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Calif. farms to go without federal water again in 2015
Calif. farms to go without federal water again in 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has made its initial allocation of Central Valley Project water for 2015, announcing that agricultural users without senior water rights will likely get no water again this year. Thousands of acres in the San Joaquin Valley...

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Expert: Dairy farmers should be ready to counter criticism
Expert: Dairy farmers should be ready to counter criticism
Communications professor Robert Gass recently gave dairymen some pointers on countering criticisms of milk production.
Snow falling in Washington mountains
The snow level in the moountains will be around 3,000 feet, forecasters say.
Washington apple exports pick up as ports return to normal
Fresh apples are the state’s top crop, and packers typically export about 30 percent of their harvest. About half those exports are shipped by sea.
Wyoming House advances bills to protect domestic sheep
The bills are in response to concern the U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to curtail domestic sheep in Wyoming and other western states to reduce the threat to wild bighorns.
WSDA manure bill slips away
Farms groups are proposing education rather than regulation as the way to manage manure.
Pear growers get early contract from canners
Pear growers get early contract from canners
In an early agreement, Pacific Northwest pear canners have agreed to pay growers subtantially more in the next three years to get the volume they need. The PNW produces 85 percent of the nation's pears, California the rest.
Maui sugar plantation looking for biofuel crop
Even if the company found an alternative crop, the technology to convert plant materials into energy on a commercial scale still hasn’t been developed, the plantation's manager says.
Couple married 67 years dies holding hands
Couple married 67 years dies holding hands
The couple raised three children on their small farm, growing cotton and raising turkeys.
Central California farmers anticipate no federal water
Last year farmers in the district left thousands of acres unplanted or irrigated by pumping scarce ground water.
Study suggests onion seed producers should limit pesticides
Study suggests onion seed producers should limit pesticides
A University of California study has found that insecticide applications too close to the onion bloom appear to repel the honeybees that are crucial to seed production. Farms in the southern Sacramento Valley provide the seed that's used on onion farms...

Livestock

Washington wolf bill passes key committee
Legislation to reopen Washington's wolf recovery plan has won approval from House Appropriations Committee.
Wyoming House advances bills to protect domestic sheep
The bills are in response to concern the U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to curtail domestic sheep in Wyoming and other western states to...
WSDA manure bill slips away
Group asks Congress to reject closure of Idaho sheep station
DOE head: Water-protection guide should help cattlemen

Dairy

Expert: Dairy farmers should be ready to counter criticism
Communications professor Robert Gass recently gave dairymen some pointers on countering criticisms of milk production.
WSDA manure bill slips away
Farms groups are proposing education rather than regulation as the way to manage manure.
Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage
Antibiotic resistance, better vaccines change livestock practices
Repeal of raw milk advertising ban unopposed

Energy

Maui sugar plantation looking for biofuel crop
Even if the company found an alternative crop, the technology to convert plant materials into energy on a commercial scale still hasn’t been...
Second golden eagle in 3 years killed at Nevada wind farm
Possible golden eagle fatalities were anticipated when the Fish and Wildlife Service granted the necessary permit to open the wind farm in 2012.

FFA

Youths ponder options at career fair
High school students from around the region met with employers and representatives of a community college as they learned about the opportunities...
Speaker: Industry demand high for FFA students
There's high demand for youth in precision agriculture careers, James Durfey, manager of Washington State University's Agriculture Technology and...

Horses

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Washington apple exports pick up as ports return to normal
Fresh apples are the state’s top crop, and packers typically export about 30 percent of their harvest. About half those exports are shipped by...
Pear growers get early contract from canners
In an early agreement, Pacific Northwest pear canners have agreed to pay growers subtantially more in the next three years to get the volume they...
Washington cider producers seek split from wineries
Experts say Oregon’s wine industry is poised for continued growth
Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage

Organic

Idaho spud packers emphasize organic
Idaho fresh potato packers say they're placing greater emphasis on the organic potato category.
Biotech critics claim GMO loophole will backfire
GMO critics say a loophole in federal biotech regulations will backfire against major developers of transgenic seed.
Influx of organic consumers raises marketing questions

Outdoors

Drone ban wins support from hunters, animal advocates
A proposed ban on using aerial drones for hunting and fishing was met with a warm reception in the Oregon House Committee on Agriculture and Natural...

Research Center

Forecast: Seeds, nuts top ‘superfoods’ for 2015
Seeds and nuts will top the list of "what's in" when it comes to healthy eating in 2015. Kale, coconut products, Greek yogurt and avocados will also...
Study suggests onion seed producers should limit pesticides
A University of California study has found that insecticide applications too close to the onion bloom appear to repel the honeybees that are crucial...
Group asks Congress to reject closure of Idaho sheep station
Climate researchers developing tools to project crop yields
Researchers look at cider apples, mulches

Rural Life

Couple married 67 years dies holding hands
The couple raised three children on their small farm, growing cotton and raising turkeys.
Farmers raise concerns about thefts, traffic safety
In Oregon, Marion County farmers and sheriff's deputies are working to thwart rural crime.
Tehama District Fair considers moving back to summer
Logging conference opens doors to students
Pro rodeo leaders listed

Timber

Juniper funding garners bipartisan support
Legislation that would devote more than $1 million to harvesting and processing juniper has garnered bipartisan support from Oregon lawmakers.
Logging conference opens doors to students
The annual Oregon Logging Conference offered a chance for school children to get a glimpse of the logging industry and its importance to the economy,...
Appeal filed to stop logging on state lands that burned
Company plays key role in shaping timber, citrus industries
Fire safety a top priority at logging sites, companies say

Water

Calif. farms to go without federal water again in 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has made its initial allocation of Central Valley Project water for 2015, announcing that agricultural users without...
Snow falling in Washington mountains
The snow level in the moountains will be around 3,000 feet, forecasters say.
Central California farmers anticipate no federal water
Poll: Californians see drought as serious, more want limits
Winter storm brings rain, snow to Southern California