BOISE, Idaho (AP) — One option in a plan to battle devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada creates 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of fuel breaks up to 400 feet (120 meters) wide along existing roads.
THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago.
MALIN, Ore. — It’s green, it’s growing in spades, and it’s got a unique smell that may be slightly familiar to some.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Orange, yellow, white and purple carrots of all shapes and sizes were harvested this week as part of a research trial to test carrots’ genetic resistance to disease.
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on local grain economies. Part II, detailing the rise of small mills in the Northwest, will run in the Oct. 11 edition of Farm & Ranch. Part III, describing the Washington State University Bread Lab’s efforts to promote …
How do you move an Atlantic Giant pumpkin that weighs hundreds of pounds? Slowly and carefully.
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation awards a grape or wine industry employee the opportunity to take a sabbatical in an established wine-producing region of the world to learn more about winegrape growing or winemaking.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. and Japan on Wednesday signed a limited trade deal that will eliminate tariffs and expand market access on farm, industrial and digital products. But the deal does not address autos, a key sticking point during months of contentious negotiations, and President …
MARQUAM, Ore. (AP) — Rancher Jerome Rosa sat in his mud-spattered pickup truck, glumly watching some of his cows resting on a grassy slope in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley.
RENO, Nev. — Congress is closer to approving a contentious wild horse initiative backed by national animal welfare groups and the livestock industry but condemned by leaders of the largest and oldest coalition of mustang advocates in the West.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — There are several sayings written on the garage door in Ellensburg custom saddle maker Janneman Pienaar’s shop, but the one that seemed to stand out read, “It’s your duty in life to preserve your dream.”
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Although agricultural technology continues to evolve as it has over the last century, there is a dedicated group of individuals who strive to preserve the machines that made it possible to survive as a farmer 100 years ago.
"If you lose optimism, you're done."
Could machine-harvested blueberries have hand-picked quality? That’s the question a national team of scientists is hoping to answer, and it could impact Skagit County blueberry farms.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A critical navigation lock at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River should re-open on Sept. 30, after closing earlier this month when a concrete sill was found to be cracked.
LEWISTON — A group representing the Taiwan Flour Mills Association came to the Lewis-Clark Valley from September 6-9 to see how Idaho wheat growers maintain a high-quality standard. The TFMA team saw how wheat is tested, stored and prepared for delivery by barge on the Snake River.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has transferred 55 wild bison to a Montana Indian reservation under a program that aims to establish new disease-free herds of the animals, park and tribal officials said Friday.
COLFAX, Wash. (AP) — Harvest time in eastern Washington usually brings out tractors, trucks and other modern machinery as farmers bring in their crops.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — New rules for selling cattle in Washington are scheduled to take effect in October, hiking fees and nudging producers into using USDA-approved radio-frequency identification tags.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Southeastern Washington has been producing high-quality wines for decades. But in the past five years, the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley have drawn international accolades for the reds — particularly syrahs — produced from the unique soil just across the border…
If someone were to drive by as Nick McCoy, 83, and Larry Thomas, 78, cut hay in pastures south of Bozeman, it might seem as though they’ve entered a time warp.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — As one drives through the Kittitas Valley during summertime, signs of agriculture are everywhere. The star of the valley, of course, is the world-famous timothy hay, but farmers this season have planted other crops, as well.
BOW, Washington — Federal money is helping Skagit County dairy farmers better manage manure while lessening the environmental impacts of the farms.
TREMONTON, Utah — McKenzie Sorensen lost the calf she planned to show at the Box Elder County Fair a few months into raising it and had to start from scratch with a new animal.
Idaho Potato Commission mulls redistricting
Food Producers of Idaho, representing over 40 commodity and farm organizations in Idaho, has named the 2019 Featured Farm Families for Twin Falls County Fair.
TWIN FALLS — Chobani has a new president.
There’s a lot of time to think while sitting behind the wheel of a combine.
Skagit County, Washington, dairy farmer Dwayne Faber said young farmers need to have more of a business mindset than farmers of previous generations and they need to think of innovative ways to run their farms.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Producers from six small farms have divulged how they are using new techniques and inventions in the growing and harvesting of berries.
RITZVILLE, Wash. — Larry Yockey seeded 1,200 acres of wheat last fall as he always did.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — A few blocks from the Skagit County Fairgrounds on Aug. 6, a noise came from the trailer of a pickup truck. A goat’s bleat.
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — Twila Slease was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, with a portion of her spine outside her body, according to her uncle, Tim Slease.
Reigning as queen of That Famous Preston Night Rodeo is McKenna Ward, from Burley. Her first attendant is Taylor Hymas, of Ovid, and second attendant is Hadley Seeds from West Point, Utah.
That Famous Preston Night Rodeo Committee is $300,000 closer to their goal to enlarge the capacity of and improve their arena. Local grocery store owner Larry Stokes and his children have pledged $300,000 toward the effort.
Agriculture can be as much a lifestyle as it is an occupation. Farmers often don’t retire — they just keep on working. That’s not always easy, though, as back problems, knee problems and any number of other disabilities can get in the way.
The Albany County Fair, hosted July 23 through Aug. 3, is an opportunity for young people to work with their hands, spend time in the warm summer weather and improve their skills before they go back to sitting in desks for nine months. With so many different categories of competition, Albany…
Low Skagit River flows and rules about water use have created challenges this summer for area farmers who rely on the river to irrigate their crops.
MOUNT VERNON — Will sweet potatoes grow in Skagit County? What about popping beans?
A county fair ends in one short week, yet behind-the-scenes local residents have been toiling for a year to organize it.
Ellensburg is a rural town surrounded by many miles of farmland. When many people think about what those farms surely look like, they would think of acres of hay, vegetables, vineyards, orchards and pastures. However, farms can also be found deep in Ellensburg’s residential neighborhoods.
Often lauded as one of the state’s major business success stories, owners of a prominent Montana farm have sold their land.
Thorp School in Kittitas County, Washington, plans to incorporate sustainable farming into its curriculum sometime next school year by utilizing an empty 2-acre plot of land on school grounds.
CHEYENNE – Kneeling beside a horse, Katie Seabaugh uses a portable X-ray machine to make sure a needle slides perfectly inside the horse’s hock.
It’s the week following the Fourth of July and a group of Idaho Department of Fish and Game employees have been busy collaring elk in western and central Idaho as part of a research study on deterrence measures to try to limit the increasing annual number of crop depredation claims Fish and …
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BOTHWELL, Utah — When Bill and Amy Meighan moved to Bothwell five years ago, they were overwhelmed by the support from their new neighbors.
BOW, Wash. — Each week, Island Grown Farmers Cooperative travels to farms in Skagit and surrounding counties to offer U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified mobile slaughter services.
MALIN, Ore. — Attendees of a historical and agricultural bus tour on Friday morning got up close with Malin’s past, present and future.
In the latest attempt to address conflict between rural residents and a growing elk herd in east Skagit County, Washington, state and tribal wildlife co-managers are working through a new “action plan.”
ELLENSBURG, Washington — The family behind Irish Eyes Garden Seeds is embarking on a new venture that aims to keep the agricultural roots of the family going for generations to come.
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Work can go forward on a trail crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley, a judge has ruled.
Legislators on the Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee began discussions this week on how to assert great influence over programming and funding for the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.