Despite Heat, Drought, 2021 A Good Year For Idaho Sugar Beet Growers

The summer was one for the record book here in the Pacific Northwest. But despite unprecedented heat and drought, one industry that fared very well was sugar beets. Brad Griff, Executive Director of the Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association, says he was pleasantly surprised how well the beets weathered everything 2021 threw their way. “We […]

OWRD Hosting Well Examination

The Oregon Water Resources Department will host a well constructor licensing examination on October 11th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Water Resources offices in Salem. The exam is available for those wishing to secure a new well constructor license for monitoring and water wells or those needing to renew […]

NRCS Trying To Encourage Farmers To Pursue Climate Smart Practices

NRCS continues to seek ways to encourage farmers to pursue climate smart practices good for the farming industry and for the environment. “One of the things we often say is farmers are often the best environmentalists out there across the landscape,” noted NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs Jimmy Bramblett. “And within NRCS we work with […]

Brown Orders State Agencies To Curtail Water Use

On Wednesday, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order directing state agencies to stop watering the lawns and washing the windows at their offices and facilities amid an ongoing drought emergency. The order also orders state agencies to stop running fountains that don’t recirculate water, bans the planting of new landscaping that requires irrigation and […]

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 […]