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Trump adviser: No more EPA-funded attacks on farmers

- White House adviser says Trump won't tolerate billboards that attack farmers

Washington Farm Bureau likes new recipe for food forum

- Washington Farm Bureau reverses stance on food policy forum

House ag committee backs phased-in beef checkoff increase

- House ag committee passes beef checkoff bill

Two farm suppliers lobby Washington lawmakers for tax-law change

- Two Eastern Washington farm chemical suppliers may get tax relief

Senate’s ‘use it or lose it’ water bill heads to House

- Senate sends over bill to ensure a farmer who saves water doesn't lose water right

Western Innovator: Guarding plants against sneak attacks

- Cindy Cooper, plants services program manager at Washington State Department of Agriculture

Washington’s wolves multiply, but stay bunched up

- Washington now has 115 wolves, up 28 percent from last year, but not much closer to recovery

WDFW reply to sharp email on wolves causes flap

- Washington wolf email flap

WDFW floats new way to count wolf attacks

- WDFW floats new way of counting wolf depredations

WA lawmakers asked to fund manure-into-water technology

- Washington engineer says he has the solution to dairy's manure problem

Washington dairy industry touts safety training

- Washington dairy safety training coming

Federal government OKs hemp seeds for Washington state

- Washington receives federal OK to import hemp seeds, opening the way for spring plantings

Washington lawmaker not on board with hiking beef checkoff

- Washington state lawmakers says he doubts House will got for doubling Beef Commission's budget

Washington House OKs food policy bill

- Washington House passes amended version of food policy bill that rankled food producers

Washington groups work to reduce rural well restrictions

- The Washington Senate has passed a 'Hirst fix,' but legislation has bogged down in the House

Washington Senate trims, passes piece-rate bill

- Washington Senate passes bill to give growers formula for setting back pay claims, but legislation leaves open what future practices will be

Washington railroads on track for regulatory relief

- Bill to spare small railroads from the brunt of new regs passes Wahington House

Officials issue alert after snowmelt flows off dairies

- Washington Department of Health warns residents of Central Washington community that water system may be tainted by manure

Washington judge hands food companies $1 million legal tab

- A Washington judge orders Grocery Manufacturers Association to pay nearly $1.1 million in attorney fees stemming from campaign disclosure violation

WSDA readies hemp rules, but needs federal OK

- Washington State Department of Agriculture prepares rules for growing hemp, but it still needs seeds to make the program sprout

Pesticide alert proposal stalls in Washington legislature

- Washington legislation to require farmers to alert neighbors at least 48 hours before spaying stalled in the House, but law firm and union leader say the push will continue

Washington Farm Bureau joins suit against pay, sick leave law

- Washington Farm Bureau hopes suit against minium wage, sick leave will break losing streak

Washington commission confirms What’s Upstream stayed within state law

- What's Upstream may have been sophisticated and well funded, but it wasn't grassroots lobbying, according to Washington Public Disclosure Commission

Washington dairies, environmentalists appeal Ecology’s manure rules

- Washington dairy industry and environmental groups file separate legal challenges to Department of Ecology's new rules for storing and spreading manure

Washington pot growers seek right-to-farm protection

- Washington marijuana growers seek protection under the state's right-to-farm act, but they still may not be treated like mainstream agriculture

Washington farmers seek shield against agritourist lawsuits

- Washington farmers with agritourism activities are asking legislators for immunity from being sued for injuries and deaths

WDFW cites threats as reason to tighten release of wolf records

- House committee endorses legislation stemming from death threats against Washington wildlife manages and ranchers

Watchdog: What’s Upstream apparently spent too little

- Updated story on PDC staff clearing of What's Upstream

Washington lawmaker’s wolf bill gets heard, but not passed

- A Washington legislator's proposal to de-list wolves in his district falls flat, but not before the issue gets raised

Watchdog agency staff rejects farm group’s complaint against What’s Upstream

- PDC-What's Upstream breaking news

WSDA estimates ‘15 drought damage topped $700 million

- Washington Department of Agriculture estimates the 2015 drought caused between $633 million and $773 million in economic damages

Some, not all, Washington ranchers back raising brand fees

- Washington lawmakers consider raising brand inspection fees; some cattlemen's groups support the plan, but not all

Washington orchardists take pay muddle to lawmakers

- Farmers seek legislative shelter from class-action lawsuits over back pay claims

Inslee administration: More people need more public land

- Washington Farm Bureau says halt growth in state-owned land, but state agencies we need more public land because we'll have more residents

Hard winter tests Western Washington dairies

- Northwest Washington dairy farmers redisover hardships of a tough winter

Inslee: Suppression, carbon fuel catastrophic wildfires

- Inslee on forests: too much fire suppression and climate change

Train exec rails against Ecology oil spill rule

- Washington railroad executive says new state Department of Ecology rule on oil spills will make hauling vegetable oils unprofitable

WA house takes ‘step one’ on rural well prohibition

- Washington House Hirst bills

Food forum picks up where roundtable left off, backers say

- Washingon lawmakers consider backing a new panel on food policy; don't let it stray, Farm Bureau asks

What’s Upstream planned nearly $200,000 blitz to regulate farmers

- What's Upstream planned to spend nearly $200,000 in federal funds on 'robust' campaign in 2016 to regulate Washington farmers

Advisory group at odds over best way to reduce wolf attacks

- Washington county official suggests fewer wolves would have to be killed if wildlife managers intervene sooner

House panel OKs higher pay out for deer, elk damage

- House agriculture committee approves bill to double max compensation for crop damage by deer and elk

State seeks nominations to fill Washington wolf advisory panel openings

- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildife seeks to fill three vacancies on the Wolf Advisory Group

WSDA fines two dairies in water pollution cases

- The Washington Department of Agriculture has fined two dairies for discharging manure into surface water

Inslee vows to stay the course on climate change

- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says his administration will soldier on with climate-change agenda, even though it lost its federal ally

Quagga mussels a threat to irrigators, lawmaker warns

- Quagga mussels are a threat to irrigation systems, and Washington should be on guard, a state senator says

Washington Ecology plots course to pick farm practices

- Washington Department of Ecology announces the process to develop agriculture best-management practices

Washington Farm Bureau backs bill to overturn ruling on wells

- Washngton Senate committee takes testimony on water bills responding to a court ruling the Farm Bureau calls 'terrible'

Washington feedlots ask out of state air law

- Washington beef industry asks lawmakers to exempt feedlots from state Clean Water Act; Ecology says it needs to keep regulatory hammer