Moses Lake Farm Marks 10 Years Of Sustainability

Moses Lake based Lucky Hook Farm recently surpassed the 10 year certification milestone with the leading animal welfare and sustainability label, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World. Lucky Hook Farm co-owner, Jessi Maurer, said one of the biggest benefits of the certification is the abundance of helpful information and collaboration available to participating farmers. “There’s always new […]

EPA Announces Funding For Local Environmental Education Grants

On Wednesday, the EPA announced that up to $3 million is available for locally-focused environmental education grants thanks to the 2021 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program. EPA will award grants in each of EPA’s 10 Regions. The Northwest section, or Region 10, includes Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska, for between $50,000 and $100,000 each. […]

Republicans Launch Conservative Climate Caucus

Last week, House Republicans launched the Conservative Climate Caucus. The caucus includes more than 50 representatives, including Oregon’s Cliff Bentz and Washington’s Dan Newhouse. These representatives come from every committee with jurisdiction over climate policy and various ranking members. Utah Representative John Curtis chairs the caucus, stating, “We do care about climate – and we […]

Walmsley: Growing Climate Solution Act Remarkable Legislation

A bipartisan climate bill supported by several food and agriculture groups is making its way through Congress. Andrew Walmsley, director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, called the Growing Climate Solutions Act a remarkable bill. “When you look at it from a bipartisan standpoint, we have over 50 members of the Senate, that’s […]

Top House Ag Republican Opposes Growing Climate Solutions Act

The top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee opposes the Growing Climate Solutions Act passed by the Senate last week. Representative Glenn G.T. Thompson, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said the bill is a “big-government solution in search of a problem.” The Senate recently passed the bill, with support from many agriculture groups. However, Thompson says, […]

OSU’s Farm 2 Fork Webinars Return In July

Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology will restart its Farm 2 Fork, Paths to Sustainable Food Systems webinar series July 16th. Assistant Professor of Practice Sheri Cole said the program started in October to talk about how food systems work and how they’re changing. “Our goal is to connect the people who are interested in food. Food […]

WSU Using “Eyes In The Sky” To Promote Sustainability

Washington State University researchers are using satellites and drones to help local conservation districts monitor areas near rivers and streams to help improve agricultural sustainability. Alex Fremier said the BIOAg program is a bottom-up approach, meaning it encourages local stewardship to improve riparian areas. From there results of those actions can be monitored. Fremier said […]

Mallory: Historic America the Beautiful Plan Will Help Address Climate Change

Brenda Mallory is Chair of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality. She recently called the America the Beautiful proposal recently rolled out by the Administration “historic”. “Never before has a President outlined a vision of this kind and certainly not this early in an administration.” The initiative outlines an locally-led voluntary nationwide goal to […]

Focus On Fruit for 04/29/21

The Administration continues to promote changes the Ag community can make to help address climate change. What does that mean for tree fruit growers in the Northwest? We asked Mark Power, President the Northwest Horticultural Council. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Biden Pledges 50% Cut in U.S. Emissions By 2030

During a virtual Earth Day summit with other world leaders last week, President Joe Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. A DTN article says biofuel groups are relieved after the president’s plan talked about very low carbon, new generation renewable fuels to help achieve rapid emission reductions in both […]