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.
The U.S. House has again passed Trade Promotion Authority. House lawmakers approved TPA Thursday as a standalone bill. It was the second time in a week that the House passed TPA. A week ago the chamber voted to approve TPA as part of a package of trade measures, but it defeated a Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, thus preventing TPA from moving forward. This time, TPA
A report by Citigroup indicates El Nino may harm the global economy in the second half of this year. The report released this month says the El Nino weather pattern may increase returns from grains by as much as 25 percent and lead to higher retail food prices. Australia decla
A bill slashing Environmental Protection Agency funding and blocking several of its new regulations is scheduled to pass through the House Appropriations Committee, this week. Republicans are pushing an Interior and Environment funding bill that cuts $718 million, or 9 percent, from the EPA’s budget in fiscal 2016, on top of the 20 percent cut the agency has absorbed since Republicans took the House in 2011. The bill also i
The White House has announced drought assistance for states in the west that continue to struggle with prolonged dryness. The Administration is announcing new actions and investments of more than $110 million to support workers, farmers and rural communities suffering from drought and to combat wildfires. The new funding
The American Farm Bureau’s analysis of the Waters of the U.S. rule finds the final rule to be worse than EPA’s original proposal. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said the conclusions “are sobering.” The rule wou
The Monsanto takeover offer to Syngenta could cut Monsanto’s U.S. tax bill in half. If accepted and approved, Monsanto told Syngenta back in April they would incorporate the company in the U.K. – a move th
In order to help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control and provide forage for animals - cover crops are becoming more popular. Cover crops are able to create more resilient, efficient production systems. In 2010 - USDA
The U.S. has won its World Trade Organization case against India regarding India’s eight-year-old ban on U.S. poultry, meat, eggs and live pigs. India claimed it needed to restrict these ag products to prevent avian influenza from entering India. The U.S. Trade
During the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final Veterinary Feed Directive rule - a major component of FDA’s plan to promote judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. The regulations
The Obama Administration hosted the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - bringing together more than 150 food companies, retailers and human and animal health stakeholders to highlight commitments to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. President Barac
The Environmental Defense Fund announced a collaboration with Campbell Soup Company and its subsidiary, Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated, to improve water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing fertilizer use and improving soil conservation in the company’s wheat sourcing areas. Campbell’s su
USDA announced last week it will launch a program worth 100-million dollars to help fund infrastructure projects to increase the availability of higher blends of ethanol. American-made, clean energy sources support the environment, reduce U.S. dependence on
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