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Producers may get a break from ‘drought to deluge’ weather
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Producers may get a break from ‘drought to deluge’ weather
A noted Southern Oregon viticulture climatologist says we should be headed to more normal weather patterns this year.

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Idaho officials looking to buy U.S. Forest Service land

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on possibly buying federal public lands.

State Forester David Groeschl of the Idaho Department of Lands told Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and other...

Organic certifiers de-stress transition
Organic certifiers de-stress transition
Organic certification is not an all-or-nothing proposition. A mistake or violation could lead to a field losing certification but not the whole farm.
Expert: Efficiency, not regulation, reducing dairy air emissions
Expert: Efficiency, not regulation, reducing dairy air emissions
Improved fficiency, not regulation, is reducing emissions from Oregon dairies, an industry expert said.
Cheese slipping, but butter unsure
Cheese slipping, but butter unsure
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.
Panel explores building local food economy
Panel explores building local food economy
Growing the local food economy is challenged by Idaho’s climate, the need for year-round production and a lack of processing capacity.
Forecast models expand to honeybees, tree fruit size
Forecast models expand to honeybees, tree fruit size
New prediction models of a Decision Aid System for Washington tree fruit growers will be tested this year for fruit size, honeybee foraging and blossom timing.
Progress made on reducing Yellowstone bison herd
Bison managers are making progress on their goal to eliminate 1,300 bison from the Yellowstone herd.
NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
An experiment called SnowEx is using five aircraft to test 10 sensors that might one day be used to monitor snow from satellites.
Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm
Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm
Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm with the threat of floods and mudslides
California dairy groups weigh USDA marketing order proposal
California dairy groups weigh USDA marketing order proposal
Led by the state’s three major dairy co-ops, the initiative came from years of frustration over the price producers receive for milk going into cheese vats.

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Livestock

Animal rights commenters attack farmer over cute calf video
Farm owner Brian Farmer says the calf has been returned to its mother and his thick neck, strong body and gentle disposition make him a good...
Progress made on reducing Yellowstone bison herd
Bison managers are making progress on their goal to eliminate 1,300 bison from the Yellowstone herd.
WDFW cites threats as reason to tighten release of wolf records
Washington lawmaker’s wolf bill gets heard, but not passed
Environmentalists sue over USDA’s authority to kill Oregon wolves

Dairy

Washington dairies, environmentalists appeal Ecology’s manure rules
Washington dairy industry and environmental groups file separate legal challenges to Department of Ecology's new rules for storing and spreading...
Expert: Efficiency, not regulation, reducing dairy air emissions
Improved fficiency, not regulation, is reducing emissions from Oregon dairies, an industry expert said.
Cheese slipping, but butter unsure
California dairy groups weigh USDA marketing order proposal
Idaho dairymen trying to mitigate flooding

Energy

Idaho Power offers incentives for energy efficiency
Idaho Power paid nearly $2 million in irrigation efficiency incentives in 2016.
GOP senior statesmen making push for a carbon tax
Carbon taxes are designed to raise the cost of fossil fuels to bring down consumption. The money would be given to the people in the form of a...

FFA

Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time
Greater Spokane Inc. honored its latest Excellence in Agriculture Award winners during the 2017 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.
Ada County 4-H Club Idaho state champions
The winning senior team will move on to represent Idaho at the National Skill-a-thon Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall.
‘California Agriculture’ T-shirt to raise money for FFA
Chelan, Wash., student places second at rangeland forum
‘Snowpocalypse’ doesn’t stop Meridian FFA members as they participate in winter CDEs

Horses

Nursery

More elk dead after eating ornamental Japanese yew
Fish and Game officials say they will help homeowners determine if they have Japanese yew on their property and will reimburse homeowners to replace...

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Producers may get a break from ‘drought to deluge’ weather
A noted Southern Oregon viticulture climatologist says we should be headed to more normal weather patterns this year.
Forecast models expand to honeybees, tree fruit size
New prediction models of a Decision Aid System for Washington tree fruit growers will be tested this year for fruit size, honeybee foraging and...
Mexico taking more of plentiful Red Delicious crop
Prune producers urged to thin trees for fruit size
Stemilt builds advanced fruit shipping, storage center

Organic

Organic certifiers de-stress transition
Organic certification is not an all-or-nothing proposition. A mistake or violation could lead to a field losing certification but not the whole farm.
Panel explores building local food economy
Growing the local food economy is challenged by Idaho’s climate, the need for year-round production and a lack of processing capacity.
Rush to organic production accompanied by industry questions
New Mexico organic certification program faces financial woes

Outdoors

Research Center

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
An experiment called SnowEx is using five aircraft to test 10 sensors that might one day be used to monitor snow from satellites.
International barley hub to benefit farmers, researchers
A $60 million research center in Scotland is designed to benefit farmers worldwide.
Study to focus on wolves’ effect on other predators, prey
Gene editing patent ruling sways fortune of biotech hopefuls
Illinois lawmakers propose biotechnology tax credits

Rural Life

Western Innovator: Community publisher joins fight against pest
Virginia Bruce isn’t a farmer, but she’s become an important community connection as the Oregon Department of Agriculture informs the...
Oregonian national Make it With Wool winner
Two other Oregon contestants competing at the national level were Oregon Senior first-place winner Kyra Forester of Corvallis and Oregon Junior...
Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time
Ada County 4-H Club Idaho state champions
Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest second edition set for Feb. 25-26

Timber

Idaho officials looking to buy U.S. Forest Service land

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on possibly buying federal public...

Inspector receives American Tree Farm System honor
Tree inspector wins award; reporter types up press release; editor decides whether to run it
Idaho governor seeks to intervene in federal logging lawsuit
Legality of Cascade-Siskiyou expansion challenged
Colorado’s 834 million dead trees threaten to worsen fires

Water

California’s water troubles continue
The surge released from Don Pedro Dam into the Tuolumne River in the foothills east of Modesto was expected to reach overtopped levees later in the...
NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
An experiment called SnowEx is using five aircraft to test 10 sensors that might one day be used to monitor snow from satellites.
Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm
Irrigation managers rush to save property from flooding
Bill seeks to end ‘duplicative’ pesticide permits