KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Michael and Katie Mastagni were saddling up for another long day of tracking down their cattle over landscape scorched by the Bootleg Fire.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — Amid this summer’s historic heat wave, the state has updated rules requiring more precautions for workers exposed to hot weather, such as those in agriculture and construction.
“As far as I can remember, this is the driest it’s been at this time of year."
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state on Friday became the second state in the Pacific Northwest in as many days to announce emergency rules that provide farmworkers and others who work outdoors more protection from hot weather in the wake of an extreme heat wave that is believed to have ki…
ELLENSBURG, Washington — Over in the corner of the indoor riding facility is a small wheelchair. It almost goes unnoticed in the large, magnificent facility out on Sorenson Road in the Badger Pocket.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — One week after record-breaking heat battered Skagit County and much of western Washington, area farmers are assessing the damage to their crops while continuing to cope with an unusually warm and dry growing season.
MANHATTAN, Montana — The Gallatin Valley has the perfect soil and weather for making one of God’s best ideas ever – beer.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A female wolf that had pups earlier this year has been illegally killed in northeast Washington state.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A drought is forcing Oregon to consider major changes this summer to everything from how it stocks trout in lakes and reservoirs across the state to when it will release some species of fish from hatcheries.
OTIS, Ore. (AP) — Wildfire smoke was thick when Tye and Melynda Small went to bed on Labor Day, but they weren’t too concerned. After all, they live in a part of Oregon where ferns grow from tree trunks and rainfall averages more than six feet (1.8 meters) a year.
At the beginning of an Idaho fire season that’s starting about a month early and appears poised to be severe, federal fire officials anticipate major problems with wildfires caused by unattended campfires.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Seven apple varieties previously believed to be lost or extinct have been found in eastern Washington state, including several on land near the communities of Pullman, Colfax and Moscow.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has sided with state environmental regulators who are using a law that provides protection from repeat polluters against an Idaho-based mining company and its chief executive.
The last load of raw milk left the ranch outside Montana State Prison on Dec. 27, drying up a decades-long run for the prison’s work program that was clipped by a shift in a single company’s global commerce policy.
ELLENSBURG, Washington — A group of local teens got their hands dirty Sunday, helping create an opportunity for local seniors to raise livestock.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — When the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, many people bought flowers to send to loved ones and frontline workers or to brighten their homes.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — A federal judge sentenced a Bozeman man to two-and-a-half years in prison and to pay restitution for stealing and selling cattle and cattle embryos and defrauding a bank and a business partner.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Agricultural workers in Washington state would become eligible for overtime pay under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.
The new wolf-related laws are a mix of directives with little ambiguity while others leave some decisions up to wildlife managers and the commission.
BELGRADE, Montana — It was a mixed sack of potato news, what happened last year to the Valley's spud farmers.
Utah State University and a governmental research arm based in Scotland recently formed a partnership to collaborate on research in environmental and agricultural science.
LARAMIE, Wyoming — Unlike his previous business venture — one in which he never saw the actual process because everything was manufactured in China — Kyle Koster determined his latest business would be entirely different. Not only would he learn the process, but once that goal was accomplish…
ELLENSBURG, Washington — When it comes to all things rodeo, Daniel Beard has earned his spurs and then some.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — As the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up locally a year ago, the family that owns RoozenGaarde and Washington Bulb Co. found itself with millions of flowers without buyers at the height of tulip season.
LARAMIE, Wyoming — When the Bath family considers how the Laramie area has changed in the time they’ve lived here, they’ve got a different perspective than other families.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — A Skagit Conservation District pilot program helped 10 Skagit County farmers plant 439 acres of cover crops last fall.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Five wolves were found dead in northeastern Oregon in February, according to law authorities.
ELLENSBURG, Washington — Joel Smith rose from his chair where he sat with former Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame presidents Teri Phillip and Mike Allen to greet a couple who entered into his pride and joy on Pearl Street Saturday morning.
While Skagit County garden centers and nurseries are doing their best to prepare for the upcoming gardening season, they warn that there could be shortages of plants due to the growth in interest in gardening that began last year.
BELGRADE, Montana — Robert Keith doesn’t believe ranch owners and consumers need to make a choice between a healthy beef cattle industry and protecting natural resources, and he says Philosopher’s Beef is proof of that.
