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Patagonia gives GOP tax windfall to environmental groups
Patagonia to give $10 million from GOP tax cut windfall to environmental organizations

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Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm
Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm
Knickers the steer is too beefy to become burgers, so he's won a reprieve to live out his days on the farm
Dairy markets stuck in holding pattern
Dairy markets stuck in holding pattern
Class III milk prices in 2018 could end up being the lowest in four years and aren’t expected to break out of the $14 range until the second quarter of next year.
Christmas tree supplies remain tight
Christmas tree supplies remain tight
A continued shortage of Christmas trees grown in the Northwest will likely mean higher prices this season.
Ag employers seek relief from large H-2A wage increases
Ag employers seek relief from large H-2A wage increases
The proposed hourly wages would increase 6.3 percent nationwide and 15-23 percent in three regions of the Mountain West.
Washington judge’s ruling on WOTUS muddies waters
Washington judge’s ruling on WOTUS muddies waters
Western Washington judge reinstates Obama WOTUS rule
Watchdog clears Zinke in Utah monument probe
Zinke faces other investigations, including one centered on a Montana land deal.
Lee Mielke: Cheese prices continue to sputter
Lee Mielke: Cheese prices continue to sputter
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.
US officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels
Romaine harvesting recently began shifting from California’s Central Coast to winter growing areas.
Darigold facility faces environmental lawsuit
Darigold facility faces environmental lawsuit
A Clean Water Act lawsuit has been filed by an environmental group against the Darigold processing facility in Spokane, Wash.
Regulators recommend for California winery to lose licenses
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has recommended for a California winery to lose its licenses to distribute wine or do retail business within the state

Marketplace

Livestock

Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm
Knickers the steer is too beefy to become burgers, so he's won a reprieve to live out his days on the farm
USFS takes comment on Greater Sage Grouse management amendments
The Forest Service hopes the amended plan will be easier to understand and more efficient to carry out than the current version.
Federal report: Climate change imperils some farms, but there’s hope
Montana counties renew push for animal cruelty care bill
Rancher believes in serving nation, agriculture

Dairy

Dairy markets stuck in holding pattern
Class III milk prices in 2018 could end up being the lowest in four years and aren’t expected to break out of the $14 range until the second...
Lee Mielke: Cheese prices continue to sputter
Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.
Darigold facility faces environmental lawsuit
Tight margins slow milk production
Fluid Milk and Cream — Western U.S.

Energy

Washington workers help to restore power after wildfire
Snohomish County PUD crews are committed to be in California for two months.
Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes
Democrats plan to launch their own investigations into Zinke in January, when they take the majority in the House.
Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands

FFA

Horses

Oregon Horse Rescue saves last-chance horses
Nonprofit organization rehouses, rehabilitates horses.
Western hay price report
Oregon prices trended generally steady compared to last week prices.
Western hay price report
BLM Says It Plans To Pull Back On Controversial Plan To Spay Wild Mares In Oregon

Nursery

Christmas tree supplies remain tight
A continued shortage of Christmas trees grown in the Northwest will likely mean higher prices this season.
It may be harder to find the perfect Christmas tree
Prices could be a bit higher than last year’s average retail price of about $75.

Orchards, Nuts & Vines

Oregon seeing red in its dispute with California winery
Both the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and Oregon’s liquor agency have ruled that Copper Cane’s labels have been...
Ag employers seek relief from large H-2A wage increases
The proposed hourly wages would increase 6.3 percent nationwide and 15-23 percent in three regions of the Mountain West.
Regulators recommend for California winery to lose licenses
Fire damages Washington apple packer
California winery to change labels for Oregon brands

Organic

Raising organic beef a challenge
The most difficult part of running a certified organic beef operation is finding fields that can be certified.
Seed cooperative grows in a regional-by-design niche
Snake River Seed Cooperative, now in its fifth year, is adding to its grower base while increasing the number of seed varieties it has available.
Panel: Consider water access, soil health before signing lease

Outdoors

Patagonia gives GOP tax windfall to environmental groups
Patagonia to give $10 million from GOP tax cut windfall to environmental organizations
Report: Climate Change Is Already Bringing Problems To Northwest — And It Will Get Worse
Oregon, Washington and Idaho can expect more extreme weather creating more landslides, flooding, drought and wildfires.
Pacific storm to bring rain, mountain snow to California
Watchdog clears Zinke in Utah monument probe
Light rain falling in N. California could hurt search effort

Research Center

Report: Climate Change Is Already Bringing Problems To Northwest — And It Will Get Worse
Oregon, Washington and Idaho can expect more extreme weather creating more landslides, flooding, drought and wildfires.
Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm
Knickers the steer is too beefy to become burgers, so he's won a reprieve to live out his days on the farm
US officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels
Farm bankruptcies on the rise in Upper Midwest
Montana counties renew push for animal cruelty care bill

Rural Life

Zinke says Northern California fire costs likely in billions
The U.S. government has distributed more than $20 million in assistance for people displaced by the catastrophic wildfire.
Washington workers help to restore power after wildfire
Snohomish County PUD crews are committed to be in California for two months.
Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained
Western Innovator: From one sweet job to another
Light rain falling in N. California could hurt search effort

Timber

Study: NW Forests Will Weather Climate Change Better Than Others In The West
At greatest risk are Pinyon-juniper, oak and ponderosa pine forests across the southern Rocky Mountains and the U.S. Southwest.
Fatal California fires spur search for solutions
The latest California fires have fueled debate over the reasons for the ever-more deadly wildfires.

Water

Washington judge’s ruling on WOTUS muddies waters
Western Washington judge reinstates Obama WOTUS rule
Darigold facility faces environmental lawsuit
A Clean Water Act lawsuit has been filed by an environmental group against the Darigold processing facility in Spokane, Wash.
Washington judge restores Obama WOTUS rule
Potential settlement reached in Oregon farmer’s Clean Water Act lawsuit
Federal report: Climate change imperils some farms, but there’s hope