ODFW Reports First Wolf Kill Of 2021

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said a wolf killed a three-year old cow in the Foster Gulch area of Baker County last weekend. A ranch manger told ODFW the 1,100 pound cow was found injured on the morning of Saturday January 16th, on public land adjacent to a large private rangeland pasture. Since […]

Fire Damages Washington Potato Building Near Warden, WA

Crews in central Washington were called to structure fire at the Washington Potato building in the small down of Warden Thursday night. “The fire started around 5:30 p.m. at Washington Potato, it started in the dehydrator and then extended to the structure, said Kyle Foreman is with the Grant County Sheriffs office.  “There are agencies […]

Former Agriculture Secretary Perdue Privileged to Serve Farmers

In modern societal norms, perhaps leaving your employer is not official until announced on social media. Former Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue did so this week via Twitter. Perdue stated, “It has been a privilege to serve America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers the past four years.” Perdue highlighted his visits to farms in all 50 states, […]

Milk Production Expected To Increase In Coming Year

What can the dairy industry expect in the year ahead? “We increased our milk production forecast for 2020 and also for 2021 and in both cases that reflects both higher milk per cow and higher cow numbers,” said World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. He added this comes in spite of higher feed costs, adding […]

USDA Announces Three Deputy Undersecretaries

On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture announced three senior appointments. USDA named nutrition policy expert Stacy Dean as deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services. Before joining USDA, Dean served as vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. USDA also announced Justin Maxson, CEO […]

China Hopeful for Better U.S. Relations with Biden Administration

Now that Joe Biden is President, China is hopeful relations with the U.S. can improve. A Chinese government official stated Wednesday, “We are committed to developing a relationship with the United States.” A relationship that would include trade relations following the trade war during the Trump Administration. Last week, The U.S. China Business Council called […]

Republican Senators Criticize Biden Action on Keystone XL Pipeline

Following the executive orders signed by President Joe Biden, a group of Republican Senators announced opposition to the halting of construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The effort was led by Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Republicans from Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Several other western senators are expected to sign on […]

Tyson Agrees to Price-Fixing Settlement

Tyson Foods this week agreed to $221.5 million to settle claims related to price-fixing lawsuits. The settlements are with three consumer and commercial purchasing groups who bought chickens directly from Tyson and require a federal judge’s approval. Tyson did not admit liability in agreeing to settle and said the payments will be reflected in its […]

Biden Names Acting Federal Agency Leaders

President Joe Biden designated acting leaders to federal agencies to oversee the government until his political appointments are confirmed upon taking office. Biden assigned Kevin Shea as the acting Agriculture Secretary. Shea will assume the duties until the Senate confirms Biden’s pick, Tom Vilsack, for the top post at USDA. Shea has been the the […]