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — As the Klamath Basin’s water crisis continues to fester without a long-term solution, irrigators tend to harken back to the days before the 2001 water shutoff, when irrigation seasons were more or less normal and Basin farming wasn’t punctuated with a question mark.
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — While the Klamath Basin’s snowpack is at 85% of what it would be normally this time of year, there’s already more water stored in the mountains than last year. So why are Basin hydrologists projecting another exceptionally dry summer for Upper Klamath Lake? The answer…
Each calving season, producers strive to increase the survivability and health of the new, young herd members as well as their mothers. This may mean bringing calves into the house to keep them warm, moving expectant mothers to a calving barn, or altering the diet and management of the cow o…
With much of the western United States experiencing drought conditions, cattle farmers and ranchers feel pressure to alter their methods in order to survive. Evaluating different drought management strategies is an important start for good management decisions.
A report released by researchers with Utah State University Extension and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food assess the potential for expanding meat processing capabilities in Utah and examine the potential demand for Utah beef.
LOGAN, Utah — Cache County Council’s decision whether to allow wineries has been delayed once again with growing concerns of cultural shift, but little evidence has been found of negative consequences in other counties.
MT. VERNON, Washington — Genuine Skagit Valley, the certification mark that promotes Skagit Valley agricultural products, is now a federally registered trademark.
A series of bills that would change Montana’s trapping requirements and expand opportunities to kill wolves are making their way through the legislature.
Driving cattle is as much a part of the American West tradition as deep red sunsets and the sounds on the open prairie.
As spring approaches, many horse owners anticipate the arrival of one or more foals. It can be a wonderful time of excitement and learning, but the first year of a horse’s life can be crucial for establishing long-term soundness, especially if foals are born with leg deviations.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the final days of the Trump administration issued a grazing permit to Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment sparked the 2016 armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by right-wing extremists.
HELENA, Montana (AP) — Two northwest Montana lawmakers are considering a number of bills that could moderately or significantly change the way Montana manages wolves.
When Curtis Elke took over as Idaho state conservationist of the Natural Resources Conservation Service more than five years ago, he noticed that there was an unusual level of cooperation between many state and federal agencies in the state. He was excited to expand that even further with hi…
SPOKANE, Wash. — The agriculture industry is asking Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to move migrant farmworkers and food factory workers closer to the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccine because they perform work that cannot be delayed or performed remotely.
Raising sheep is no easy task, but it’s fed 14-year-old Maloi Lannan’s passion for regenerative agriculture. Lannan sold hand-drawn coloring books to buy her herd, which grew to 15 lambs this summer.
The federal Bureau of Land Management has proposed to award grazing privileges to Burns, Oregon, ranchers who lost their permits in 2014 and served prison time for committing arson on public lands.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — Dozens of food boxes were distributed Dec. 11 to Latino and indigenous Latino families in Skagit County as part of a project supporting food access and area farmers.
BOW, Washington — In 2011 Harley and Susan Soltes purchased Bow Hill Blueberries and set out to rejuvenate the 73-year-old farm’s heirloom blueberry crops through organic farming and to make the small farm sustainable again.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington — ‘Tis the season to replace the smell of hand sanitizer with that of a freshly cut tree.
LAKEVIEW, Oregon — Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife District Biologist Jon Muir said even with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s recent decision to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states, he doesn’t expect authority to manage the species will be passed to the…
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have announced plans to cull between 500 and 700 Yellowstone bison from the population, and no longer enroll the animals to a brucellosis quarantine program.
LARAMIE, Wyoming —Sophie, Poppy, Rockie, Bandet and Peebs the sheep are used to visitors coming through the gate with goat cookies and carrots in their hands. But on one particular day it was different — there was a buzz around the barnyard. Even the donkeys and ponies could feel the excitement.
MOUNT VERNON, Washington —The Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) in Mount Vernon will coordinate an 11-county food distribution project throughout the Puget Sound region aimed at supporting farmers, food hubs and increasing access to locally-grown foods.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Three Mid-Columbia farms are among those receiving the biggest fines in the state from the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries for serious violations of agriculture regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.