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 […]