Agriculture

GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
Missteps by agribusiness giants allowed the invasion. Now they’re off the hook for cleanup.
A hops harvest that grows bigger each year
A hops harvest that grows bigger each year
Washington’s Yakima Valley supports many of the craft breweries in the U.S.
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
But in Harney County, Oregon, collaboration around public lands grows.
Dust in the wind
In his new book, The Worst Hard Time, Tim Egan interviews survivors to tell the story of the great American Dust Bowl on the southern Great Plains in the 1930s
A world built on groundwater
In Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains, William Ashworth examines the effects of groundwater dependency in a dry land
Don't top that tree!
The writer figures out why so many people "top" trees instead of pruning them
Finding hope in a new land
Farmworker’s Daughter: Growing Up Mexican in America is the story of Rose Castillo Guilbault’s childhood journey from Mexico’s Sonoran Desert to a new life in California’s Salinas Valley
Hope
After 16 years of living in the shadows in Pasco, Wash., Wendy and Erendira Santana finally win legal residency
Corn ethanol isn't all it's cracked up to be
The writer likes ethanol, but not when it's made with corn
Organics and biofuels bring independence
More Montana farmers are starting to raise oilseed crops and produce their own biofuels to save on energy costs
In the orchards, questions about immigration reform
In Yakima County, Wash., the California-based labor contractor Global Horizons is stirring up controversy among local Latino farmworkers by bringing in hundreds of guest workers from Thailand to pick fruit
Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports to America
John Leland’s book, Aliens in the Backyard, discusses both the dangers and the benefits arising from the vast number of exotic species in North America – including human beings
Our mini-farm is probably someone else’s real thing
The writer lives near Olympia, Washington, on a mini-farm her neighbor probably thinks is the real thing
Idaho gets smart about water
Idaho is weathering the drought by taking a new, scientific approach to managing water use among its farmers
The public pays to keep water in a river
Three important "takings" lawsuits claim farmers should be compensated when water is withheld from irrigators in order to help endangered species during times of drought
Bees don't grow on trees
Honeybees are in trouble, and so are the farmers who depend on them for pollination, especially in California’s almond orchards
California's farmers ditch dirty diesel pumps
California’s two largest utility companies are encouraging farmers to switch from polluting diesel irrigation pumps to electric ones
Failure of leadership, not a lack of water, dooms the Klamath River
Only the federal government can find away to protect both salmon and farmers in the Northwest’s Klamath River watershed
Communities search for a safer way to kill mosquitoes
In Colorado and elsewhere in the West, the fear of West Nile Virus brings the controversy about spraying pesticides to a boil
Biology: The missing science
Studies by Montana’s Andrew Hansen and Colorado’s Rick Knight offer some of the first scientific evidence that preserving ranch lands provides important benefits to surrounding ecosystems
Not just a ranch: Bucks and acres
Carl Palmer hopes to make his Adobe Ranch in California an economic success to prove that open space can be financially as well as environmentally valuable
Who will take over the ranch?
As private lands become the new frontier in the West’s wild real estate frenzy, ranchers are turning to land trusts in places like Gunnison, Colo., to find out how to hold on to their land and keep it open and undeveloped
Ranching's worst enemy? It's not greens
Western ranchers rejoice when a federal court jury finds that the nation’s largest meatpacker, Tyson/IBP, has illegally squeezed $1.28 billion from independent cattle producers
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