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Northwest Wheat's 'Low Falling Number' Means Low Prices For Farmers

Northwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2016 8:15 p.m.

Many Washington and Idaho wheat farmers are struggling this year because of a weird crop problem. Researchers at the USDA’s Western Wheat Quality Lab at Washington State University in Pullman are looking into it.

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Owyhee Reservoir Irrigators Finally Get Full Allotment

Capital Press | Oct. 21, 2016 9:17 a.m.

A full water allotment for the fist time in four years has made a huge difference for farmers in Oregon and Idaho who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir to irrigate their crops.

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Salmon, Steelhead Fishing Closes Early On Columbia River

East Oregonian | Oct. 21, 2016 6:54 a.m.

Recreational fishing for salmon and steelhead will close early on the Columbia River, beginning Saturday.

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Oregon Has Collected More Than $40 Million In Marijuana Taxes

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 12:14 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The sale of recreational marijuana continues to be brisk in Oregon. The state Department of Revenue says it collected just over $40 million in taxes on legal pot through the end of September. The money will be distributed to schools, law enforcement and drug treatment programs.

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Klamath Irrigators Should Not Have Gotten $32M From Federal Agency: Report

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 13, 2016 4:42 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The critical audit comes after two whistleblowers accused the Bureau of Reclamation and a local water authority of misusing public funds.     

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Wine Grape Harvest Underway In The Umpqua Valley

The Roseburg News Review | Oct. 9, 2016 11:50 a.m. | Roseburg, Oregon

Harvest is underway for wine grape growers in the Umpqua Valley, many of whom have been picking their grapes earlier than usual.

Agriculture | Environment

Public Lands Damaged By Grazing Aren't Getting The Restoration They Need, Report Finds

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 6, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Federal land managers have made little progress in recovering damaged rangelands across the West and in clearing the many backlogged acres that have never been studied for ecological health.

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How Lakes Can Work Like Batteries That Charge The Electricity Grid

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 5, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

A project in Oregon’s Klamath County is aiming to complement renewable energy development in the Northwest by creating a giant water battery.

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Warm Pacific Ocean 'Blob' Facilitated Vast Toxic Algae Bloom

AP | Sept. 30, 2016 8:12 a.m.

A new study finds that unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures helped cause a massive bloom of toxic algae last year that closed lucrative fisheries from California to British Columbia and disrupted marine life from seabirds to sea lions.

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Young Oregon Farmers Face Barriers To Starting Farm Businesses

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 1:21 p.m.

A new report shows that it’s increasingly difficult for young people to get into farming in Oregon.