Debate over dairy pollution rages on

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Environmental protection groups in Washington state are suing operators of large dairies over their management of manure. Idaho dairymen worry that the outcome of the suit could affect dairy waste-holding lagoons in Idaho, such as these in Jerome County, photographed in May 2007.

TWIN FALLS — An ongoing lawsuit in Washington state has reopened the national debate about nitrate levels in groundwater.

Big corn, soybean harvests could create challenges

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First Wash. pot auction earns $600,000

Leo Gontmakher, a marijuana processor with Northwest Cannabis Solutions in Sultan, Wash., smells a bag of marijuana Saturday during the auction at Fireweed Farms in Prosser, Wash. Fireweed Farms auctioned off 300 pounds of marijuana in the first auction of its kind in the state.

PROSSER, Wash. — The state’s first pot auction unfolded Saturday afternoon behind the screened fences of a denuded marijuana farm.

Eastern Idaho dairymen honored

Paige Nelson / for Farm & Ranch
Labelle dairy farmer James Bazil feeds his 60 cows by hand twice daily in June. His cows' diet consists of high-quality alfalfa, a grain mix and a molasses-based supplement. Last week, Bazil received the United Dairymen of Idaho 2014 Idaho Milk Quality Award at the group's annual meeting in Boise.

BOISE — Eastern Idaho dairymen fared well last week, as dairy farmers and industry partners gathered in Boise for the United Dairymen of Idaho’s annual meeting when awards were given out to honor d

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