Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat
Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat

Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat that the threatened species doesn’t actually occupy.

Despite the fish’s absence,...

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Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths
Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s spring offensive against gypsy moths passed the halfway point Tuesday, with a second pesticide application over a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of...

Man plans horseback trip from Washington to Michigan reunion

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback from Washington to his 50th high school reunion in Michigan.

Vern Herrst, 67, began his trip Friday from the Methow Valley in northern...

Feds use prescribed fire to make progress in Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s nothing secret about what’s planned for Area 74 — a swath of forested land along the Continental Divide in southern New Mexico that needs attention.

After years of planning, crews with...

Dozens protest bill allowing diversion of Maui water

HONOLULU (AP) — Kamalani Pahukoa said her family would be able to farm all of their taro patches in Keanae if streams flowing to east Maui are restored.

Right now, the streams are currently being diverted, Pahukoa said. Her family has...

Worker dies after accident at Michigan food processing plant

EAST JORDAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old worker has died after an accident at a food processing plant in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

Police and firefighters responded late Monday to Burnette Foods in East...

Kraft Heinz announces timeline for closing Oscar Mayer plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison’s Oscar Mayer plant is now slated to close by March 2017, ending nearly 100 years as a part of the city.

Parent company Kraft Heinz Food Co. announced the impending closure in November, along with the...

Chipotle posts first quarterly loss after food scares

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle posted its first quarterly loss as a public company as it fights to win back diners with free burritos following a series of food scares.

The Mexican food chain says sales tumbled 29.7 percent at established...

Louisiana lawmakers ponder hemp pilot program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State Rep. Jack Montoucet wants to study the growing of industrial hemp. But first he had to persuade his colleagues he wasn’t creating a path toward legalizing marijuana.

Montoucet’s proposal would...

Foreign-matter contamination prompts Pilgrim’s Pride recall

WACO, Texas (AP) — Pilgrim’s Pride has ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.

The recall of...

McDonald’s testing McNugget recipe without preservatives

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is testing Chicken McNuggets with no artificial preservatives as it works to revive its U.S. business.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it began testing the new recipe in about 140 stores...

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Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat

Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat...

Oregon Wheat Commission considers budget, research funding

Decreasing wheat acreage over the past couple years poses some complications for the Oregon Wheat Commission as it puts together its 2016-17...

Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules
Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations
Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths

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Man plans horseback trip from Washington to Michigan reunion

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback from Washington to his 50th high school...

Feds use prescribed fire to make progress in Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s nothing secret about what’s planned for Area 74 — a swath of forested land along the...

Dozens protest bill allowing diversion of Maui water
Worker dies after accident at Michigan food processing plant
Kraft Heinz announces timeline for closing Oscar Mayer plant

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Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat

Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat...

Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands delivered four wildland firefighting engines and five “slip-in” units to five of the...

Man plans horseback trip from Washington to Michigan reunion
Feds use prescribed fire to make progress in Southwest
Nevada governor may sue if BLM won’t pony up for mustang roundups

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W. Oregon plan attacked from all sides

In the 21st century, government agencies follow a step-by-step protocol for any resource management plans they put together. It goes something...

EPA funds water quality campaign to mislead public

The controversy over the Environmental Protection Agency’s role in an advertising and social media campaign to influence Washington state...

Bureau of Reclamation makes offer irrigators can’t refuse
Supreme Court to decide strong-arm case
Congress should speak up against EPA boondoggle

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Hazelnut grower finds satisfaction in service

Giving back is important to longtime hazelnut grower Wayne Chambers, who has presided over his 145-acre orchard for the last 50 years with his...

Cider making comes naturally to orchardist

SALEM, Ore. — Kevin Zielinski didn’t set out to be a cidermaker.

“I was already a full-time farmer,” he says.

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