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UC webinar series to help farms with agritourism
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UC webinar series to help farms with agritourism

DAVIS, Calif. — A series of upcoming University of California webinars will provide free marketing and other advice to farms that have made agritourism a part of their business.

The hour-long, 11 a.m. webinars will be held every two weeks...

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More than 500 youths raise livestock for annual show
More than 500 youths raise livestock for annual show

SPOKANE — For Brooklynn Phipps, the hardest part is not getting attached.

Phipps, a senior in Deer Park, Wash., High School, is showing two beef cattle to sell at the annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane.

She is one of 500 youths...

Ross Nels Iverson, patriarch of Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, dies at age 90
Ross Nels Iverson, patriarch of Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, dies at age 90

MONITOR, ORE. — It may come as no surprise that Ross Nels Iverson’s family is asking friends to bring their favorite tractors to the celebration of his life that will be held Saturday, May 7.

Iverson, patriarch of the...

Malheur occupation trial could last for months

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown is preparing for the trial of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers to last a long time, possibly months.

Speaking during a pre-trial status hearing Wednesday in Portland, Brown said she still wanted the...

Rapid Washington snowmelt fills streams
Rapid Washington snowmelt fills streams

YAKIMA, Wash. — April was a month of rapid snowmelt in the Washington Cascades giving irrigators plenty of water, but it may not last into late summer in valleys with little or no reservoirs.

Pear orchards in certain parts of the...

Fuel breaks to reduce wildfire risk being built in SW Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials plan to start putting in emergency fuel breaks this week in southwest Idaho to reduce wildfire risk.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the project in Owyhee County is part of a $67 million...

Forest Service plan would thwart Kalmiopsis nickel mine

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A plan to exclude mineral development on about 100,000 acres of federal land, to thwart a proposed nickel mine near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, is nearing fruition.

The U.S. Forest Service released its...

Judge: Plan for restoring PNW salmon runs not enough

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon in Portland on Wednesday rejected the federal...

What’s Upstream finally makes impression on Washington lawmakers
What’s Upstream finally makes impression on Washington lawmakers

A campaign funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sway Washington legislators apparently went unnoticed during the 2016 session, but it’s getting unflattering attention now.

The chairmen of the Senate and House agriculture...

Idaho sheep video gets 262,000 YouTube views
Idaho sheep video gets 262,000 YouTube views

WILDER, Idaho — A 23-minute video about Idaho sheep has generated a lot of attention on YouTube and nobody is quite sure why.

The video has been viewed more than 262,000 times since it was posted in June 2013.

It features Wilder...

Fruit packing wastewater permit updated

UNION GAP, Wash. — A general wastewater permit for the fresh fruit packing industry is being updated for 191 facilities across Washington by the state Department of Ecology.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES,...

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California

UC webinar series to help farms with agritourism

DAVIS, Calif. — A series of upcoming University of California webinars will provide free marketing and other advice to farms that have made...

Egg prices plunge as supplies rebound

FRESNO, Calif. — Commercial egg prices in California are plummeting, and a slow global economy combined with a rebounding chicken flock...

Chilean fruit company expands its U.S. footprint
Lesson plans teach elementary-school students about almonds
Marin County water use dropped significantly in last decade

Idaho

Kuna FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming

KUNA, Idaho — About 4,000 first and second graders from throughout the Treasure Valley received a hands-on farming experience May 2-5...

Fuel breaks to reduce wildfire risk being built in SW Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials plan to start putting in emergency fuel breaks this week in southwest Idaho to reduce wildfire...

Judge: Plan for restoring PNW salmon runs not enough
Idaho sheep video gets 262,000 YouTube views
Idaho lumber mill closing; workers’ future uncertain

Oregon

Oregon clarifies industrial hemp rules

Oregon has adopted temporary rules for people who want to grow or handle industrial hemp this summer. Revisions in the rules reflect changes made...

Straw-compressing dispute raises Oregon land use questions

SALEM — A conflict over a straw-compressing facility has raised legal questions over what type of crop “processing” or...

Ross Nels Iverson, patriarch of Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, dies at age 90
Malheur occupation trial could last for months
Forest Service plan would thwart Kalmiopsis nickel mine

Washington

More than 500 youths raise livestock for annual show

SPOKANE — For Brooklynn Phipps, the hardest part is not getting attached.

Phipps, a senior in Deer Park, Wash., High School, is...

Rapid Washington snowmelt fills streams

YAKIMA, Wash. — April was a month of rapid snowmelt in the Washington Cascades giving irrigators plenty of water, but it may not last into...

Judge: Plan for restoring PNW salmon runs not enough
What’s Upstream finally makes impression on Washington lawmakers
Fruit packing wastewater permit updated

Montana

$2 million indoor horse arena planned in Montana

DILLON, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Center for Horsemanship is planning a $2 million arena in Dillon.

The Montana Standard reports that...

Conrad Burns, who rose from auctioneer and broadcaster to U.S. senator, dies at 81

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him...

Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan
Farmer, researchers release plant guide
Grizzly recovery coordinator to retire after 35 years

Nevada

BLM’s Nevada boss urges roundup of 4,000 mustangs

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Nevada director wants to free up more federal rangeland for livestock grazing...

Nevada governor may sue if BLM won’t pony up for mustang roundups

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is considering legal action to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to pony up some money...

Nevada partnership tries to shrink size of mustang herd
Trial date in question in Nevada Bundy case
State officials say Nevada groundwater wells OK despite drought