Hemp/CBD Connex Event Gets Underway Wednesday in Portland

The future of the hemp and CBD industry will take center stage at the Portland Expo Center Wednesday and Thursday, during the Connex event.  The two day event will focus on the evolution of the hemp market, talk about what resources and sale opportunities exist for growers and what’s being done to promote hemp across […]

Prime Act Benefits Rural Urban Washington Alike, Ericksen Says

Cattlemen across Washington have expressed frustration regarding challenges when it comes to selling custom slaughter, wrap, and package products across the state as well as across state lines   In response state Senator Doug Ericksen has introduced the Prime Act.  The legislation would direct the Washington state Department of Agriculture to inspect and certify slaughter […]

Rosa: Skipwith A Good Fit For Farmers, Ranchers

By a 52-39 vote in December, the Senate confirmed Aurelia Skipwith as the new Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Oregon Cattlemen’s Association executive Director Jerome Rosa said Skipwith has many ties to the farming community and understands the issues and challenges ranchers face.   “We feel that this was a really good […]

AFBF Trade Deal With India Will Be Challenging

The American Farm Bureau Federation says a U.S. trade deal with India will be much harder to win than the just-signed Phase One deal with China.  AFB’s Dave Salmonsen said India is not China, and decades of American efforts have failed to break India’s trade barriers.   “India is not the same place as China, […]

Oil Prices Rebound Slightly After Coronavirus Concerns

Oil prices traded higher Tuesday, with West Texas Crude trading around $53 per barrel.  That upward movement came just a day after concerns over the coronavirus sent panic through the oil market, and most investment markets thanks to slowdowns, business cancellations, and travel restrictions across China.   At this point the Coronavirus has not impacted […]

Idaho Estimated Wolf Population At 1,000

The director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says there are an estimated 1,000 wolves in the Gem State.  Ed Schriever told the House Resources and Conservation Committee last week that the estimate is the first wolf population estimate in Idaho since 2015.  Schriever said the wolf population peaked early in the summer […]

Man Charged With Driving Over Teen On Yakima Reservation

A man who authorities say drove his car over a teenage girl on the Yakama Reservation has been charged with federal involuntary manslaughter.  Joshua Cole Sampson, 34, was has been charged with the June 1st death of 17-year-old Petrona Mendez Ruiz.  Investigators say Sampson’s SUV left the roadway and ran over Ruiz while she was […]

Glover Named PLC Executive Director

The Public Lands Council announced Monday Kaitlynn Glover as the organization’s new Executive Director.  Glover will serve as the chief lobbyist for the organization, representing cattle and sheep producers in western states on resource issues affecting their operations. Glover will also lead the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s natural resources policy portfolio in the organization’s Washington, […]

New WOTUS Rule Appears Headed to the Courts

Environmental groups and Democratic states are already promising to sue over the new Waters of the U.S. Rule, which the Trump administration calls the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule.” The conservative-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation made a similar promise, calling the new rule not narrow enough. If the challenges happen to make it to the Supreme Court, […]