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EcoFarm 2015 to focus on climate change, food safety
Registration is being taken for the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, one of the West's largest gatherings for organic and environmentally concious producers. The Jan. 21-24 event in Pacific Grove, Calif., will include talks on climate change, food safety and bee...

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Ranchers mostly pleased with omnibus bill
Public lands ranchers have a lot to be happy about in the government funding bill passed by both the House and Senate, from a pullback of EPA regulation to grazing and rangeland support. Trade and marketing provisions, however, are not pleasing everyone...
Cows missing from Pocatello butcher
Cows missing from Pocatello butcher
Two cows were reported stolen, and one missing cow was found. In an earlier incident, police shot another cow after it escaped.
CME cash dairy markets mixed
CME cash dairy markets mixed
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
WSDA sleuths identify bugs for much of U.S.
WSDA sleuths identify bugs for much of U.S.
The Washington Department of Agriculture entomology laboratory in Olympia is the go-to place in the Western United States for the identification of moths and butterflies.
Holy cow! Vatican to open pope’s farm to public
Soon, the public will be able to see the free-range hens housed in a majolica-decorated chicken coop, the ostriches, turkeys, rabbits and 80 cows that feed Pope Francis and his staff.
Proposed water testing rules worry fruit growers
Tree fruit officials are concerned federal food safety rules will be a burden to orchard irrigation and one industry leader says the regs could become as onerous as the Endangered Species Act.
Water dispute nears end between tribes, government
Five San Diego County tribes filed a lawsuit 45 years ago against two California agencies and the U.S. government for diverting most of the water from the San Luis Rey River.
California dam being removed
The built-up sludge behind the dam is going to be left in place, planted with native trees and grasses, and surrounded with a rock berm, which should allow the reservoir to revert to nature once the dam is removed next year.
Kansas boosts efforts to fight cattle theft
The new unit will combine the law enforcement authority of the attorney general’s office with the livestock investigations authority of the agriculture department.
Halal beef supplier vows to contest fraud charges
The company and its directors are charged with conspiring to make and use false statements and documents, sell misbranded meat and commit mail and wire fraud.

Livestock

Coyote Catalog program activated in North Dakota
State program links farmers with coyote hunters and trappers.
Ranchers mostly pleased with omnibus bill
Public lands ranchers have a lot to be happy about in the government funding bill passed by both the House and Senate, from a pullback of EPA...
Cows missing from Pocatello butcher
Kansas boosts efforts to fight cattle theft
Halal beef supplier vows to contest fraud charges

Dairy

CME cash dairy markets mixed
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news.
Chobani shows off new filtration system
Chobani has installed a high-tech reverse osmosis system at its Twin Falls plant to convert acid whey into pure water and a high-nutrition feed...
Expiration of farm property tax exemptions proposed
Glanbia to expand Gooding, Twin Falls plants
Dairy markets down in shortened week

Energy

Canyon County delays ethanol facility decision
Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commission members have again delayed making a decision on a request for a conditional use permit to build an...
Ethanol facility proposed in Southwestern Idaho
A proposed ethanol facility in Southwestern Idaho would convert barley and tubers into fuel. It's not the first ethanol facility proposed in the...

FFA

Horses

Equine influenza outbreak at vet hospital is under control, OSU says
The veterinarian teaching facility at OSU is treating horses for equine influenza.

Nursery

Expiration of farm property tax exemptions proposed
An Oregon bill proposes ending property tax exemptions for farms in 2018.
USDA grant boosts OSU pathogen research team
The USDA grant will help fund the work of six researchers.
Idaho nursery industry gets grants to reach consumers, businesses

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Proposed water testing rules worry fruit growers
Tree fruit officials are concerned federal food safety rules will be a burden to orchard irrigation and one industry leader says the regs could...
Apple commission mulls tough year
It's a tough year for Washington apples. The Washington Apple Commission is working to build export demand. Oversupply could end up as livestock feed.
Apple trade groups eye getting closer
Apple industry interested in changing labor law
Full U.S.-China apple access ‘highly likely’

Organic

EcoFarm 2015 to focus on climate change, food safety
Registration is being taken for the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, one of the West's largest gatherings for organic and environmentally concious producers.
Registration opens for Organicology 2015 in Portland
The annual event in Portland attracts organic producers, retailers and others.
Judge: No added ballots for Measure 92 recount
Measure 92 supporters file lawsuit over recount

Outdoors

Research Center

Rice ‘strawlage’ researchers, growers working out the kinks
Ranchers, rice growers and University of California Cooperative Extension researchers are still fine-tuning their methods for preparing rice straw...
WSDA sleuths identify bugs for much of U.S.
The Washington Department of Agriculture entomology laboratory in Olympia is the go-to place in the Western United States for the identification of...
Retiring OSU researchers honored
Hermiston extension center hires approved
Researcher warns of soil compaction effects

Rural Life

Holy cow! Vatican to open pope’s farm to public
Soon, the public will be able to see the free-range hens housed in a majolica-decorated chicken coop, the ostriches, turkeys, rabbits and 80 cows...
Basic happiness: When you’re warm, well-fed and cared for
Columnist Ryan Taylor writes about life in the country.
National Finals Rodeo Results
Washington Parks proposes farmers pay to use trails
Citrus grower receives CFBF’s Lifetime Service Award

Timber

Land board seeks sale of Elliott State Forest
The Oregon State Land Board is considering a proposal that would provide it a way out of the long-running arrangement of logging the Elliott State...
Federal lands transfer could cost Idaho millions
Supporters of a land transfer claim timber harvests would boom under state management. Meanwhile, opponents say the boost in revenue would do little...
Oregon drops idea of selling Elliott State Forest
Northern Idaho forest might offer more logging
Rural Oregon juniper mill operates on hopes and dreams

Water

Conservation group to sue over water quality rule
A Bozeman-based group asserts that the EPA has failed to act on revised water quality rules submitted by the state in August.
Proposed water testing rules worry fruit growers
Tree fruit officials are concerned federal food safety rules will be a burden to orchard irrigation and one industry leader says the regs could...
Water dispute nears end between tribes, government
California dam being removed
WSU study: Yakima Basin projects don’t pencil out