Agriculture

Crime-fighting squirrels; an undead columnist; voracious jackrabbits
Crime-fighting squirrels; an undead columnist; voracious jackrabbits
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Welcome to the irrigator’s club
Welcome to the irrigator’s club
An encounter with the wild during the hours of a thankless job.
The women confronting California’s farm conditions
The women confronting California’s farm conditions
Female farmworkers face sexual assault, pesticide exposure and low wages.
Latest: Delta tunnels plan challenged in court
Latest: Delta tunnels plan challenged in court
Agencies weigh in on threatened fish — and get smacked with their first lawsuit.
Bundy Ranch ‘gunmen’ face retrial in Las Vegas
Bundy Ranch ‘gunmen’ face retrial in Las Vegas
New evidence links defendants to other anti-government gatherings in the West.
Why 1 million Californians lack safe drinking water
Why 1 million Californians lack safe drinking water
Rural, cash-strapped communities don’t have the means to treat contaminated water.
The California drought isn’t over, it just went underground
The California drought isn’t over, it just went underground
The race to dig deeper wells is a losing game for small rural communities.
As the Great Plains disappear, a path to better farming
As the Great Plains disappear, a path to better farming
Since 2009, an area the size of Kansas has been converted to crops.
Clean water repeal moves forward
Clean water repeal moves forward
The public can now weigh in on the Trump administration’s regulatory rollback.
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
Different interests must align for a successful restoration.
New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers
New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers
Republicans unveil Senate version of health care bill.
Neighbors clash over a Colorado chicken farm
Neighbors clash over a Colorado chicken farm
A local court decision lands on the side of a 15,000-hen operation.
West Obsessed: Crimes against non-humanity
West Obsessed: Crimes against non-humanity
High Country News staffers discuss human-wildlife killings and conflicts.
USDA plans to axe the position dedicated to rural economies
USDA plans to axe the position dedicated to rural economies
Critics say the move will eliminate leadership rural communities rely on.
Meet Nevada’s cow cops
Meet Nevada’s cow cops
Where crime scene investigators ride the range.
How low-wage immigrant workers are reviving unions
How low-wage immigrant workers are reviving unions
In Los Angeles, a steady movement takes hold under the Trump administration.
In elk poaching case, a glimpse of a simmering land conflict
In elk poaching case, a glimpse of a simmering land conflict
An Oregon rancher is charged for an elk slaughter.
‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
The making of a California prison town.
#LiveAndLetTutu; a sodden Oregon; mastodon for dinner
#LiveAndLetTutu; a sodden Oregon; mastodon for dinner
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A farm town weighs protections for immigrants
A farm town weighs protections for immigrants
In Yakima, Washington, anxious migrant farmers worry about deportation.
The wine industry’s battle with climate change
The wine industry’s battle with climate change
Vineyards deal with drought, temperature swings and fruit that ripens too early.
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
The American Prairie Reserve offers a controversial vision for an intact prairie ecosystem.
Public banking goes to pot
Public banking goes to pot
California activists turn to the cannabis industry to help launch the nation’s first public bank in nearly a century.