HELENA, Montana — The state of Montana has paid more for livestock killed by predators in 2019 than ever before, and those affected are grappling with how to respond.

PORTLAND, Oregon — A group of Idaho wheat farmers and industry representatives visited Portland recently on a tour designed to give them a better understanding of the region’s wheat industry and the importance of the Columbia-Snake River system.

Mountain snowpack levels throughout Idaho entered January well below normal, but irrigators can breathe a bit easier thanks to a recent turn toward wetter weather and strong reservoir carryover.

BURLGINGTON, Washington — Improving the flavor of barley used to make whiskey and finding new varieties for farmers to grow are some of the goals of a new fellowship that will begin next summer at Washington State University’s Bread Lab west of Burlington.

PRESTON — Ann Moedl was recently named Woman of the Year by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation for District 1. She was one of five women recognized Dec. 4 at the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s 80th annual meeting. Several members of Ann’s family are involved in agriculture.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Idaho agribusiness firm is planning to compete with farm entrepreneur Frank Tiegs to buy the bankrupt NORPAC cooperative’s processing facility in Quincy, Washington.

MOUNT VERNON, Washington — Spiky chestnut burrs resembling sea urchins lie on the ground, blending in with orange leaves that have fallen.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Experts in Oregon, the nation’s No. 1 supplier of Christmas trees, say prices for a holiday evergreen will remain higher this year due to a tight supply.

DRIGGS — Farmers who divert from the Teton River Basin hope a new aquifer recharge pilot program will bolster late-season flows in the system and extend their irrigation season.

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Washington’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday to raise some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place.

BOISE — Nearly 100 Treasure Valley community members have donated to Global Gardens, the refugee farming and gardening program in Boise, after organizers announced it would be short on grant funding this year.

Budweiser has some beautiful horses, but Cache Valley has Monty, Ace, Robo, Myron, Victor and Hal — 2018 world champions of the World Clydesdale Show held in Madison, Wis., last month.

LOGAN, Utah — Jars of golden honey lined a classroom table in the nutrition building at Utah State University on Nov. 1, as beekeepers of various skill levels brought samples of their crops showcasing a range of colors, textures and flavors for the Cache Valley Beekeepers Association annual …

CENTRAL POINT, Oregon — Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River blue cheese has been named world’s best cheese at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. Expert judges from around the globe tasted 3,800 of the world’s most distinguished cheeses to choose Rogue River blue as the world champion. …

KETCHUM — The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is pleased to host the first of three free evening tours of its new visual arts exhibition, Behind the Sagebrush Curtain: Women Modernists in Montana and Idaho.

Robots are planting crops, weeding fields and milking cows on a few farm’s in Northwest Washington’s Skagit Valley, and many farmers use semi-autonomous tractors that can steer themselves.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes and horse ranches Wednesday, forced the evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs and narrowly bypassed the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, protected in part by a buffer …

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Congressional Democrats are demanding the Interior Department produce an overdue report on plans to manage wild horses roaming federal lands in the West after the head of its public lands agency told reporters it will take $5 billion and 15 years to get overpopulated herds …

South of the Treasure Valley, fly across the Snake River and the snow-streaked Owyhee Mountains rise to more than 8,000 feet. Here, a vast region known as the Owyhee Canyonlands comes into view.

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — From cattle pasture land owned by a brother of Walt Disney to being farmed by Tally Ho Farms, the history surrounding 6,000 acres south of the Running Y Resort is as rich as the soil it sits on.

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 …

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 …

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.