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 […]

AFBF Calling On Biden Administration To Be Clear About WOTUS

An American Farm Bureau official says whatever the Biden EPA decides to do with Trump Waters of the U.S. or WOTUS reforms, clarity should be key, especially in a pandemic. The AFBF’s Don Parrish said a return to the Obama 2015 water rule with its complicated definitions and sweeping regulatory reach, won’t help farmers or […]

Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District To Start Filing Canals

The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District has announced plans to start filling the West Canal on Wednesday, March 17th, barring any unforeseen scheduling requirements. Priming will continue on smaller canals and laterals through the first week in April, depending on the weather and the demand for water deliveries. After March 17th, water users are urged to contact […]

CME Launches First Ever Water Futures

On September 17th, CME Group and Nasdaq announced plans to launch the first-ever water futures contract based on the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index. Farmers and ranchers know the importance of keeping an eye on grain and livestock futures markets. And, water scarcity is one of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st century. […]

USDA Announces Water and Wastewater Funding

On Monday, the USDA announced $462 million in funding to modernize drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand says the upgrades “will improve public health and drive economic development.” USDA is funding 161 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The […]

Officials: Cattle to Blame for E. coli Outbreak in California

Outbreaks of E. coli that sickened almost 200 people in California late last year probably came from cattle grazing close to the farms that grew the tainted romaine lettuce. The Associated Press says those findings came from a report released late last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Cow feces, which can contain […]

Taylor: 2020 Promises To Be A Busy Year For Oregon Ag

As we look ahead to a New Year, it promises to be a busy one for the Oregon agriculture industry.  That according to Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor.  She said while trade remains a concern, that front has improved for Oregon farmer year over year.   “The U.S. and Japan negotiated what they’re […]