USDA Recalling Pork Products

Chicago-Based Evans Food Group is recalling approximately 10,359 pounds of pork pellet products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States. The pork pellet products were imported on September 15th and further processed into pork rind and chicharrones items. These items were shipped to retail locations in Washington, Arizona, California, Nevada, New […]

USDA Investment to Strengthen Hispanic-Serving Higher Education

The USDA has provided $12 million for Hispanic-serving Institutions of higher education. Last week’s announcement was part of a launch of the first in a series of virtual roundtable engagement sessions with Minority-serving Institutions and Land-grant Universities serving underrepresented students. The funding is part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Hispanic-serving Institutions Education […]

Arizona Judge Vacates Navigable Waters Protection Rule

The District of Arizona court ruled this week to vacate the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. However, what the decision means for the rule is one of many questions yet to be answered. Three courts have refused to dismantle the NWPR, including last month when a federal court in South Carolina refused a similar request from […]

Drought Pushing Up Feed Costs For Idaho Dairy Farmers

As the hot, dry summer continues, the drought is impacting Northwest crops in a variety of ways. For the Idaho dairy industry, the biggest impact is the dramatic increase in feed costs. “We’re seeing more and more competition for hay,” noted Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. “Competing with states like Colorado, Arizona, […]

Over 1,000 Counties Approved for Emergency Haying and Grazing on CRP Acres

More than 1,000 counties are eligible for emergency Conservation Reserve Program haying and grazing. The most recently published list of counties with permitted haying and grazing on CRP land, which was released Thursday 06/24/21, includes 1,021 counties, or 32% of counties nationwide. Primarily located in the West, 860 of those counties have been designated in […]

Western Drought Continues To Intensify

Despite an overall decline in drought conditions across the continental United States over the past month, drought conditions intensified across much of the west. “As we move in to the month of June we continue to see at least two thirds coverage of the two highest drought areas D3 to D4 or extreme to exceptional […]

USDA Investing $598 Million to Improve and Modernize Rural Electric Infrastructure

Earlier this week, the USDA announced investments to modernize and improve rural electric grids through 11 projects under the Electric Loan Program. The funding will benefit 460,000 rural residents and businesses in 7 Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. Several of the loans will help expand […]

Food, Ag Climate Alliance Wants Voice In Climate Solutions

Four witnesses representing the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance testified to the Senate Agriculture Committee during last week’s climate change hearing. Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse told lawmakers the group supports three principals, when it comes to involving farmers and ranchers in the solution. “A very broad and diverse group of people have come […]

Newhouse Elected Chairman Of The Western Caucus

Dan Newhouse can add one more title to his resume; Chairman of the Western Caucus. On Thursday, the Caucus Executive Committee voted unanimously to elect Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse as Chairman for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Arizona Republican Paul Gosar, is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 Members of Congress from […]

Two Selected For Oregon State Board of Ag

Earlier this week Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of Elin Miller of Roseburg and Josh Zielinski of Salem to serve on the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. Both appointments were effective October 29th, and each will serve a four-year term. Miller and Zielinski will attend their first Board of Agriculture meeting as members […]