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Washington livestock bill focuses on dairy cows
Electronic reporting of cattle transactions is confined to unbranded dairy cows in the latest version of a bill in the Washington Legislature.

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Assessing the many benefits of planned grazing
Assessing the many benefits of planned grazing
Columnist Doug Warnock discusses the latest in managed grazing.
Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects
Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects
The federal government is responsible for paying about $3 billion to complete several rural water projects around the country. The amount represents a fraction of the more than $600 billion needed to address the nation’s water and wastewater needs...
Missouri organic farmers eligible for reimbursement
The state received $127,800 in federal funds, which will pay producers and handlers 75 percent of expenses to certify their products as organic.
Forest Service building a better fire shelter
Developers are trying to find the right combination of weight that won’t add too much to a firefighter’s pack but that can also withstand temperatures well past 1,000 degrees for short periods.
Center shifts focus to sage grouse
Center shifts focus to sage grouse
Derek Tilley and his staff at the USDA's Aberdeen Plant Materials Center have a new focus — developing wildflower seeds and planting techniques to avert a sage grouse endangered species listing.
New bioengineering lab benefits UMass Dartmouth students
Students study bacteria that come from the soil or other natural environments that produce compounds.
Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
California strawberry production is off to a fast start in 2015 because of warm afternoons and a lack of rainfall in the state's prime growing regions. The peak season is arriving about a month earlier than usual.
With perennial rice at hand, is perennial wheat far behind?
With perennial rice at hand, is perennial wheat far behind?
Researchers in China and Australia are close to releasing a perennial rice. U.S. researchers are mixed on how long it will take to release a perennial wheat.
Apple commission not eager to promote clubs
An idea of promoting club apple varieties wasn't embraced by the Washington Apple Commission at a recent meeting.
Grafting company stays busy
Grafting company stays busy
Jose Lujano and his sons are busy this time of year with their seasonal, Yakima-based business, grafting fruit trees in orchards througout Central Washington. It's a way of switching tree varieties.

Livestock

Washington livestock bill focuses on dairy cows
Electronic reporting of cattle transactions is confined to unbranded dairy cows in the latest version of a bill in the Washington Legislature.
New Idaho rules relax import restrictions on livestock
The Idaho Legislature has approved two pending rules that would relax import restrictions on some livestock. Idaho State Department of Agriculture...
Assessing the many benefits of planned grazing
Wyoming ag committee focuses on rustling
Congress in no hurry to pass meat-labeling fix

Dairy

New Idaho rules relax import restrictions on livestock
The Idaho Legislature has approved two pending rules that would relax import restrictions on some livestock. Idaho State Department of Agriculture...
Bill grants livestock producers capital gains tax deduction
A bill that has passed the Idaho Legislature would ensure that partners in a livestock operation are treated the same as other industries when it...
Mid-March dairy prices heading lower
Plunge in milk prices stresses N.Y. dairy farmers
‘Obamacow’ bill to help Missouri’s dairy industry heads to governor

Energy

FFA

Oregon’s changing FFA elects slate of state leaders
At Oregon's state FFA convention, new energy and leadership emerge.
Oregon state FFA convention begins Friday
The Oregon FFA state convention begins March 20 in Silverton.

Horses

Nursery

Regulators seek authority to revoke nursery shipping permits
Legislation would give Oregon farm regulators the power to revoke nursery shipping permits.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
California strawberry production is off to a fast start in 2015 because of warm afternoons and a lack of rainfall in the state's prime growing...
Apple commission not eager to promote clubs
An idea of promoting club apple varieties wasn't embraced by the Washington Apple Commission at a recent meeting.
Grafting company stays busy
Apple commission discusses GM position
U.S. honey production up in 2014, but colony losses continue

Organic

Missouri organic farmers eligible for reimbursement
The state received $127,800 in federal funds, which will pay producers and handlers 75 percent of expenses to certify their products as organic.
Rural county finds booming business in organic grains
Organic grain farmers turn to a rural elevator to store their wheat, barley, oats and corn harvested in northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and...
Five myths dispelled about organic certification
Online organic bulletin board helps buyers, sellers

Outdoors

Research Center

Center shifts focus to sage grouse
Derek Tilley and his staff at the USDA's Aberdeen Plant Materials Center have a new focus — developing wildflower seeds and planting...
New bioengineering lab benefits UMass Dartmouth students
Students study bacteria that come from the soil or other natural environments that produce compounds.
With perennial rice at hand, is perennial wheat far behind?
Slugs remain a mystery, experts say
Exotic termites cross breed in Florida, worrying researchers

Rural Life

Oregon farm zone changes raise concerns
Bills that change allowable uses in farm zones have made farm and property rights groups uncomfortable, albeit for different reasons.
One Washington, two sides
Washington's east-west divide predates statehood and endures.
Idaho grain, cattle producers agree on ‘open range’ plan
Ranch projects put off by procrastination
Washington ag groups sow interest at Capitol

Timber

Forest Service building a better fire shelter
Developers are trying to find the right combination of weight that won’t add too much to a firefighter’s pack but that can also...
Lawmakers consider reforms to herbicide spraying rules
Sen. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and says current regulations are not...
Forester no stranger to controversy

Water

Report calls for better data to plan for droughts
A new report from the California Department of Water Resources suggests improvements are needed in measuring groundwater conditions and predicting...
New water reservoir to help irrigators
The Roza Irrigation District, serving the northern edge of the Yakima Valley, has only junior water rights, meaning it can be cut off in droughts.
Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects
Expected drought shows need for water projects
Washington Ecology details drought relief budget