Agriculture

Reward For Grizzly Killer
4:40 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Killer Of Grizzly Mother And Cub Sought

A female grizzly bear & family rambles through Yellowstone National Park.
Photo credit: Kim Keating U.S. Geological Survey

Idaho state and federal officials are searching for whoever killed a female Grizzly bear and her cub. Grizzly bears are a federally protected Endangered Species.

The incident occurred north of the town of Bonners Ferry on Hall Mountain. The animals were discovered on Friday by a hiker.

Idaho Fish and Game Spokesman Phil Cooper says it’s not known if a hunter mistook the Griz for a black bear, shot it, and then noticed the cub, “and then approached the animal , saw it had a cub with it and panicked, or whether it went through their mind that this animal is going to starve, I’m going to shoot rather than let it starve, who knows”.

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Cougar Shot By Boise PD
4:45 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Boise Police Kill Cougar On Boise State Campus

A cougar was shot and killed by Boise Police on the BSU campus.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Mike Searson Wikimedia Commons

Early Tuesday morning a Boise police officer shot and killed a mountain lion on the Boise State University campus.

Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Matt O’Connell says it’s likely the same cat that was first spotted in an east Boise foothills neighborhood Friday and seen several times Monday morning near downtown. O’Connell says police responded to calls from Boise State staffers who saw the lion eating from a dumpster near the student union building.

He says that’s unusual behavior for this species.

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Cause Of Orca Death Unknown
5:21 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Report Inconclusive On What Killed Orca L112

Orca L112 was necropsied near Long Beach, Washington.
Cascadia Research

Scientists are still trying to pinpoint the cause of death for a young female orca that washed up near Long Beach, Washington in February.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report today with details from the whale’s necropsy.

Right now scientists still aren’t sure what caused the death of orca L112, also known as “Victoria”.

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Apple Harvest
6:04 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Northwest Apple Crop Looks Good So Far, If Farmers Can Get It Picked

Northwest apple growers expect a bumper crop this year in combination with higher prices. But as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers are worried they won’t have enough workers to pick the apples at peak ripeness.

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Oregon Wine Plates
5:16 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Oregon Is First In Nation To Offer Specialty Wine Country License Plate

Oregon drivers can now purchase wine country license plates that benefit tourism marketing.
ODOT

Beginning Monday Oregon drivers can purchase a wine country license plate. The additional cost will benefit tourism marketing.

There are specialty license plates for salmon, Crater Lake, culture and other causes. Now Oregon is the first in the nation to offer one touting the state's wine industry.

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Northwest Hay At Premium
4:32 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Hay Farmers Looking To Bale Some Profits This Season

Drex Gaunt is an alfalfa grower near Burbank, Washington, and board member of the Washington Hay Growers Association. This year, demand for Northwest hay should be high because of decreased holdovers from last year.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Hay farmers in Eastern Washington are beginning to cut their fields. It’s the first harvest of the Northwest hay season. New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show there’s less hay left over from last year. As Anna King reports, that’s good news for alfalfa and timothy growers.

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Northwest Beekeeping
6:40 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Care To Borrow A Bee?

From her individual cage the queen bee emits pheromones to convert worker bees into her loyal subjects so they don't kill her when she's released into the hive.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

Honeybees have run into some trouble. Diseases, funguses and pesticides are just some of the factors scientists believe may be contributing to the decline of these insects nation-wide. But honeybees play a critical role in pollinating everything from the Washington apple crop to the flowers in your back yard. Ashley Ahearn reports on one booming business that’s bringing bees back to the urban environment. Care to borrow a bee?

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Worker Shortage
3:46 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Washington’s Asparagus Farmers Face Labor Shortage

Jim Middleton is a asparagus farmer north of Pasco. He’s had to disk under 15 acres of asparagus in the hopes he can get someone to help harvest next week.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington asparagus farmers are plowing out giant fields during what should be the prime of their harvest season. That’s because there is a shortage of migrant farmworkers this year.

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Rock Doc
6:46 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Rock Doc: Our Daily Bread In 2050

One of my habits in recent years has been studying climate history in my free time. What can I say; it keeps me out of bars.

Recently, I was startled to learn that the temperatures experienced by American wheat farms back in the 1830s were almost 7 degrees warmer than they now are.

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NW Farmers Bullish
4:23 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

NW Farm Economy Described As Mostly Bullish Entering Spring

Whitman County, WA farm
Photo Credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A new market survey finds many of the region's farmers in an optimistic mood because demand is strong and commodity prices are high. Exceptions to the overall trend include dairy and onion farmers.

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