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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Wind can be a firefighter’s worst nightmare. The wind’s magnitude can determine whether a fire can put out in hours or last weeks or even months.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Leah Ghielmetti stood in the center of a soft, sheltered Klamath County Fairgrounds dirt floor. She gently stroked a light caramel-colored horse named Peach, then shared her horse massage philosophy to a rapt group of college biology students taking notes at folding tab…

MERRILL, Ore. — The first-graders in Laci Teaters’ class at Merrill Elementary School had been waiting — 21 days to be exact.

Lexi Crawford, 34, is the first woman to hold a position on the Oregon Potato Commission in its nearly 70-year history. Crawford is junior partner at Gold Dust & Walker Farms in Malin.

GARDINER, Mont. — Bison managers are thrilled with the movement of five bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, and they hope it’s a sign of things to come.

RENO, Nev. — Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates.

KITTITAS, Wash. — Bryce Henderson strides across the green field in leather chaps, rapidly unwinding a long, rubber-coated wire behind him, carefully avoiding the iron’s hot-tipped rods. Squaring his shoulders toward the opening in a nearby pen, Bryce nods, signaling two cowboys who rope and…

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Skagit County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance seeking to protect the county’s brassica seed industry.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (H&N) — Members of four Klamath County high school equestrian teams have qualified for the Oregon High School Equestrian Team State Championships, according to a news release.

Living with and working with horses can be an enjoyable and exciting lifestyle, and it brings specific responsibilities. Owners are responsible for knowing and adhering to the laws governing the health and safety of each horse they transport.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview may soon see a change in facilities, layout and appearance following completion of a master plan funded, in part, through a recently acquired grant.

Environmentalists are continuing their legal battle against grazing on the Fremont-Winema National Forest with a lawsuit over federal management of a 170,000-acre livestock allotment in northern Klamath County.

BOISE — A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species — including imperiled sage grouse — is a paradigm shift in strategy, federal officials said.

LOGAN, Utah — A link between vaccines and autism in humans has been repeatedly disproved, but a trend against vaccination that originated in the United Kingdom and is now trickling into the United States, has some pet owners refusing to vaccinate their pets.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has agreed to resume a birth control project for a herd of free-roaming mustangs on a range near Reno and horse advocates are looking forward to getting back to their work in the field.