Cooper: IP 13 Could Have Detrimental Impact On Oregon Animal Ag

The Ag, as well as the non-Ag communities in Oregon are being warned of a push to get an initiative on the ballot that could dramatically impact farming across the state. IP-13 would make it a crime to fish and hunt, but it would also remove a lot of the exemptions the Ag community currently […]

Ledford Joins USWA West Coast Office

Tyllor Ledford has joined U.S. Wheat Associates as their new Assistant Director of the West Coast Office in Portland. The Colorado native said she grew up on a ranch that also grew alfalfa and was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA before attending Texas Tech University. “Where I studied Agriculture and Applied Economics. While I was […]

Four From Northwest Named Young Apple Leaders

The U.S. Apple Association recently announced its fifteen Young Apple Leaders for 2021, and four of this year’s winners come from the Pacific Northwest. The program provides each Young Apple Leader a year of mentorship and leadership training as they learn about federal regulatory and legislative apple issues. Becky Hinkley with CMI Orchards in Wenatchee, […]

Portland Area Horse Owner Faces Animal Neglect Charge

The owner of a horse farm southwest of Portland faces a felony charge for animal neglect, after investigators found nearly 50 horses they say were not being given adequate food or water. Because of the number of animals on the property, Susan Swango, 82, faces one count of 2nd Degree animal neglect. She is scheduled […]

OSU Researcher: Solar Farms Could Benefit Ag Environment

According to an Oregon State University researcher, if a small fraction of farms captured solar energy, it could produce a large slice of the country’s energy needs, all while boosting the bottom lines of farmers. OSU’s Chad Higgins said 1% of farmland in the United State could provide 20% of the country’s electricity needs through […]

Borjesson Becomes First Female Head Of WSUs Vet College

Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine made history Monday morning, with the first female dean the the school’s 120-year history. Dori Borjesson comes to Pullman from the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, where she was the chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. The Beaverton, OR-native is a board-certified […]

Wyden, Merkley Announce Funds For Oregon Farm To School Program

On Tuesday, Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the state will receive nearly $200,000 in Farm to School grants to support partnerships between local farms and school districts. The USDA funding will allow farms to supply schools with local produce, support hands-on agricultural education, and promote healthy eating through family programming, including cooking […]

Coronavirus Impacts Seattle Portland EIS Meetings

Because of the spread of the coronavirus, the federal government announced Thursday that two Columbia River System public comment meetings have been changed. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration decided that the in-person public comment meetings planned for Seattle and Portland will not be held […]

Draft Report Rejects The Idea Of Removing The Snake River Dams

Saying it would destabilize the power grid and increase overall greenhouse emissions, the long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River. The report said Hydropower generation would decrease by 1,100 average megawatts under average water conditions, and 730 average megawatts under low water conditions. The risk […]

Hemp/CBD Connex Allows Growers To Get Information From the “Horse’s Mouth”

The 6th annual Hemp/CBD Connex event runs Wednesday and Thursday at the Portland Expo Center.  The event will include industry experts from Washington, Oregon and the USDA talking about the hemp industry now, and how that industry may evolve into the future.  This year’s event will include over 30 sessions conducted by industrial professionals as […]