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Study blames pot farms for poisoning of owls

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. A new study said rat poison from pot farms in California forests appears to be poisoning endangered Northern spotted owls. Scientists for the University of California at Davis and the California Academy of Sciences published the study Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rat poison is contaminating threatened northern spotted owls in California forests, and marijuana farms appear to be to blame, according to a study published Thursday.

Potato Conference marks 50 years

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From left, John Keeling, CEO and executive vice president of the National Potato Council; Ryan Krabill, director of research and analysis for Potatoes USA; and Pat Kole, vice president of legal and government affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission; begin an open-table discussion on issues facing national and state potato organzations Wednesday during the first day of the 2018 Idaho Potato Conference at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

In commemoration of its 50-year anniversary the Idaho Potato Conference, once known as the Idaho Potato School, featured presentations on the history of the conference during Wednesday’s opening day of seminars in the Bengal Theater of the Pond Student Union on the campus of Idaho State University.

Ag equipment dealers expect 2018 will be better

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From left, Robert and Carol Johnson, of Grant, talk with Travis Blacker, industry relations director for the Idaho Potato Commission, on Tuesday, the first day of the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo at Idaho State University's Holt Arena in Pocatello.

With the combined forces of a strong economy, continuing good prices for potatoes and revisions in the federal tax code, the prevailing mood was a positive one at this week’s Eastern Idaho Ag Expo.

Mich. farmer to open new game bird preserve

In this undated photo, Chris Butz holds a chukar, a pheasant he is raising for a new game bird preserve on his land in Solon Township, Mich. Butz's preserve will be the first in Leelanau County. (Tessa Lighty/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

CEDAR, Mich. — Area yak and alpaca farmer Chris Butz is expanding his agritourism offerings by opening the first game bird preserve in Leelanau County.