The dean of Washington State University's agricultural college will take on a new role at the school for the coming year.
Beginning June 1, Dan Bernardo, vice president of agriculture and extension at WSU and dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, will serve for ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:52 PM
ORLAND, Calif. -- For Shannon Douglass, the buzz word is "opportunity."
The 29-year-old cattle and row crop producer is eager to share with other young people the opportunities that agriculture has to offer.
A California State University-Chico instructor, she encourages would-be livestock produc ...
Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 AM
MOSCOW, Idaho -- A group of University of Idaho students got a lesson in old-school mechanics this year.
The UI College of Agricultural and Life Science recently unveiled its restored John Deere Model AW tractor, as part of a celebration of the history of agriculture.
Jim Connors, head of UI's A ...
Friday, May 10, 2013 8:28 AM
The Northeast Washington Haygrowers Association meets at 8:15 a.m. May 11 on Dairy Lane Farms at 42505 N. Dunn Road in Elk, Wash.
Washington State University Extension educator Tom Platt said the field day will focus on producing dairy quality forage; the state's special regulations for phenoxy he ...
Friday, May 10, 2013 8:28 AM
DAVIS, Calif. -- Honey bee expert Eric Mussen, an extension apiculturist and university faculty member here since 1976, has received an award from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.
Mussen was named the recipient of the 2013 Alexander Hodson Graduate Alumni Award and will be honored in a ...
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 4:36 PM
We didn't get much of a chance at spring this year on the northern plains, which is too bad because spring is probably my favorite season. I may be speaking too soon, but it looks like we'll basically go from winter right into summer.
When remnants of the December snowbanks are still hanging on i ...
Friday, May 03, 2013 10:53 AM
The new CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers considers wheat to be the top commodity -- so much so that he told a little joke during his interview for the job.
"It's much more important than corn and soybeans -- it's God's chosen commodity," said Jim Palmer, who joins NAWG as CEO on J ...
Thursday, May 02, 2013 12:01 PM
Steve Petrie, director of Oregon State University's Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center for 12 years, is going to work for Yara US, one of the largest fertilizer companies in the world.
As manager of Yara's Agronomic Services unit, Petrie will be responsible for all agronomic activities in ...
Thursday, May 02, 2013 10:51 AM
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Thursday, May 02, 2013 12:00 PM
Longtime soybean industry executive Jim Palmer is the new CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
Palmer begins work June 1. He will meet with NAWG grower-leaders and staff during May.
"Our farmer-leaders were very impressed with Jim's experience and vision for the wheat industry and we ...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:48 AM
RITZVILLE, Wash. -- Lind-Ritzville FFA students were hard at work earlier this week, preparing for the organization's state convention.
In one room, juniors Dylan Hartz and Tyler Frederick studied pictures of cuts of meat for the meats competition.
In another, juniors Bridger Smith and Connor O' ...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:27 AM
SALEM -- Warm, sunny weather brought huge crowds to the 25th annual Ag Fest, held April 27-28 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.
Oregon Ag Fest board member Craig Anderson said although a final tally was yet to be made, "1,300 more people showed up on April 27 than were counted on the first Saturda ...
Monday, April 29, 2013 9:35 AM
Jessica Brawley was crowned the 2013 Marion County Dairy Princess/Ambassador on April 23 in Salem.
She was crowned by her sister, Kaitie, who is the current Oregon Dairy Princess/Ambassador and held the county title before that.
Jessica has worked at her grandparents' farm, DeJager Dairy, in Jeffe ...
Monday, April 29, 2013 1:25 PM
I've been across the marathon finish line three times. In three cities -- Chicago, New York and Fargo -- I ran 26.2 miles as fast as my training allowed and as swiftly as my legs, heart and mind would carry me.
I remember each finish and the time it took me to get there. They are indelible memori ...
Friday, April 26, 2013 12:00 AM
ORLAND, Calif. -- Rancher Shannon Douglass has been chosen as one of 10 farmers and ranchers from across the country to take part in a national leadership class.
She is participating in the American Farm Bureau Federation's Partners in Agricultural Leadership program, which aims to help young grow ...
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:20 PM
Skyridge Farms of Sunnyside, Wash., and Ballard Family Dairy and Cheese of Gooding, Idaho, were honored Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with a U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award from The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
The program annually recognizes dairy farms and businesses of all sizes for practi ...
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:41 PM
Syngenta AG will accept applications through June 14 for $1,500 college scholarships intended to aid the next generation of agricultural leaders, with an emphasis on the sugar beet industry.
Applicants for the Syngenta Sugar Beet Scholarship program must be involved in 4-H, FFA or the sugar bee ...
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:09 AM
CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- Jack Joyce has often been recognized and honored for the multiple-use philosophy he has used in managing his cattle ranch near this small southern Douglas County town.
He not only runs a mother cow and hay operation, but has also partnered with the Oregon Hunters Association ...
Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:00 AM
ST. PAUL, Ore. -- Student artists from the fourth grade through college are invited to display their Western-inspired artwork at the St. Paul Rodeo Wild West Art Show, which is held in conjunction with the St. Paul Rodeo during Fourth of July week.
This is a juried show and the artwork can be crea ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:56 PM
TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Of more than 4,000 members, Idaho FFA honored three as FFA Star award winners during the 2013 FFA State Leadership Conference at the College of Southern Idaho.
Joe Mills of Weiser was named Star Farmer, Megan Jarvis of Buhl was named Star in Agricultural Placement and Preston ...
Monday, April 15, 2013 1:57 PM
SOMONA COUNTY, Calif. -- Katie Madigan hadn't planned to go into winemaking, she just "caught the bug."
"Chemistry was my major at the University of California-Santa Barbara when I moved to Sonoma County," she said. "Harvest was and is a big deal here and I thought working the harvest would be so ...
Friday, April 12, 2013 12:00 AM
The Heidrick Ag History Center will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibition, "Tomatoes, The California Story," at 6 p.m. June 11 with a member-only reception.
The museum is also unveiling two of the earliest mechanical tomato harvesters and a turn-of-the-century tomato transplanter. In add ...
Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:44 PM
GRACE, Idaho -- Through the years, southeast Idaho farmer and rancher Kent Clegg has come up with resolutions to some of the more complex challenges facing state and federal wildlife agencies.
Clegg helped pioneer the method that's still used for re-establishing historic migration routes of endan ...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 1:00 AM
GUINDA, Calif. -- Trini Campbell didn't come from an agricultural background, but a concern for the environment led her to take up the profession.
She and her husband, Tim Mueller, were going to a small college in Iowa when they studied how fertilizers from some large-scale farms were leaching ...
Monday, March 25, 2013 10:01 AM
CONNELL, Wash. -- The U.S. Potato Board's new leader says his top priorities are finding a new CEO for the organization and spreading the word about the nutritional value of potatoes.
Rob Davis, president of RHD Inc., in Connell, Wash., was elected as the Potato Board's chairman earlier this mont ...
Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:39 AM
CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (AP) -- It has been years since Chuck Zumbrun, who farms 1,200 acres near Churubusco, got the odd piece of advice from a one of his father's friends, a man he described as an old hillbilly farmer.
Plant your beans, corn and squash together, like the Indians alway ...
Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:27 AM