Washington Ag Businesses Fined For Violations

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined nearly two dozen agricultural businesses for safety and health violations this year. L&I has conducted 384 Ag workplace safety and health inspections this year. Of those 130 violations of various concerns were reported, including noncompliance when it comes to recent COVID-19 rules. Inspections are still […]

American Trust in Farmers Remains Strong

According to a new American Farm Bureau poll, a majority of adults in the U.S. view farmers’ sustainability practices positively, and an overwhelming majority of them trust farmers. The poll found that 58% of the respondents are positive about the sustainability practices of America’s farmers, and that agreement comes from a majority of adults across […]

Sharp: Delisting Of Wolf Great News For Oregon Cattle Producers

In late October, the Interior Department announced plans to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List, and turn management over to the states and tribal government. Tom Sharp President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s association attended last month’s announcement, and said this is good news for local producers for a variety of reasons. He […]

Grassley Concerned Biden Administration May Resurrect WOTUS

The Biden camp is starting to formulate its environmental plan, including moves to combat global warming and most likely to reverse changes made by the Trump Administration. In their 300-page “Climate 21 Project” blueprint, former Obama officials propose dozens of greenhouse gas-reducing ideas, including a USDA CCC “carbon bank” to pay farmers and foresters to […]

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Still On

In a year with so much uncertainty and so many cancelations, anything that looks like normal is celebrated. Frank Muir CEO and President of the Idaho Potato Commission said as of right now, the college football bowl season is still coming to the Gem State. “We were pleased to hear that the Famous Idaho Potato […]

Joint Effort Between USDA/WSDA Helped Locate Asian Giant Hornets

A collaborative effort between the USDA and the Washington state Department of Agriculture lead to the recent breakthrough regarding the threat of Asian Giant Hornets, also known as the Murder Hornets, in the northwest corner of the state. Anne LeBrun of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said they were more than happy to […]

Fudge Won’t Pursue House Ag Chair; Would Accept Ag Secretary Position

Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge endorsed Georgia Democrat David Scott’s bid to chair the House Agriculture Committee, shooting down speculation that she wanted that position. However, Cleveland.com said she would be honored to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture in Joe Biden’s administration. Fudge frequently appears on a list of potential ag secretaries along with prospects […]

National FFA President Excited About Year Ahead

Doster Harper, an agriscience and environmental systems major at the University of Georgia, was elected National FFA President during last month’s virtual convention. Each year, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Even though it was all on-line, Harper says the 2020 convention was still very engaging. “It was […]