Continuing Resolution Provides Much Needed Disaster Assistance for Agriculture

The Senate and the House passed a Continuing Resolution to fund federal agencies through December 3rd. The CR provides $10 billion in much-needed disaster relief for losses incurred by farmers and ranchers in 2020 and 2021. It also extends Livestock Mandatory Reporting through December 3rd. National Farmers Union President Rob Larew says this is good […]

Newhouse Expresses Disappointment With Decision To Return BLM Offices To D.C.

Last month, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a reversal of a Trump Administration decision to relocate leadership of the Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction, CO. Haaland said at the time, “the bureau must have the appropriate structure and resources to serve the American public.” But the return to D.C. is not sitting well […]

NW Wheat Stocks In Storage Dip 40% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, all wheat stocks stored in the Pacific Northwest dropped 40% from September 1st, 2020. In Idaho stored wheat totaled 65.6 million bushels, down from 106 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were down 40%, while on-farm stocks were down 35% compared to the previous year. In Oregon, wheat stored topped out […]

WSU, Clore Center Announce Partnership

Washington State University has announced a partnership to provide wine and culinary education at the Walter Clore Center in Prosser, which is run in part by the Port of Benton. WSU’s Maegan Murray, says this is a natural partnership. “We are the educational side of things so we’ll be offering sensory classes and wine business classes […]

OWRD Hosting Well Examination

The Oregon Water Resources Department will host a well constructor licensing examination on October 11th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Water Resources offices in Salem. The exam is available for those wishing to secure a new well constructor license for monitoring and water wells or those needing to renew […]

Biden Administration to Unveil China Trade Strategy on Monday

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will reveal the Biden administration’s long-awaited strategy for moving forward with the U.S.-China trade relationship. Tai will discuss the troubled relationship during a speech at a Washington D.C. think tank. Since she first took office in March, Tai has been working through a complete review of Washington’s trade policy with […]

Forest Service Continues To Look At Expanding Use Of Wood Products

Continued innovation in wood-based products is essential in creating both economic markets and forest ecosystem balance. “I promoted the efficient use of forest products. Our research also has to protect against nature disturbance. We talk about wildfires, but it’s also about invasive species and a change in climate,” noted Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. He […]

Vilsack Offers Updated On AIM Efforts

Back in April, when President Biden had his climate summit at the White House he announced his AIM for Climate initiative, the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate. It’s goal is to form a coalition of nations to join that mission. What’s happened since then?  “Out focus for the last several months as President Biden announced […]