Bentz: Natural Resources Appointment Good For Northwest Ag

Eastern Oregon’s Cliff Bentz has been named the Ranking Member on the House’s Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife for the upcoming Congress. The freshman representative says this appointment is beneficial for both the Beaver State and the Northwest. “It gives me the opportunity to offer amendments that would either fix a problem […]

Tax Relief, Water, Two Of The Top Issues IFBF Will Watch In Upcoming Session

As state lawmakers prepare to kick off the 2021 legislative session, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation said there will a host of issues the Ag community should watch very closely. Braden Jensen, Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs with the IFBF, said property tax reform is one of the top issues the Idaho Ag community and […]

Walden Says Goodbye To Congress

Earlier this week, long time central and eastern Oregon representative Greg Walden took to the House floor one final time to say goodbye to his colleagues. Walden said growing up on a cherry orchard outside of The Dalles taught him to have great respect for farmers and ranchers. “I worked hard to protect their way […]

WSU Looks To Hear Farmers Thoughts On Water Management

In the coming weeks, Washington State University will survey owners of irrigated farms across the central portion of the state to get their take on water management and how to use water more efficiently. Joe Cook, Associate Professor at WSU’s School of Economic Sciences said this survey, specifically for farms located in the Okanogan, Methow, […]

Baron: Nooksack Basin Dispute Could Have Big Impacts On Water Rights Across Washington

A water rights issue in Northwest Washington could have long-term and damaging impacts on the rights of farmers across the entire state, that according to Gerald Baron, Executive Director of Save Family Farming. The state Department of Ecology is currently moving toward the adjudication of water rights in the Nooksack Basin in Whatcom County. Baron […]

IFBFs New CEO Prepares For New Role

For the first time in roughly 20 years, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation will have a new CEO when July starts. Zak Miller, a 5th generation farmer from eastern Idaho will take over the position currently filled by Rick Keller, who retires June 30th. Miller said he’s excited and feels blessed in his new role […]

Ag Community Frustrated With Ecology’s Committee Decisions

Many in the Washington Ag community are frustrated with the Department of Ecology.  The state Department of Ecology recently announced it has appointed public employees to represent agriculture on committees that will chart the future allocation of water in seven river basins.  The move upset many, including the Washington Farm Bureau, which said the seats […]