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.
It’s well known that Box Elder County is a leader in agriculture among Utah’s 29 counties, and new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shed light on just how important Box Elder farmers are to the agriculture economy.
Many brands have mascots to help engage consumers with their products. Examples include Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny, the Jolly Green Giant, Mr. Peanut — and I have no doubt you can name dozens of others.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s wet spring and below-average temperatures the last three months will likely mean a later start for forest fires, but rangeland fires could be a problem as grasses dry out, a federal wildfire forecaster said Tuesday.
Lamb Weston expands Hermiston, Oregon, fry plant
The Rogue Pack has traveled into Klamath County, with a confirmed livestock kill in Fort Klamath, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.
A ranch near Laramie that provides a sanctuary for aging and abused farm animals is still facing an uncertain future as it looks for a new home.
BURLEY — Embattled beef processor Ida-Beef has again botched a slaughter, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.
MOSCOW — A partnership between University of Idaho and an international wheat and barley breeding company is yielding its first collaborative wheat varieties, selected for planting in the Pacific Northwest.
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — A small grove of mature pine trees — one of which holds an eagle’s nest and two bald eagles — will have to come down if the Swan Lake Energy Storage powerline is stretched across Leonard Jespersen’s ranch.
BURLEY — McDonald’s french fries were scrutinized by robotic eyes, peeled, sorted and bagged in a highly automated process Monday as visitors toured the new McCain Foods USA plant during the company’s grand opening.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found substantial levels of a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according to FDA researchers.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the grazing permits issued to father and son ranchers who were the focus of a battle about public land.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Democratic governor of Montana who is running for president and the Republican secretary of state who wants his job are locked in a constitutional dispute over a uniquely Western issue that lies at the intersection of politics, wildlife, agriculture and property rights.
POCATELLO — University of Idaho has announced a long list of summer field days, tours and events.
NEWDALE — Two Eastern Idaho farmers recently met with top USDA leaders in Washington, D.C., arguing barley should receive payments tied to wheat through a federal program to help growers offset losses caused by trade disruptions.
It’s a special distinction to be honored for a profession that’s been upheld for generations.
Washington farmers to plant more hemp
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — With the slice of a razor blade, Pinki Devi removes the top of a watermelon seedling and clips it to a squash stem. Beside her, Abigail Attavar comments that the new plant looks like Frankenstein’s monster.
Cold Feb. pushes Wash. wheat crop back 1 month
SALEM, Ore. — Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon’s wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared May 15 that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government’s proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list.
SILVERTHORNE, Colo. — The hands and managers at Maryland Creek Ranch are watching their expecting mothers around the clock, as the historic cattle ranch in northern Silverthorne can’t afford to lose a single head.
MOORPARK, Calif. — John and Molly Chester, a filmmaker and a chef, had made a decision that many urbanites only fantasize about: They decided to leave their life in Los Angeles and start a farm that would function in harmony with nature.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Montana exports more than $1 billion in agricultural products annually, helping generate revenue of about $68 million for Gallatin County farmers.
Grizzly euthanized after breaking into barn
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Water Resources Department is in the process of validating a call on Upper Klamath Lake tributaries, including the Wood River, filed by senior water right holders — the Klamath Tribes — on April 18.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Viva Farms is looking to sign up more low-income residents in Skagit County for its community-supported agriculture program, a weekly subscription to produce grown by local farmers.
BELGRADE, Mont. — Fourth-graders from all over the area enjoyed a day out of their classrooms last week at the Gallatin Valley Farm Fair north of Belgrade.
LOGAN, Utah — Lyle “Doc” McNeal was honored at the Riverwoods Conference Center in April, celebrating his more than 40 years at Utah State University. McNeal will be retiring in July from teaching agricultural sciences.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — At the Washington Head Start Center, 4-year-old Kaesius Molnar and his classmates are learning about fruits and vegetables — where they come from, how they grow and how they taste.