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National wool and sheep review
Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was at a standstill this week.

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California officials charged with misspending public funds
Former officials at the Panoche Water District in central California misused more than $100,000 in public funds.
State planning to reopen fishing on a river owned by a tribe
The U.S. Department of Interior ruled in 2016 that the river was part of its reservation.
Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams
Three Republican U.S. House members from Washington state are criticizing Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River to protect endangered salmon runs
Lawsuit seeks to halt Yellowstone bison captures
Bison leaving the park are routinely captured and slaughtered by state and federal agencies to protect Montana livestock.
Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback
Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed
Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the plan is a work in progress, but it is fundamentally rooted in the idea that new technology can create opportunities.
Washington carbon tax bill clears key fiscal committee
Aviation fuel and fossil fuels used in agriculture are among those that would be exempt from the tax.
Dean seeks input on future of Parma research center
Dean seeks input on future of Parma research center
Idaho farm industry members are being encouraged to attend a March 8 listening session to offer input on the future of University of Idaho’s Parma Agricultural Research and Extension Center. UI officials said they plan to expand investment in the...
2017 dairy exports highest in three years
2017 dairy exports highest in three years
Strong overseas demand for milk powder, whey and cheese led the way for a 14 percent jump in U.S. dairy exports last year.
Funding available for NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants
Funding available for NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants
Up to $250,000 in federal Conservation Innovation Grants is available in Oregon for eligible landowners, local and state governments, tribes and non-governmental organizations.

Marketplace

Livestock

National wool and sheep review
Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was at a standstill this week.
National feeder and stocker cattle report
On Wednesday at Bassett, Neb., a load of 719 lb replacement quality heifers sold at 183.50.
Western hay price report
Lawsuit seeks to halt Yellowstone bison captures
Yellowstone fee proposal advances in Wyoming Legislature

Dairy

Fluid milk and cream review — West
Pacific Northwest milk production is steady and manufacturers report no problems getting the milk needed for processing.
2017 dairy exports highest in three years
Strong overseas demand for milk powder, whey and cheese led the way for a 14 percent jump in U.S. dairy exports last year.
Processing projects will help lessen milk oversupply
Cheese prices still climbing
Livestock Hall of Fame to honor new inductees

Energy

Washington carbon tax bill clears key fiscal committee
Aviation fuel and fossil fuels used in agriculture are among those that would be exempt from the tax.
Funding available for NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants
Up to $250,000 in federal Conservation Innovation Grants is available in Oregon for eligible landowners, local and state governments, tribes and...
Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval
Hemp, wolf and carbon bills clear House Ag Committee
Wallowa ranchers pursue energy projects

FFA

Washington FFA students attend leadership conferences
Washington FFA students attended the 212 Degrees and 360 Degrees leadership conferences in Randle, Wash., focused on setting goals and assessing...
Four Washington FFA state officers tour South Africa
Four members of the Washington FFA state officer team recently toured South Africa, where they learned about trade relations, career opportunities...
Meridian FFA students ‘Speak Up!’
Qunicy FFA members attend leadership workshop
Rodeo champion offers message of inspiration to FFA members

Horses

Western hay price report
Trade slow this week with moderate to good demand for dairy hay in the Columbia Basin.
Animal rights advocates square off over horse birth control
The Humane Society of the U.S. will be allowed to defend treating wild horses with birth control while another animal rights group, Friends of...

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Custom wine bottling plant conducts test runs
The largest custom wine bottling plant in Washington is testing ahead of its first commercial run with owners hopeful it will replace bulk wine sales.
Ambrosia apples make their mark
McDougall & Sons Inc., of Wenatchee, Wash., has developed Ambrosia apples into a leading managed variety and a profitable investment.
Small apple growers disappear as industry grows
Cold snap brings freeze, frost warnings to California
Oregon’s ‘rocking’ wine industry advised to avoid complacency

Organic

New techniques murky for organic breeders
Manipulating plants short of genetic engineering is a murky area for organic breeders.
Organic group responds in lawsuit against USDA
A USDA motion to dismiss a lawsuit over its delays in implementing new organic livestock and poultry standards hinges on a lack of evidence of injury...
Soil-health pioneer shares five basic tenets of healthy soil
Animal agriculture organizations mum on HSUS sex scandal
WSU Bread Lab receives $1.5 million endowment

Outdoors

Lawsuit seeks to halt Yellowstone bison captures
Bison leaving the park are routinely captured and slaughtered by state and federal agencies to protect Montana livestock.
Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state...
Yellowstone fee proposal advances in Wyoming Legislature
Northwest Coastal Wetlands Won’t Survive High Sea Level Rise
Yellowstone begins capturing bison to reduce population

Research Center

Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state...
Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the plan is a work in progress, but it is fundamentally rooted in the idea that new technology can create...
Washington carbon tax bill clears key fiscal committee
Dean seeks input on future of Parma research center
Noxious weed or fine apparel? Idaho educator says ‘both’

Rural Life

Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state...
Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Shelley Bowerman and Dan Schuler tap a variety of sources of information on farming.
Cold snap brings freeze, frost warnings to California
Computer programmer creates future of small farming
Winter storm bears down on Oregon, SW Washington

Timber

Hemp, wolf and carbon bills clear House Ag Committee
The House Agriculture Committee has approved three bills dealing with hemp, wolves and carbon, but they must clear the Joint Ways and Means Committee...
Carbon sequestration proposed as ‘cap-and-trade’ alternative
Oregon regulators would study sequestering carbon in forests under a proposed bill.
Rural Lane County residents fight aerial herbicide spraying
Oregon upgrades marbled murrelet to ‘endangered’
Expert: 2017 Montana fire season worst in at least 100 years

Water

California officials charged with misspending public funds
Former officials at the Panoche Water District in central California misused more than $100,000 in public funds.
State planning to reopen fishing on a river owned by a tribe
The U.S. Department of Interior ruled in 2016 that the river was part of its reservation.
Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams
Funding available for NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants
Northwest Coastal Wetlands Won’t Survive High Sea Level Rise