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UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Ranchers wrangle a living history out of Eastern Washington scablands

Tucked within miles of barbed-wire fences and basalt columns southwest of Spokane reside what’s left of the American West: Ranchers who scratch out a living from hard work and prairie …


UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Trump’s threats on trade unsettle farming, ranching backers

Montana rancher Fred Wacker had thousands of head of cattle fattening up along the Yellowstone River for export to China when President Donald Trump picked a trade fight with the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Beef’s beef with USDA over imports

American producers have filed a lawsuit to support free trade and protect consumers of their product.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

Othello rancher leaves millions to benefit Eastern Washington causes, including health care, wildlife

During the past four decades, on the outskirts of Othello, a quiet bachelor built a small fortune raising cattle. Today the millions of dollars William Crosetto earned from ranching and …


‘I just want out’: Large carnivore conservation lab director opens up about relationship with WSU

Robert Wielgus has been at the center of a whirlwind of conflict with his employer, Washington State University.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Judge rules to dismiss standoff case against rancher Bundy

A judge in Las Vegas has decided to dismiss criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

Mistrial in Nevada standoff is latest defeat for prosecutors

A U.S. judge in Nevada declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case against a states’ rights figure, his two sons and another man accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff …


Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing in meat that costs $18,000 a pound?

The world loves meat. So much so that demand for meat products is projected to grow by nearly 70 percent by 2050. But meat production places a significant strain on …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

‘Cowgirl Camp’ to emphasize role of women in agriculture

Beth Robinette walked in among her cattle, leaned forward and mooed. A low, guttural “How are you all doing this morning?” kind of moo. All around her, black cows lifted …


Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …


UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Oregon rancher asks state to kill wolves that attacked calf

A rancher in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa County has asked state officials to kill wolves from the Harl Butte pack after an investigator confirmed wolves killed a calf.


Two grizzlies euthanized after livestock attack

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized two grizzly bears for preying on livestock in Montana.


Rancher gives $5K reward for help finding cattle killers

An Oregon rancher has given a man a $5,000 reward for helping find and convict the two men who slaughtered his cattle.


1st prison sentence given in Bundy armed standoff in Nevada

A judge called a New Hampshire man a “bully vigilante” and sentenced him Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for his role organizing armed backers of Nevada rancher …


Oregon livestock company wins trade secrets dispute

An Oregon livestock nutrition company has won its lawsuit against a former employee it accused of stealing trade secrets.


Trial date delayed for Bundy and sons in Nevada standoff case

A federal judge in Las Vegas is pushing back the trial date for Nevada rancher and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy, four of his sons and six other defendants until …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 9:22 p.m.

‘Weak calf syndrome’ gets blame for recent deaths

Washington State University researchers are trying to discover the reason behind mysterious calf deaths related to what is commonly known as “weak calf syndrome.”


Living with predators – adaptation

“Grizzlies won’t be a problem for livestock, they’ll prey on hikers.” So said the wildlife conflict specialist from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 7:46 a.m.

2,000 sheep block highway near Boise

A major Idaho highway was blocked Tuesday as 2,000 sheep headed to their summer home. KTVB in Boise reported that Highway 55 near Eagle, Idaho was blocked by police so …


Officials remove cattle carcasses from Oregon reservoir

Officials have removed a number of cattle carcasses from a popular reservoir just west of the Oregon-Idaho border.


Dead cattle in eastern Oregon reservoir disturb tourists

Dead cattle floating in a reservoir just west of the Oregon-Idaho border are causing trouble for tourists.


Idaho man pleads guilty in theft of California man’s cattle

A southern Idaho man has pleaded guilty to stealing cattle after branding as his own and selling about 100 animals belonging to a California man.


Ammon Bundy testifies in second Oregon standoff trial

Ammon Bundy, who was recently acquitted in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, testified Tuesday that he felt “driven” to protest federal control of Western lands …


Bull that led police chase after slaughterhouse escape dies

A plucky bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and led police on a wild chase through the streets on Tuesday only to die on its way to a shelter.


Judge halts grazing in Oregon forest to protect spotted frog

A federal judge has halted cattle grazing in an Oregon national forest until officials can review its impact on Oregon spotted frogs.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Ammon Bundy expected to testify at next Ore. standoff trial

A judge will let Ammon Bundy testify in the upcoming trial of seven defendants charged in the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Widow of Oregon refuge occupier to hold meeting

Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public meeting a year ago when police shot and killed one of them …


Environmental groups concerned about Oregon mega-dairy

A coalition of health and environmental groups is asking Oregon officials to investigate construction of a mega-dairy in Morrow County.


Bundy friends, family protest federal monument decision

Supporters of cattleman and anti-federal government figure Cliven Bundy are protesting a presidential decision to give national monument protection to public land where Bundy grazes cows near his southern Nevada …


WSU to host dairy manure management workshop

Washington State University will host a free educational workshop for dairy farmers, consultants and others dealing with managing dairy manure.