Farm Aid festival turns 25

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Farm Aid will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Milwaukee.

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews will visit Miller Park Oct. 2 for "Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America."

The all-day festival is the longest-running benefit concert in the United States.

Farm Aid has raised nearly $37 million to help keep family farmers on their land.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 14 and range from $39.50 to $97.50.

Water flow to farms delayed

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Work to restore the full flow of irrigation water to thousands of acres of northern Utah farmland could be delayed.

The water flow was lost in summer 2009 when a mudslide broke the Logan Northern Canal and killed a mother and her two children in their Logan home.

In March the Cache County Council agreed to partner with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service on a $27 million project to build a new canal. It would serve customers of the canal that failed and the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal. Construction was to start as early as fall.

But the conservation service decided to do a complete environmental impact study on the project instead of an environmental assessment. That could add two years to the process.

Mother of wolf pack missing

TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- The mother wolf of the state's first confirmed pack of wolves in 70 years is missing.

The Wenatchee World reports that biologists don't know where the alpha female wolf has gone and they fear someone killed her. There's also the possibility that the radio collar biologists equipped her with has stopped working. Her radio collar stopped transmitting a signal on May 12.

Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Scott Fitkin says the collars are supposed to work for four years.

The wolf pack, which numbers at least seven, settled in the Okanogan National Forest area, near Twisp in north central Washington. Their presence was confirmed in 2008. Two wolves were collared.

Fitkin says the collar on the alpha male of the pack is still working.

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