Miller: Ag Overtime Would Make Farming In Oregon Challenging

House Bill 2358, legislation mandating agricultural employers in Oregon pay overtime wages, once workers pass 40 hours a week, is scheduled to get another public hear Monday afternoon in the House Committee on Business and Labor. Elin Miller Co-chair of the Oregon Wine Council says the proposal would put a huge financial burden on growers […]

RHD Discovered Across the Northwest

The Oregon and Idaho Departments of Agriculture are warning owners to be on the lookout for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease. The Virus causes sudden death in rabbits and is highly contagious among rabbit populations and spreads very questions. Earlier this month, ODA received a report of a eight rabbits found dead in the Portland suburb of […]

Bohle: Call On Lawmakers To Fund OSU Extension

Oregon State University’s Extension is asking for your help to ensure the program receives the needed funding to continue providing services statewide. OSU Extension Agronomist, Mylen Bohle, said currently there are far too many, county ag agent and specialty positions vacant over the past year. “It’s really going to depend on what the legislative does for a budget […]

Schoesler: Farmers Need To Be Skeptical Of Capital Gains Tax

Despite being rejected by voters multiple times, lawmakers in Olympia are looking at putting a capital gains tax on the books in Washington. What impact would such as tax have on the farming community across the Evergreen State? State Senator Mark Schoesler, a wheat farmer from the Ritzville are, called the capital gains idea a […]

Rippey Looks At Current Pasture, Winter Wheat Conditions

How does the national winter wheat crop look? “We see some of the lowest rated wheat across the central and southern plains in Colorado and Texas,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Both at 29% very poor to poor. Meanwhile we have somewhat better conditions as you move in to Kansas and Oklahoma.” Meanwhile, when looking […]

John Deere Out with New Lineup Of Hagie Sprayers

John Deere is offering an all-new lineup of Hagie Self-Propelled Sprayers for model year 2022. Available for ordering in June, the new lineup features integrated technology, a new tank size and new comfort features in the cab. Joel Basinger of John Deere said the new lineup is a redesign from the ground up. “We’ve got […]

Business and Ag Groups Urge Rollback of Section 232, 301 Tariffs

The National Foreign Trade Council last week re-launched the Tariff Reform Coalition. The coalition is a broad alliance of business and agriculture groups substantially harmed by the import tariffs imposed by the previous Administration. The group urges the rollback of Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs, saying the tariffs “are causing serious damage to those […]

Vilsack Explains Purpose Behind Creation Of USDA Equity Commission

The USDA is creating an Equity Commission. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, explains why: “In the 70s, 80s, maybe even the 90s, Black farmers would go in to an FSA office in some states, and they would either not get a loan, or they would get the loan late, very late in the planting season, or […]

U.S. Hog Inventory Drops 2%

The USDA says there were 74.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms as of March 1st. The Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report says that the number is down 2% from March 2020, and three percent lower than December 1st of last year. Among the other key findings, NASS says of the 74.8 million hogs […]

EPA States Position on RFS Exemptions Before the Supreme Court

The Environmental Protection Agency filed a brief with the Supreme Court last week that lays out its new position on the Renewable Fuel Standard. A DTN report says the brief covered EPA’s view of the scope and purpose of the RFS, stating that three refiners who received RFS exemptions in 2017 and 2018 didn’t qualify […]