Environmental Groups Ask That Dams Be Breached

Late last month, several federal agencies, including the Army Corp of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and BPA signed an Environmental Impact Statement keeping the four lower Snake River dams in place. Last week, several environmental groups announced plans to file a suit against the federal government saying not enough was being done to protect salmon […]

Brown Extends COVID Requirements For Ag Workers, OFB Dismayed

On Friday, Governor Kate Brown extended her Executive Order focused on protecting agricultural workers from coronavirus during the off season. Brown said Executive Order 20-58, issued earlier this year, addresses physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation requirements in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s farm workers and surrounding communities. “Agricultural workers […]

Profits Expected For Forest Products, Nursery Industries, According to NWFCS

Today we move in to a “special overtime session” of Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly commodity snapshot series, as we transition to the nursery and forest products industries. According to Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, lumber processors and timberland owners are expected to be profitable. “Record lumber prices through the second half of 2020 will […]

Donation To Mattawa Food Bank Will Help Farm Workers In Need

The Mattawa Area Food Bank was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the fraternal non-profit The Royal Neighbors of America. Board president, Pamela Bunger, said the funds came at a great time, after they learned that the food bank’s forklift is not repairable. “Also we are heading towards our busy time, the winter, and we […]

Idaho Specialty Crop Program Offers Nearly $2M Statewide

The Idaho state Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop block grant program was much more popular in 2020 compared to just a year earlier. ISDA said 17 different projects were awarded $1.8 million, specifically to help specialty crop growers across the state. The funds from the specialty crop block grant program will be used to […]

State Cattle Groups Support Cattle Market Transparency Act

More than a dozen state cattle organizations, including the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, recently voiced their support for the Cattle Market Transparency Act. In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee leadership, 16 state cattle groups say the bill “will aid in cattle market transparency for all producers.” Led by the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, the group says, […]

WSDA: Removal Of Asian Giant Hornet Nest Successful

According to the Washington state Department of Agriculture, Friday’s removal of an Asian giant hornet nest found near Blaine was successful. The WSDA Pest Program vacuumed numerous hornets out of a tree cavity. Few details were offered Friday. The WSDA plans to release more information Monday. Click Here for more from the WSDA. If you […]

Reward Offered for Information on Eastern Oregon Wolf Poaching

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as conservation groups have offered $6,150 in reward money for information concerning the poaching of a male radio-collared wolf in Baker County in September. The carcass of the block wolf, with a pink radio collar was found northwest of New Bridge in the Skull Creek drainage […]