Oil Prices Continue To Move Higher As Demand Continues To Climb

Oil prices continue the slow climb higher that consumers have seen for several months at this point. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says a barrel of West Texas Crude was up to around $71 in Monday’s trade. And he noted there are two key issues pushing those oil prices higher. First, DeHaan noted, demand for oil […]

Razor Clamming Opens On Central Oregon Coast

Last week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the opening of the central coast for razor clam harvesting. Razor clam harvesting is now open from Cape Lookout, south of Netart’s Bay, to the California border. State officials say recent shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels […]

Feds Looking A Cutting Back on Salmon Fishing Along The West Coast

Federal officials have proposed curtailing nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast especially in challenging years in an effort to assist Northwest endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when Chinook salmon forecasts are especially low. The southern resident killer whales, […]

2021: Marks Second Year Of Bad Precipitation Levels

Unfortunately, for western growers, 2021 marks the second poor year in a row of poor precipitation numbers. “And that goes for about everything except the northern tier of the western US. So everything really from Oregon and California, eastward through Wyoming and southwards of the southern Rockies,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Now much of […]

NCBA to Honor Cattle Feeder Hall of Fame Inductees in August

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inductees and award winners will be honored in August. The event, August 9, will precede the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor the exceptional visionary men and women who have […]

Newhouse: Legislation Focuses On Making Water Infrastructure Improvements Easier, More Affordable

Earlier this month, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse, and California Representative John Garamendi introduced House Resolution 2979 which will amend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014. Newhouse said the legislation will make public water projects eligible for low interest, long-term federal loans from the EPA. The chair of the House western Caucus pointed […]

WSU Professor Hopeful The Western Monarch Is Rebounding

A new Western Monarch butterfly breeding pattern is spurring hope that the butterfly is adapting to climate and ecology change. Washington State University Associate Professor, Dr. David James, said the studies done indicate the strategy for overwintering has changed and the Monarchs were breeding in the San Francisco, Bay area and Los Angeles this winter. “This seems to […]

Drought Forces California Farmers to Leave Fields Empty

For some farmers in California, there’s not enough water to grow a crop this year. Bloomberg News reports farmers north of San Francisco are not participating in farmers’ markets or produce box programs and are leaving fields empty. California grows one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of U.S. fruits and nuts. Normally, California receives the […]

Western U.S. Continues To Dry Out

It’s not only dry in the Northwest, it’s becoming increasly dry across the entire west coast. “One of the problems is that we have seen premature melting of already meager snow packs in many areas,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “And that has left very little snow still to melt as we move into May.” […]

Drought Emergency Declared in 41 California Counties

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an expanded “drought emergency proclamation” for 41 of the state’s 58 counties. Newsom cited above-average temperatures and dry conditions in April and May, directing the state water board to consider modifying the requirements for reservoir releases and other conservation measures. In addition, the declaration gives California officials flexibility in regulatory […]