards competition
Beekeepers are urged to enter their honeys in the annual Good Food Awards competition by July 31. The awards are meant to recognize good farming...
WSDA picks specialty crop grant projects
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has picked 21 projects to receive federal specialty crop grants.
Rancher engages through storytelling
Next Portland mayor says he can be an advocate for Oregon agriculture
Dispute brewing over Oregon canal property

Timber

Group clones California giant trees to combat climate change
The arborists clipped off tips of young branches to be hand-delivered across the country, cloned in a lab and eventually planted in a forest in...
Time runs out for Oregon timber ballot initiatives
Time has run out for three ballot initiatives that would restrict Oregon forestry practices to qualify for the November general election.
Montana signs forest management deal with federal government
Environmentalists shut out of Oregon forest litigation
Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over N. California logging

Water

California court denies push for payment during tunnel tests
The landowners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta had demanded payment for thousands of acres sought by the state for testing.
Montana man sentenced for Clean Water Act violations
Joseph Robertson was charged with two counts of unauthorized discharge of pollutants into waters of the U.S. and one count of malicious mischief.
Port of Morrow to expand land application for wastewater
Farmers, officials celebrate siphon gate milestone
Removal of Dillon Dam could happen next summer