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Dairy prices ride a roller coaster
Dairy prices ride a roller coaster
Columnist Lee Mielke rounds up the week's dairy news.

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Injunction against federal water rule may expand
Judge has set deadline to receive briefs arguing for or against expanding injunction to all 50 states.
Prize-winning state fair steer to go to food bank
Cascade High School students have been raising the steer, named Red Box, with the intention to donate his beef to the Marion-Polk Food Share
UI to test new water filtration system on dairies
UI to test new water filtration system on dairies
A University of Idaho professor who developed technology that removes pollutants from water and saves the nutrients for fertilizer will soon start testing on dairy lagoons.
Sonoma wine grape growers voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent
Growers operating 68 properties with vineyards in the northern San Francisco Bay area are the latest to agree to voluntarily cut their water use by one-quarter from 2013 levels.
California takes new approach to regulate pot farms water use
The new compliance efforts are an ambitious experiment in a state with an estimated 50,000 marijuana gardens spanning Central Valley foothills, the Sierra Nevada and the North Coast.
Farmers, public gather at UI’s Fruit Field Day
Researchers say they have developed all new types of fruit now grown in Idaho, including varieties of peaches, nectarines, apples, plums and grapes.
EPA enforces new water rule in 37 states despite injunction
The Environmental Protection Agency will enforce its new Clean Water Act rule in 37 states despite a judge's injunction.
EPA water rule impact clear as mud, ag groups say
EPA water rule impact clear as mud, ag groups say
The new federal Clean Water Rule takes effect in Washington, Oregon and California, but it's surrounded by plenty of uncertainties.
Wyden seeks change in Forest Service wildfire budgeting
Wyden seeks change in Forest Service wildfire budgeting
A "terrible trifecta" of drought, heat and fuel build-up set the stage for the West's wildfires, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said. A change in the federal budget would provide funds for fighting fires without depleting the Forest Service's other functions.
California water board may scrap statewide grazing regs
California water board may scrap statewide grazing regs
California's State Water Resources Control Board may discontinue efforts to impose statewide regulations on grazing near streams.

Livestock

Prize-winning state fair steer to go to food bank
Cascade High School students have been raising the steer, named Red Box, with the intention to donate his beef to the Marion-Polk Food Share
California water board may scrap statewide grazing regs
California's State Water Resources Control Board may discontinue efforts to impose statewide regulations on grazing near streams.
Vilsack announces expanded sage grouse program
Fall rangeland forum set for Oct. 22
Cattle on feed up, slaughter down

Dairy

Dairy prices ride a roller coaster
Columnist Lee Mielke rounds up the week's dairy news.
UI to test new water filtration system on dairies
A University of Idaho professor who developed technology that removes pollutants from water and saves the nutrients for fertilizer will soon start...
Cooperative helps drought-stricken member dairies
Oregon to hold first hearing in years for dairy expansion
Cash dairy prices cool after big advance

Energy

Crop that can be made into jet fuel shows promise
Carinata looks similar to the oilseed canola, but a little bushier and can be made into jet fuel.
Well irrigators pleased with shorter renewable power contracts
Idaho ground water irrigators support a recent order by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission shortening the mandatory length of certain contracts...
Idaho PUC shortens PURPA contracts

FFA

Chelan FFA advisor loses home to wildfire
Chelan FFA advisor Rod Cool and his family lost their home in the fires burning around Chelan, Wash.

Horses

In Washington, West Nile virus makes a comeback
Washington state is seeing its worst summer for West Nile virus since 2009. The state veterinarian urges horse owners to vaccinate their animals.

Nursery

Nurseries told to stop overwhelming consumers with info
Nurseries should resist the temptation to overwhelm consumers with plant information, participants were told at the recent Farwest Show.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Sonoma wine grape growers voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent
Growers operating 68 properties with vineyards in the northern San Francisco Bay area are the latest to agree to voluntarily cut their water use by...
Farmers, public gather at UI’s Fruit Field Day
Researchers say they have developed all new types of fruit now grown in Idaho, including varieties of peaches, nectarines, apples, plums and grapes.
Oregon’s wine grape harvest is off to an early start, and looks good
Oregon hazelnut harvest expected to increase over 2014
Stemilt Basin drought grant approved

Organic

Outdoors

Research Center

UI Extension prioritizes forage in East Idaho
University of Idaho is asking Eastern Idaho Extension educators to increase their focus on forage production.
UI to test new water filtration system on dairies
A University of Idaho professor who developed technology that removes pollutants from water and saves the nutrients for fertilizer will soon start...
Farmers, public gather at UI’s Fruit Field Day
Researchers study shrinking Washington state glacier
Researchers give dry farming a try

Rural Life

Prize-winning state fair steer to go to food bank
Cascade High School students have been raising the steer, named Red Box, with the intention to donate his beef to the Marion-Polk Food Share
It’s the end of the trail for Cowboy Logic
Columnist Ryan Taylor bids farewell to his faithful readers.
Feds hope to ramp up native plant seed production
Celebration of life planned for Chauncey M. Hubbard

Timber

Wyden seeks change in Forest Service wildfire budgeting
A "terrible trifecta" of drought, heat and fuel build-up set the stage for the West's wildfires, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said. A change in the federal...
Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs
The state of Oregon has budgeted $50 million annually to pay for fighting wildfires and has insurance to cover expenses above that.
Wildfires continue to march across dry West
’I wish it was me’: Families mourn fallen firefighters
Wildfire season ‘new normal,’ Forest Service chief says; Brown sends in National Guard

Water

Drought threatens westside water rights, Washington ecology warns
Washington Department of Ecology warns irrigators in King and Snohomish counties that their water rights could be curtailed if the drought carries...
Injunction against federal water rule may expand
Judge has set deadline to receive briefs arguing for or against expanding injunction to all 50 states.
UI to test new water filtration system on dairies
Sonoma wine grape growers voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent
California takes new approach to regulate pot farms water use