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Site of former Tacoma sawmill sold
The lumber mill was one of four Simpson properties Interfor Corp. bought for $94.7 million in March 2015.

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Developer wants robotic apple picker in orchards in 2018
Developer wants robotic apple picker in orchards in 2018
A robotic apple picker maybe commercially ready for orchards in two years and practical and affordable within 10 years, its developer says.
Latest compromise drought relief bill receives praise, opposition
Latest compromise drought relief bill receives praise, opposition
A farm group is praising the latest effort at compromise drought relief legislation in Congress, calling it a step in the right direction.
Neighbors oppose Idaho plan to log cedar grove
About 50 people who live near the grove have signed a petition asking Fish and Game to reconsider cutting down the cedars.
Wood products manufacturer Rosboro sells to Illinois firm
Wynchurch Capital has purchased Rosboro’s seven manufacturing plants across Oregon, including its main facility in Springfield.
Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America’s forests
This scourge is projected to put 63 percent of the country’s forest at risk through 2027 and carries a cost of several billion dollars annually in dead tree removal, declining property values and timber industry losses.
Doverspikes carry on ranching tradition in E. Oregon
Doverspikes carry on ranching tradition in E. Oregon
The Doverspike family has ranched in rural Harney County, Ore., for 128 years.
Meeting with EPA on What’s Upstream frustrates lawmaker
Meeting with EPA on What’s Upstream frustrates lawmaker
A U.S. House member says he left meeting with EPA over What's Upstream advocacy campaign "mostly frustrated."
New apple poised for record-setting launch
New apple poised for record-setting launch
Washington apple producers have ordered more than 8.7 million new Cosmic Crisp apple trees to plant in the next three years which means production could reach 9 million boxes in three to five years. That’s believed the fastest start to a new...
Cheese prices down; butter slips
Cheese prices down; butter slips
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
Apples fit millennials’ values, Wal-Mart representative says
Apples fit millennials’ values, Wal-Mart representative says
Freshness, consistent quality and good taste are what millennials look for in fruit and most foods, a Wal-Mart store representative tells Washington tree fruit growers.

Marketplace

Livestock

Authorities probe cow releases at farms in Maine
A farmer reported Tuesday that some of his cows had been released from a pen. Similar episodes were reported in a nearby town, too.
Rebounding California gray wolf holds onto protection
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has published its plan for managing wolves.
Doverspikes carry on ranching tradition in E. Oregon
Rancher embraces buffaloes’ beauty, but not horns
In Washington, scavengers play role in wolf policy

Dairy

Cheese prices down; butter slips
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy industry news.
UN says dairy an ally in Asia’s nutrition challenges
The main beneficiaries have been small farmers, who produce nearly 80 percent of the milk in Asia.
Drug-resistant salmonella linked to Wisconsin calves
Weak week for cheese prices
Great American Milk Drive passes million-gallon mark

Energy

FFA

Horses

Mustangs put to work in Wyoming wilderness
Jack Hatch has dedicated his horsemanship to training mustangs to safely haul rangers and materials into the expansive Teton Wilderness.
L.A. equestrian center quarantined for equine herpes virus
The infections came about after eight horses returned from a Las Vegas horse show last month.

Nursery

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Damaging insect found in Colorado’s largest wine region
The state Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University are investigating the source of the aphid-like bug and working with the vineyard...
Developer wants robotic apple picker in orchards in 2018
A robotic apple picker maybe commercially ready for orchards in two years and practical and affordable within 10 years, its developer says.
New apple poised for record-setting launch
Apples fit millennials’ values, Wal-Mart representative says
SugarBee apples head to stores this month

Organic

Outdoors

Research Center

Members of Congress push for more hops research
Resources should be reallocated so that hop research can be expanded into two, full-time USDA-ARS positions, more than 100 members of Congress say.
Industry seeks better malting barley varieties
The American Malting Barley Association is seeking improved varieties to bolster barley acres.
Idaho ag industry happy with pick to lead experiment station
Purdue scientists again partnering with Japanese company
Laboratory tracks down poisonous plants

Rural Life

Small Idaho school thinks big with aquaculture program
Mackay Junior-Senior High School is a small school, but it boasts an impressive aquaculture program.
Great American Milk Drive passes million-gallon mark
Milk is one of the most requested but least donated items at food banks, with donations providing less than one gallon per year per person served by...

Timber

Site of former Tacoma sawmill sold
The lumber mill was one of four Simpson properties Interfor Corp. bought for $94.7 million in March 2015.
Neighbors oppose Idaho plan to log cedar grove
About 50 people who live near the grove have signed a petition asking Fish and Game to reconsider cutting down the cedars.
Wood products manufacturer Rosboro sells to Illinois firm
Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America’s forests
Workers: Sexual harassment also rampant at Forest Service

Water

Latest compromise drought relief bill receives praise, opposition
A farm group is praising the latest effort at compromise drought relief legislation in Congress, calling it a step in the right direction.
Meeting with EPA on What’s Upstream frustrates lawmaker
A U.S. House member says he left meeting with EPA over What's Upstream advocacy campaign "mostly frustrated."
Group accuses water allocators of depriving farm-dependent species
Battle lines drawn in Washington over new wells
Northern California’s wet pattern to continue in December