Koenig: Growth Relationships Importance As CAHNRS Returns From COVID

Earlier this month, Washington State University announced an interim dean to head the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences after the departure of Andre Wright. The person the school tapped to take that leadership role is not new to Cougar Nation. Rich Koenig, a 1993 graduate of WSU has served in a variety […]

High Desert Milk Rolls Out $50M Expansion

A Burley, ID based dairy processor has undergone a major expansion that cooperative officials say nearly doubles output. According to High Desert Milk, this improvement will allow them to increase annual butter output from 45 million pounds to 85 million pounds and add a new, high-demand milk-powder product called MPC-70 to its lineup.  MPC-70 is a milk-protein […]

CAFO Permit Request For Boardman Dairy Continues To Move

The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it had received a Confined Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, application from Cole Easterday, on July 22nd. This new application came about a week after Cole’s father, Cody Easterday withdrew his CAFO application for the same site, at the request of ODA. The new CAFO application is similar […]

ODFW Called To Two Depredations In Baker County Over The Weekend

Investigators with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were called to a pair of depredations in Baker County over the weekend. It started Friday morning when a livestock producer found a dead 850-pound, 18 month old heifer on private land in the Nodine Creek area. The carcass was intact and complete, expect for scavenging […]

Spring Wheat Conditions Contrinue To Worsen

The condition of the spring wheat crop continues to worsen. “Just 9% of the US spring wheat is rated in good to excellent condition, down from 11% a week ago. And it’s a whopping 66% of the spring wheat rated very poor to poor. That is up from 63% a week ago.” USDA Meteorologist Brad […]

Cosmic Crisp Wins Good Housekeeping’s Health Snack Award

Congratulations to Washington State University, after the school’s WA 38 was nationally recognized as a healthy snack. Judges at Good Housekeeping named the Cosmic Crisp a Healthy Snack Award winner for the second summer in a row. Good Housekeeping’s registered dietitian evaluates hundreds of snacks every year to help families make nutritious choices. The apple […]

Dean Outlines Farm To School Grants

The USDA recently announced the largest number of school to farm grants in the Department’s history. Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Stacey Dean said $12 million in grants have been awarded to 176 project recipients in 45 states and D.C. “And these grants are going to serve more than 1.4 million […]

Newhouse, DelBene Call On Vilsack To Do More To Help NW Producers

On Tuesday, western Washington’s Suzan DelBene and central Washington’s Dan Newhouse led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging the USDA to open relief programs to more producers that have lost crops or livestock. In response to June’s heatwave, that saw temperatures approach 120 degrees in some locations, Secretary Vilsack issued several […]

Law Enforcement Reminding Everyone Of The Dangers Of Irrigation Canals Ponds

Now that we’re in the dog days of summer, it may be tempting for those on the farm, or near a farm to cool off in irrigation water. But local law enforcement is reminding you of the dangers of irrigation water. Investigators say a 44-year-old man died Sunday after he drowned in an irrigation canal […]

July Set To Wrap Up On A Hot Note

For many across the Northwest, this has already been an intense summer. So, it maybe hard to believe, but 56 days remain in summer. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said while the first month of summer has been extremely hot and extremely dry, there is some reason for encouragement. She noted that […]