Ag Coalition Calls for More Ag Research Funding

A coalition of agriculture groups and universities are calling on Congress and the Biden administration to increase funding for agricultural research. The groups say an increase of $40 billion is needed for agricultural research. In separate letters to President Joe Biden and House and Senate leadership, the groups say, “We strongly support a robust investment […]

America Grows Act Introduced in the Senate

The America Grows Act of 2021 was introduced in the Senate earlier this week. It would significantly increase U.S. public investment in agricultural research and development. The bill would increase funding for agricultural research by 5% every year on an inflation-adjusted basis at four USDA agencies over the next decade. Those agencies are the Agricultural […]

Research Will Be Key In New Farm Bill

Agricultural and food research and development will be one of the main areas of focus as construction of the 2023 Farm Bill gets underway. Andy LaVigne of the American Seed Trade Association says continued support of genetic research through USDA and ARS is essential. “Especially with the last 20-30 years where we’ve looked at base […]

Schrier Returns To Ag Biotech, Hort Subcommittee

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier announced she has once again been named to the House Ag Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research. Schrier served on this Subcommittee during the 116th Congress. “The Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee is an important Subcommittee to our district and Washington state, with jurisdiction over policies relating to tree fruit growers and […]

Newhouse Named To House Appropriations Subcommittee On Ag

Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse has been appointed to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration. Newhouse said he will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies as well as the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.  “I am honored to continue […]

NWFCS Donates Over $1.5M To OSU To Enhance Ag Efforts

On Tuesday, Oregon State University announced it had received a $1.58 million donation from Northwest Farm Credit Services to improve agriculture education. School officials say the aim of the gift is to enhance existing programs in the College of Agricultural Science at OSU that will have an immediate impact on the diversity, innovation and sustainability […]

Walden Says Goodbye To Congress

Earlier this week, long time central and eastern Oregon representative Greg Walden took to the House floor one final time to say goodbye to his colleagues. Walden said growing up on a cherry orchard outside of The Dalles taught him to have great respect for farmers and ranchers. “I worked hard to protect their way […]

Two OSU Professors Honored For Agriculture Research

Contributions in barley breeding and soil nitrogen cycling led to a pair of Oregon State University professors to be selected as American Association fo the Advancement of Science Fellows. OSU’s Patrick Hayes and David Myrold were recently selected in the category of agriculture, food and renewable resources. Hayes, professor of crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural […]

Merkley: Legislation Will Benefit Family Farms, Rural Housing, More

Earlier this week, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley rolled out legislation he said will provide millions of dollars in investments for the farm community across the state and beyond. Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, says the spending bill will cover a wide variety of Ag, housing food assistance and rural […]

Ag Community Looking For Zero Hunger Globally

No one is denying that it’s an ambitious goal.   “I know that food security and getting to zero hunger is a huge challenge; it can seem overwhelming,” said USDA Agricultural Research Service Administrator, Chavonda Jacobs-Young.  She and other participants at a recent 2019 world food prize panel believe, research will be essential to achieve […]