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December feedlot placements down 8 percent
December feedlot placements down 8 percent
Analysts view the latest USDA cattle on feed report as moderately bullish and as showing signs of heifer retention for hedr rebuilding.

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New York growers eye China apple deal
Washington state exports 40 million bushels of apples a year, which is 10 million more than New York grows.
California may dam 3 Delta channels, if drought persists
The Delta provides 25 million people with drinking water and irrigates millions of acres of farmland.
U.S., China open doors to apple trade
U.S., China open doors to apple trade
The U.S. apple industry has gained what it's wanted for 20 years, full varietal access into China. And China also gets into the U.S. with its apples, something it's wanted for 17 years.
Ecology to check streams in E. Washington
Washington Department of Ecology staff plan to assess Eastern Washington streams in March. The department holds several workshops this week with growers.
Water panel begins process of considering bond projects
The California Water Commission is beginning the lengthy process of deciding which projects will be funded under the water storage portion of the $7.5 billion water bond passed by the state's voters in November.
H5N1 bird flu found in Washington; little human health risk since
A wild duck tested positive for a highly pathogenic bird flu virus that combines Eurasion and North American strains.
Public support for grazing strong in Idaho
Public support for grazing strong in Idaho
A University of Idaho survey of Idaho residents shows a 90 percent approval rating for livestock grazing on public lands and a high level of trust in Idaho's public lands ranchers.
Environmentalists protest ‘test case’ logging project
Environmentalists protest ‘test case’ logging project
Environmentalists want to stop a "test case" logging project that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management claims restores forest resilience.
Rootstocks, drip irrigation keys to fighting apple replant disease
Rootstocks, drip irrigation keys to fighting apple replant disease
A new series of rootstocks and drip irrigation systems are top tools growers use in fighting orchard replant disease.
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
The test will be similar in size to Oxitec’s 2012 experiment in the Cayman Islands, where 3.3 million modified mosquitoes were released over six months, suppressing 96 percent of the targeted bugs. Oxitec says a later test in Brazil also was...

Livestock

December feedlot placements down 8 percent
Analysts view the latest USDA cattle on feed report as moderately bullish and as showing signs of heifer retention for hedr rebuilding.
H5N1 bird flu found in Washington; little human health risk since
A wild duck tested positive for a highly pathogenic bird flu virus that combines Eurasion and North American strains.
Public support for grazing strong in Idaho
Study rebuts Canada’s claim of economic harm from COOL
Kansas cattle trails closer to national recognition

Dairy

Dairy markets regain some ground
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’
The campaign is intended to drown out milk’s detractors with positive posts about the nutritional benefits of milk on Facebook, Twitter and...
U.S. milk production up, prices down
Case could impact dairies, livestock operations nationwide
Cash cheese crashes, butter up

Energy

Proximity to biodiesel plant not crucial, WSU economist says
Washington State University economist Randy Fortenbery addresses the economic demand for oilseed crops and biodiesel.
Planning, zoning board deadlocks on proposed ethanol plant
A decision on a proposed ethanol facility near Greenleaf, Idaho, will have to wait for at least another three weeks after planning and zoning...

FFA

Mackay FFA Chapter Announces Breeding Livestock Project Participants for 2015

Every year the Mackay FFA Chapter has selected students to participate in the Breeding Livestock project via an interview process by community...

Mackay FFA Travels to Experience State Week

On Monday, January 5th the Mackay FFA Chapter participated in Experience State Week held in Blackfoot, ID. Experience State Week was the only...

The Mackay FFA Chapter Bakes Christmas Cookies for the Mackay Community
National FFA leaders visit Idaho schools

Horses

Nursery

Use of H-2A workers to increase despite wage hike
Large increases in the minimum wage for agricultural foreign guestworkers are not expected to slow their usage much in the West or Southeast.
Prospects for immigration reform uncertain
The next few months could be key on the immigration issue in Washington, D.C., farm labor leaders say. They have mixed opinions on whether Congress...

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

New York growers eye China apple deal
Washington state exports 40 million bushels of apples a year, which is 10 million more than New York grows.
U.S., China open doors to apple trade
The U.S. apple industry has gained what it's wanted for 20 years, full varietal access into China. And China also gets into the U.S. with its apples,...
Rootstocks, drip irrigation keys to fighting apple replant disease
Oregon’s wine industry packs a surprising economic punch
SE Asia worried about too many apples

Organic

Governor seeks to expand Oregon’s GMO authority
A bill introduced at the behest of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber would increase the authority of state farm regulators to create "control areas" for...
Organic conference targets cover crops
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides will present an organic conference on using cover crops to enhance soil fertility in Twin Falls on...
Governor to propose Oregon GMO bill

Outdoors

Research Center

Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
The test will be similar in size to Oxitec’s 2012 experiment in the Cayman Islands, where 3.3 million modified mosquitoes were released over...
WSU professor seeks GMO conversation
Michael Neff, director of Washington State University's molecular plant sciences graduate program, believes in spreading the scientific evidence...
Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise
$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research
Google Glass undergoes upgrades

Rural Life

‘Dryland’ makes waves across region
The agriculture-themed documentary, "Dryland," about two Lind, Wash., farmers coming of age, screens Feb. 6 at the Spokane International Film...
Speed reading, or the speedy destruction of reading
Columnist Ryan Taylor writes about life in the country.
Kansas cattle trails closer to national recognition
National pro rodeo leaders listed
Miller crowned Oregon dairy princess-ambassador

Timber

Environmentalists protest ‘test case’ logging project
Environmentalists want to stop a "test case" logging project that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management claims restores forest resilience.
WSU revives its forestry major
Washington State University is reviving its forestry major after budget reductions in 2011. Students will be admitted to the forestry major program...
Swanson Group says it will rebuild Oregon mill
Opponents of Oregon’s “right to farm” law can revive lawsuit
Proposed bill would boost Oregon juniper harvests

Water

California may dam 3 Delta channels, if drought persists
The Delta provides 25 million people with drinking water and irrigates millions of acres of farmland.
Ecology to check streams in E. Washington
Washington Department of Ecology staff plan to assess Eastern Washington streams in March. The department holds several workshops this week with...
Water panel begins process of considering bond projects
Judge stays Idaho water curtailment on 474 junior users
Washington lawmakers poised to present $3.5 billion water bond