Despite April Storms Oviatt Still Cautious About Oregon Snowpack

According to one expert, while the higher elevations of Oregon saw substantial snow over the past four weeks, the state is not out of the drought woods by any stretch of the imagination. Scott Oviatt with NRCS Oregon said snowpacks across the state have increased considerably from the numbers reported in early April. However, he […]

NW Lawmakers Call For Improved Transparency From USTR

On Tuesday, a Bipartisan group of Senate Finance Committee Members called on the U.S. Trade Representative for improve transparency. Led by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, of Oregon, and Ranking Member, Idaho’s, Mike Crapo, and New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, the lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative asking the office to […]

UPL Agronomic Minute: Codling Moth

In today’s UPL Agronomic Minute, John Aigner talks about codling moth, what growers should watch out for, and options available to keep that fruit healthy and sellable. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Central Oregon’s Crooked River Reporting Near Record Low Levels

With the Crooked River at near record low levels, Central Oregon’s Prineville Reservoir is at just 28%, the lowest level ever recorded this time of year. The Bureau of Reclamation’s Christine Schuldheisz, said the reservoir filled to just 62% capacity last year, contributing to the current shortfall. “So, we’re starting this year with a very […]

Lohmann: 2022 Off To A Good Start Moisture Wise

After a very dry start to the calendar year, 2022 has, for many locations across the Pacific Northwest, turned out to be a good year precipitation wise. According to the National Weather Service, since the start of the year, Yakima has received 2.64” of rain, the Tri-Cities has seen 3.69”, while 6.61” has fallen in […]

USDA Accepting Comments On New Dietary Guidelines

The public comment process continues through May 16th on what is the first step of development for the latest series of dietary guidelines for Americans. “With this step, what we do is the department posts public comment, the topics and questions that we would like our advisory committee to examine.” With Eve Stoody with of […]

Lawmakers Seek $1 Billion for Farm Bill Conservation Programs in 2023 Budget

Last week, a group of Senate Democrats requested the 2023 budget include funding for Farm Bill conservation programs. Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Chris Coons of Delaware led the effort in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee. The senators also ask for $1 billion to continue to increase […]

New Study Demonstrates Lower Consumer Costs at the Pump

On Monday, Clean Fuels Alliance America released a new study, “The Offsetting Impact of Expanded Biomass Based Diesel Production on Diesel Prices.” The study shows that U.S. production of biodiesel and renewable diesel consistently reduces distillate fuel prices by increasing the supply. As the production and availability of cleaner, better fuels grew over the last […]

NACD Applauds CRP Announcement

The National Association of Conservation Districts was pleased to hear that USDA accepted offers of more than two million acres in Conservation Reserve Program enrollment. “We applaud USDA and commend them for their leadership in continuing to administer this critical program,” said NACD President Michael Crowder. “CRP is a voluntary program and a significant component […]