Lawmakers Call On FDA To Stop The Use Of Dairy Terms On Non-Dairy Products

On Thursday, Idaho senator Jim Risch, Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin along with Idaho Representative Mike Simpson and Vermont’s Peter Welch introduced the Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, Milk, and Cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act; better known as the DAIRY PRIDE Act of 2021. The legislation would require non-dairy products made […]

Volunteer Canola Becoming A Bigger Problem Across the Northwest

Washington State University researchers are warning growers to be on the lookout for volunteer canola, which is becoming a problematic weed here in the Northwest. WSU’s Drew Lyon said as canola acreage increases throughout the state, volunteer canola has become a bigger challenge. “Some of this canola is got the Roundup Ready trait in it, so […]

Oregon Wolf Population Continues To Grow

Oregon’s gray wolf population grew in 2020 with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife documenting 15 more wolves. ODFW released its annual Wolf Conservation and Management Report this week, which stated there are at least 173 known wolves. ODFW determines the population based on tracks, sightings as well as photos from remote cameras. Wolves started returning […]

Idaho Senate OKs Plan To Kill Wolves

On Wednesday, the Idaho Senate approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors to kill up to 90% of the wolves in the state. The bill was approved on a 26-7 vote includes additional changes intended to cut the wolf population from about 1,500 to 150. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported […]

Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Retroactively Extend PPP Benefits

Earlier this week, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, introduced bipartisan legislation to extend more relief to farmers and small businesses. The PPP Flexibility for Farmers, Ranchers, and the Self-Employed Act offers changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill includes a legislative fix authored by Senator Baldwin that would make […]

USDA’s National Agricultural Classification Survey is Underway

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Classification Survey should be arriving in a mailbox near you. The survey, according to USDA, is one of the most important steps in determining who should receive a 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaire, asks recipients if they are involved in agricultural activity. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently mailed […]

Christiansen We Need To Treat More Forrest Acres

To better contain and suppress wildfire activity the U.S. Forest Service says her department has to treat more land and “up their game”. Chief, Vicki Christiansen recently said between two to three acres of national forest land are treated for wildfire prevention annually. She added, even with strategic planning of treatment in selected fire sheds, […]

USDA Addresses Questions About Crop Insurance

Growers have several questions related to crop insurance and how it fits in to the aspects of addressing issues of climate and climate-smart agriculture. “Crop insurance loss experience over time,” noted USDA Risk Management Chief Actuary, Thomas Worth. “How is climate change impacting risk, or our crop insurance rates accounting for that risk?] The answer […]

Work Continues To Map Broadband Needs

Estimates vary on what it will cost to bring high speed Internet access to every home in rural America. Vickie Robinson with Microsoft Global Airband Initiative, recently told a House Ag Committee it could cost between $60-$80 billion to fill the many gaps that exist in broadband service. “I submit, however, that it’s hard to […]