OCA Welcomes Renewed Interest In Cattle Market Legislation

Over the past 18 months, the voices calling for changes in the packing industry have become louder and more numerous. Many livestock producer organizations say ranchers enjoy the profits or margins they should since there are only four major packing companies in the U.S. To that end, Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer has introduced legislation, cosponsored […]

Bentz Calls On Administration To Revise Spotted Owl Habitat

On Wednesday, Oregon’s Cliff Bentz crafted a letter, signed by nine members of the House, asking the Department of the Interior to implement a federal rule pushed in January revising the designation of the critical habitat of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO). If implemented, Bentz says the 2021 rule would better allow federal agencies to […]

Corn Growers Warned To Watch For Yellow Nutsedge

Dr. Tim Waters with Washington State University-Extension is warning row crop growers to be on the lookout for Yellow Nutsedge this season. He noted they’ve already seen a lot of this difficult weed across the Columbia Basin. “One of the places in the rotation where you can do a better job of controlling it is […]

Application Period Opens for 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies that are providing solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $165,000 in startup funds provided by sponsors […]

ODA Is Looking For Two To Join Fertilizer Research Committee

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is looking to fill a pair of openings on the Fertilizer Research Committee. One member must represent the fertilizer, agricultural amendment, or agricultural mineral industry, while the second opening is for a member of the public. The committee advises the ODA director on funding grants for research and development related […]

Vilsack: SNAP Benefits Economy, As Well As Those In Need

Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, recently noted the impact of SNAP, is more than just helping to feed people. “For every dollar that we spend in SNAP, we generate economic activity” Vilsack compared the numbers to figures from when he served as USDA head during the Obama Administration. “Way back when, when I was Secretary, it […]

Ellensburg Ranch Celebrates 10 Years As Certified Animal Welfare Approved

The Newhall family’s Windy N Ranch, based in Ellensburg, WA, recently celebrated 10 years as a Certified Animal Welfare Approved operation by A Greener World. The certification recognizes the Central Washington farm for their “highest animal welfare standards”.  Owner Greg Newhall, said the CAWA approval is one of the highest honors in the world when […]

NCBA Welcomes Preserving Family Farms Act

House lawmakers recently introduced the Preserving Family Farms Act of 2021, a priority for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA has long supported efforts to reduce tax burdens on farmers and ranchers. This bipartisan legislation to expand IRS Code Section 2032A would allow cattle producers to take advantage of the Special Use Valuation and protect […]

2nd Annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Month Underway

This April marks the 2nd annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Month.​ WWVW Communications director, Liz Knapke said April was selected since March is Taste Washington month, and May is Oregon Wine Month, putting them right in the middle of the celebrations. “Typically, it’s also when the valley sees the very first buds break onto the grapevine so […]