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H-2A continues rapid growth in Washington
Use of H-2A visa foreign guestworkers continues to leap upward in Washington state, mainly driven by the state's tree fruit industry.

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Cattlemen ponder future of their livelihoods with wolves
Cattlemen ponder future of their livelihoods with wolves
Washington cattlemen wonder what's in store for them next spring with regard to wolves and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's game plan to manage wolf-livestock conflicts.
Wash. animal disease traceability system on track
Wash. animal disease traceability system on track
The Washington State Department of Agriculture is on track to implement a modernized animal traceability system by July 2015. The department is proposing several new rules, including the elimination of a 15-animal dairy exemption and a fee to help...
Cattlemen call for more Ecology transparency
Cattlemen call for more Ecology transparency
Washington Cattlemen's Association is proposing changes to the state Department of Ecology to boost transparency in water regulations.
Sage-grouse work earns Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District award
Sage-grouse work earns Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District award
The Southeast Oregon district worked with ranchers to improve sage-grouse habitat in exchange for protection from additional regulations and restrictions.
Greater sage grouse next conservation battle
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement Wednesday that it was designating the Gunnison sage grouse a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act means that it could impose limits on oil and gas drilling and other activities, although...
Bison meat industry looks to grow
Bison meat industry looks to grow
Bison meat is more common as a high-end, healthy food choice in grocery stores, but the number of farmed animals and producers dropped in the 2012 USDA Ag Census from the one in 2007.
Symposium to explore antibiotic resistance
Organizers of the symposium say antibiotic-resistant foodborne diseases cause an estimated 410,000 illnesses in the United States annually.
Riverside man arrested after calf found in car
Riverside man arrested after calf found in car
Animal control officers found that the bovine’s ear identification tag had been forcibly removed.
Closure of butcher shops leaves growers unpaid
Bill the Butcher, an upscale chain of meat shops in Seattle, has shut down with roughly $500,000 owed to nich meat producers across the Northwest.
Feds eye ways to avoid sage grouse listing
Feds eye ways to avoid sage grouse listing
“I’m optimistic that we have a good chance to get to a ‘not-warranted’ determination,” Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said about a potential sage grouse listing.