OFB Asking Farmers To Voice Support For House Bill 2334

The Oregon Farm Bureau is asking the Ag community to vocalize their support of House Bill 2334, which is scheduled to have a hearing Thursday. Samantha Bayer, Policy Council with the Oregon Farm Bureau, said HB 2334 focuses on reinforcing the original goal of the Small Business Impacts and Analysis, originally passed in 2005. That […]

Idaho Looks To Expand Precision Ag Education Efforts Thanks to CHS Foundation Gift

Thanks to a recent gift from the CHS Foundation, the University of Idaho plants to promoted precision agriculture to the next generation of farmers. Nanci Lilja, President of the CHS Foundation says precision ag is going to be more important in tt he future as the farm sector focuses more and more on sustainability. “I […]

Washington, B.C. To Fight Asian Giant

British Columbia and U.S. federal and state agencies will work together to track, trap and eradicate Asian giant hornets in the Pacific Northwest. The Asian giant hornet species was first spotted in Northwest Washington in 2019 and agencies have since been on the hunt for the invasive hornets. The hornets, known by many as Murder […]

Lohmann: La Niña Did Not Have The Impact We Had Expected

While the Northwest has seen a few windy days, it’s been fairly calm and quiet across the reigon as we enjoy the final days of winter. Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service meteorologist said as she looks back on the winter of 2020-21, it turned out to be a dud. She noted so many were expecting […]

Spokane Area Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Grass Seeds

A former manager of a Washington-based company that produced and sold grass seed and turfgrass to independent Oregon growers has admitted to deceiving growers statewide for more than $12 million. Christopher Claypool of Spokane pleaded guilty to charges in Federal Court of conspiring to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Investigators say he mislabeled bags […]

Hop Stocks Up 3% Year Over Year

According to NASS, the inventory of hops held by growers, dealers, and brewers on March 1st, 2021 totaled 185 million pounds, up 3% from March 1st of last year. Stocks held at dealer and grower locations on March 1, 2021 totaled 150 million pounds. Stocks held by brewers totaled 35 million pounds. March Hop Stocks […]

Deere Touts Updates To 8 Series

John Deere has release model year 2022 updates for 8 Series Tractors. One major update for the 8R Tractors is a New Central Tire Inflation System. John Deere’s Ryan Jardon said this innovate update allows farmers to adjust tire pressure on the go. “Customer can adjust their tire pressure almost regardless of what task it […]

Weaker U.S. Dollar A Benefit To Some Commodities

Over the past year, the value of the U.S. dollar has weakened substantially, which according to CoBank has made several American Ag products more competitive globally. Tanner Ehmke manager of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division pointed out, not all commodities are affected equally. For example while prices have increased as of recent, the wheat sector has […]

R-Calf Wants USA Label Only For Cows Born Raised Slaughtered in U.S.

R-Calf USA recently penned a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns over proposed changes to federal procurement regulations for beef. CEO, Bill Bullard, said the group told the President he could strengthen the domestic cattle supply chain by changing the current standard to requiring that only animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States be eligible […]