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Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
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Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
Ornamental plant breeder Ryan Contreras wants to restore the popularity of nursery cultivars that have fallen out of favor.

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California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings
Crews continue to assess areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people.
Oregon’s Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor
The 10-mile stretch of Portland’s Willamette River remains highly contaminated from decades of industrial use.
Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million
State officials hope the Federal Emergency Management Agency will foot up to 75 percent of the repair bill.
Funding to trap Minnesota wolves preying on livestock extended
Minnesota cited growing wolf population, which rose to an estimated 2,900 last winter, an increase of 25 percent in one year.
East Idaho young farmers pool knowledge through group texts
East Idaho young farmers pool knowledge through group texts
A group of young farmers in Caribou County, Idaho, have been touring each other’s fields and sharing group text messages to pool their knowledge.
EPA’s new Northwest boss butted heads with agency
EPA’s new Northwest boss butted heads with agency
EPA picks Alaskan to head Northwest region
Yakima Basin reservoirs higher than normal
Yakima Basin reservoirs higher than normal
The Yakima Basin’s mountain reservoirs have greater water carryover than usual heading into winter rebuilding for next year’s season.
Apples top Washington crop, but varieties in ‘turmoil’
Apples top Washington crop, but varieties in ‘turmoil’
Apples led Washington’s agricultural production for the 12th year in a row in 2016 with $2.39 billion of the state’s total $10.6 billion in farmgate value. But there’s a lot of “turmoil” in value among apple varieties,...
Another warm winter forecast for swath of the US
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine.
California governor orders speedy recovery from wildfires
Brown issued an order Wednesday that allows disrupted wineries to relocate tasting rooms and suspends state fees for mobile home parks and manufactured homes.

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Livestock

Funding to trap Minnesota wolves preying on livestock extended
Minnesota cited growing wolf population, which rose to an estimated 2,900 last winter, an increase of 25 percent in one year.
Where’s the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline
Researchers recorded a 76 percent decline in bug volume from 1989 to 2016.
Audit finds shortcomings in USDA foreign meat oversight
Smackout pack, once targeted by WDFW, kills cow
Lawsuit: Eastern Idaho sheep grazing threatens bighorns

Dairy

Cheese prices take a breather
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.
USDA releases delayed dairy checkoff reports
The annual mandatory reports to Congress were delayed due to USDA’s efforts to better evaluate dairy checkoff programs as they move away from...
WSDA seeks study on dairy manure use
WSDA finds more salmonella in dairy’s raw milk
Dairy cow delivers pizzas to shocked customers

Energy

Utility scrutinized as California wildfire victims sue
The San Francisco-based utility said it would not speculate on causes of the fires and that it was cooperating with investigators.

FFA

Cedarcrest FFA members exhibit at Evergreen State Fair
Cedarcrest students from Duvall, Wash., competed and placed in several categories.
Washington FFA hosts summer conferences
The Washington FFA Association held the Washington Agriculture Leadership Experience and District Officer Training Programs in Yakima in July,...
Washingon FFA chapters attend leadership conferences
Oregon FFA, Les Schwab, Wilco combine to Drive Away Hunger
Sisters take their FFA teams to nationals

Horses

Nebraska store stocks boots, hats _ and lots of history
Store in western Nebraska community started as rail depot for legendary ranch
Judge: BLM broke law in plan to sterilize Idaho wild horses
A federal judge says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental law in its plan to sterilize a herd of wild horses in southwestern...

Nursery

Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
Ornamental plant breeder Ryan Contreras wants to restore the popularity of nursery cultivars that have fallen out of favor.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Cider-makers forage for old wild apple flavor
Cider-makers are seeking are tannins and acidity in the wild apples which are no good to eat
Apples top Washington crop, but varieties in ‘turmoil’
Apples led Washington’s agricultural production for the 12th year in a row in 2016 with $2.39 billion of the state’s total $10.6...
Big welcome: California winery arrives in Oregon
Fire damages Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Co. in Gorge
Farms, vineyards assessing damage from wine country fires

Organic

Tours highlight college farm’s sustainability push
Farm tours for community members emphasized the Shasta College agriculture program’s emphasis on methods to enhance soil quality and save...

Outdoors

Algal bloom warnings posted at 3 more Utah water bodies
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is advising beachgoers that three more Utah reservoirs have outbreaks of harmful algal blooms
California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings
Crews continue to assess areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people.
California governor orders speedy recovery from wildfires
South Dakota man turns ranch into wildlife haven
Utility scrutinized as California wildfire victims sue

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Western Innovator: Breeder aims to restore ornamental markets
Ornamental plant breeder Ryan Contreras wants to restore the popularity of nursery cultivars that have fallen out of favor.
Funding to trap Minnesota wolves preying on livestock extended
Minnesota cited growing wolf population, which rose to an estimated 2,900 last winter, an increase of 25 percent in one year.
Another warm winter forecast for swath of the US
South Dakota man turns ranch into wildlife haven
Where’s the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline

Rural Life

Algal bloom warnings posted at 3 more Utah water bodies
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is advising beachgoers that three more Utah reservoirs have outbreaks of harmful algal blooms
California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings
Crews continue to assess areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people.
East Idaho young farmers pool knowledge through group texts
California governor orders speedy recovery from wildfires
South Dakota man turns ranch into wildlife haven

Timber

Southern Oregon megafire may help suppress devastating tree disease
Sudden oak death has had ecological as well as economic consequences for the timber and plant nursery industries.
Project saved homes from fires, but can it be duplicated?
Thinning of forests in central Oregon, where towns and subdivisions sit in a green ocean of Ponderosa and lodgepole pines, has saved homes amid one...
Northwestern Montana wood products company plans expansion
Nation’s largest ‘mass timber’ building under construction in Oregon
Oregon Considering Added Protections For Reclusive Coastal Seabird

Water

Idaho groundwater districts match CREP payment increase
Both the federal government and Idaho groundwater districts are contributing to an increase in payments under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement...
Algal bloom warnings posted at 3 more Utah water bodies
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is advising beachgoers that three more Utah reservoirs have outbreaks of harmful algal blooms
Oregon’s Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor
Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million
EPA’s new Northwest boss butted heads with agency