Newhouse Elected Chairman Of The Western Caucus

Dan Newhouse can add one more title to his resume; Chairman of the Western Caucus. On Thursday, the Caucus Executive Committee voted unanimously to elect Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse as Chairman for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Arizona Republican Paul Gosar, is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 Members of Congress from […]

Free Face Masks Available To Oregon Ag Community

To help the front lines of the Oregon Ag community, the state Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension have announced a partnership to distribute face covers around the state. The KN95 masks are available to farmworkers, ranchers, farmers, fishers, food processors and other farm contractors to protect essential workers. ODA and OSU have […]

USDA: Turkey Preparation Should Start Days Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and the USDA says now is the time to start preparing that big meal. USDA Food safety expert Meredith Carothers says one of the biggest problems she routinely see, deals with defrosting the holiday bird. While a popular technique, she says defrosting the turkey on your counter is […]

Binger Becomes New USMEF Chair

U.S. Meat Export Federation has a new chair. Pat Binger of Wichita, KS started his yearlong term on November 13th at the conclusion of the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference. Binger comes to position with 32 years of experience at Cargill, the last 11 years he led the international business segment for the North America protein […]

USFS Accepting Applications For Wood Innovation, Wood Energy Innovation grants

The U.S. Forest Service is currently accepting funding applications for innovation related programs. The USFS’ Kevin Naranjo says one program has been around for a while, and has become very popular. “Wood innovations grants really opened up in 2015 but that program itself has been around a little longer. It’s designed to be able to […]

FSA Changes Key Definitions Impacting Family Farm Operations

The Farm Service Agency restored the previous definitions of terms like “active personal management, significant contribution, and related phrasing” in a rule regarding farm program subsidy eligibility and payment limitations. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said the change is more of a “correction.” He says, “These revisions mean that members of a family farm operation are […]

While The Northwest Is Dry, Winter Wheat Conditions Look Good Nationally

Drought continues to impact the winter wheat crop here in the Northwest.But for the most part, the crop, nationally looks good.USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Overall, 46% of the winter wheat rated good to excellent,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “That is up a point from last week. 18% very poor to poor that is also […]

Kids Encouraged To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Children are encouraged over the next couple of weeks to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Fee free access to over two thousand National Forest and grassland sites for the remainder of the school year is available for 4th and now 5th graders. Al Remley of the Forest Service said access via the  “Every […]

USDA Continues To Review Hemp Program Comments

The USDA has approved the hemp plans for half of the states in the U.S. and nearly 40 tribes. However, the USDA is also in the process of reviewing public comments for the U.S. domestic hemp production program interim final rule. “We’re interested to hear feedback on topics like disposal under mediation of non-compliant plants, […]