Three Appointed To Dairy West’s Board

Dairy West has a trio of new directors. John Brubaker, owner of Knott Run Dairy in Buhl, will fill Seat #2 and serve until March 2025. Pete Wiersma, owner of Fairview Dairy in Buhl, will fill Seat #5 and serve until March 2025. And Debra Reeves, co-owner of White Harvest Farms in Buhl, will fill […]

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 […]

Newhouse, Thompson Ask For USDA Support Against LCD

Last week, Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Congressional Western Caucus, and G.T Thompson, House Ag Committee Republican Leader, wrote a letter to USDA concerning the spread of Little Cherry Disease and its impact on the sweet cherry industry across the U.S. The letter addressed to USDA Administrator Kevin Shea said, in part, “Over the last […]

USDA Invests $167 Million in High-Speed Broadband in 12 States

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Department of Agriculture is investing $167 million in 12 states to deploy broadband infrastructure. The investment focuses on rural areas without sufficient access to high-speed internet. The investments will benefit rural people in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and […]

2021 Tart Cherry Crop Larger, Thanks To Washington, Utah

The 2021 tart cherry crop is larger than previous year crops by over two million tons. “That’s really about half of what we would normally see for our tart cherry crop,” said NASS’ Lance Honig. “So this is the second consecutive year with fairly low production.” Honig also noted the rise in tart cherries comes […]

ODA Requires Mink Farmers To Vaccinate Their Animals

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has filed a temporary emergency rule requiring all mink ranchers to vaccinate their animals against COVID-19. Officials are looking to stop the virus from mutating in mink and being passed back to humans. “ODA is taking the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection in captive mink, as well […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Schrier, Fulcher Part Of Bipartisan Effort To Digitize Mapping Records

A bipartisan group of lawmakers unviewed legislation Monday that will direct federal land management agencies to digitize and standardize mapping records. Supporters of the Modernizing Access to our Public Land Act, better known as the MAPLand Act, says this legislation will allow hunters, anglers, and millions of other federal land users to access essential information […]