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Irrigator group sues Bureau of Reclamation
The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Board representative Darryll Olsen said the group wants movement on water service contracts for their efforts to replace declining aquifer water...

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4 children with E. coli, 2 more sick after dairy festival
The health department is trying to determine a specific source of the illness.
AgChat founder: Farmers aren’t leading conversation
AgChat founder: Farmers aren’t leading conversation
AgChat Foundation founder Michele Payne-Knoper wrapped up the Pacific Northwest "Agvocacy" conference in Airway Heights, Wash., by asking participants to spend 15 minutes a day trying different social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Bloggers help public understand beef, commission exec says
Bloggers help public understand beef, commission exec says
Washington State Beef Commission executive director Patti Brumbach says the beef industry's next crisis will be more immediate due to the widespread use of smart phones. Pro-agricultural bloggers will be crucial in helping to spread honest communication,...
Washington hemp bill grows in scope, cost
An expensive bill to regulate the new crop bogs down in the House Budget Committee.
Drought cuts into second-cutting hay
Drought cuts into second-cutting hay
With drought reducing the water supply in Washington's Kittitas Valley, growers are preparing for just one cutting of Timothy and alfalfa. The main irrigation district hopes to have enough water left for pastures, cattle and tree fruit.
Washington irrigators look for water
Washington irrigators look for water
Irrigation districts in Washington's Lower Yakima Valley are rationing water, considering temporary shutdowns and trying to lease water from each other as the drought unfolds.
Rail lines that cater to ag escape oil train tax
Rail lines that cater to ag escape oil train tax
Oil train bill won't increase taxes on railroad companies that haul farm products.
NE Washington haygrowers set spring meeting
The Northeast Washington Haygrowers Association spring meeting is 8:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 9 near Deer Park, Wash.
State agency: Water prices high, supplies tight
A state agency projects that water will be expensive and hard to come by in the drought-stricken Yakima Basin.
Washington asparagus industry eyes a comeback
Washington asparagus industry eyes a comeback
Washington asparagus may be at a turning point after 24 years of decline. Yields should improve with high-density planting but finding enough pickers is a problem.