Oregon Farm Bureau Files Formal Petition To OSHA

On Monday, the Oregon Farm Bureau filed a formal petition to Oregon-OSHA on behalf of farm housing providers. The petition said the Ag industry seeks common-sense solutions to farm labor housing protections during COVID-19. Samantha Bayer, OFB Policy Counsel, said this is not the first time the farming community tried to work with the state […]

COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

According to a new American Farm Bureau Federation poll, a majority of farmers and farm workers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health. The results found more than half of respondents say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. The survey of rural adults and farmers […]

WSU Webinar Series Focused On Soil Health Continues

Washington State University’s Farmers Network continues its soil-themed webinar series this month. Soil Health Outreach Coordinator Carol McFarland says registration is now open for classes running January 11th to the 14th. “Last month we focused on soil fertility and how to most effectively manage soil fertility to optimize your efforts within the cropping system. This […]

New COVID Regulations In China Has Slowed Meat Imports

Increased coronavirus testing of imported meat and poultry is having a big impact on product bound for China. Since summer 2020, following outbreaks at wholesale food markets, China has been swab testing imported meat, often focusing on packaging. At first the tests only occurred at the ports, and on a sample basis. But as the […]

ODA Looking To Fill Two Vacant State Board of Ag Positions

Earlier this week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced it is looking to fill two producer positions on the state board of Agriculture. Both positions are partial terms. One runs through the end of October 2022, while the other runs through mid-September 2023. Applicants must be actively engaged in the production of agricultural commodities. Applications […]

Stabenow Expected to Lead Senate Ag Committee

With Democrats winning the two Georgia runoff Senate elections this week and a 50-50 majority expected in the chamber, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow is poised to be the next Senate Agriculture Committee Chair. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, will preside over the Senate, giving Democrats the slim majority. With full control by Democrats in Washington, D.C., farmers […]

Final Rule On Employment Programs For Those Using SNAP Benefits Released

The USDA is out with its final rule on employment and training programs for SNAP recipients. The USDA’s Brandon Lipps said the changes are aimed at working with states to enhance support services for beneficiaries, returning to the workforce. He noted when the rule was first proposed in March, employment and training efforts would have […]

World Food Price Index Marks Seventh Month of Increases

The monthly World Food Price Index increased in December for the seventh consecutive month. Recorded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the index averaged 107.5 points in December 2020, up 2.3 points from November. Except for sugar, all sub-indices registered modest gains in December, with the sub-index of vegetable oil rising […]

CHS Reports $69.7 Million in First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Net Income

CHS, the nation’s leading agribusiness cooperative, Thursday reported net income of $69.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 that ended November 30. This compares to net income of $177.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020. The first quarter of fiscal year 2021 reflect revenues of $8.7 billion compared to […]