Over thirty years ago we began producing daily radio news casts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
There is strong opposition to the Legal Workforce Act currently being considered in the House Judiciary Committee. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition - comprised of more than 70 agricultural organizations - says any bill mandating E-Verify must only come after or in conjunction with legislation to address the labor crisis America’s farmers, ranchers and growers currently face. Imposing mandat
MGEX has recorded the 2nd-best month in its storied history, reporting a total volume of 221,410 from February. MGEX also saw its electronic volume from February finish the month at 197,456, making it the highest electronic volume month ever for the Exchange. February’s co
The deadline has been extended for producers to update yield history or reallocate base acres until March 31st. If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31st - the farm’s current yield and base will be used. The deadline to
On Friday, bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past Administrations from those of President Jimmy Carter to President George W. Bush, issued an open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority. The former secr
The issue of whether to trust agricultural science and scientists is coming to a head as there is a demand for more science-based information. Recent examples like removing potatoes from the WIC program and then turning around and putting them back in…or that eggs are a cholesterol demon to be avoided when new research says not to worry about that. Ag Secretrary V
Nearly 400 farm, nutrition and conservation groups have written congressional budget letters urging Senate and House leaders to reject calls for additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. The groups say Congress passed sweeping changes to the nation’s food and farm policy that included significant deficit reduction just over one year ago. The 2014 Farm B
West Coast ports are nearing normal activity and lining up the backlog of shipments for movement. As the recent agreement allowed a settlement to the issue’s along the west coast farm groups are calling for more long-term improvements at the ports. Some are worrie
The Senate Agriculture Committee’s first hearing is scheduled for today. Chairman Pat Roberts says it’s been one year since the passage of the farm bill -- and the committee has a responsibility to ensure farm bill programs are working as efficiently as Congress intended. Farmers and ran
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century. FAO Director-Ge
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the USDA has released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. This report is a recommendation to the Secretaries as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year. Unfortunately,
President Obama has sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to help mediate negotiations in the West Coast ports labor dispute. Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse is encouraged by the administration’s response to calls for stepped-up involvement to address the dispute that has crippled the West Coast’s export economy. He strongly urg
A 2013 lawsuit against the USDA challenging the legality of the Country-of-Origin Labeling rules has been dismissed. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association President Danni Beer says that case has been dismissed by stipulation of the parties.
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