More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
Ag News: Romaine Task Force
The final report from the Romaine Task Force, started in the wake of several outbreaks traced to the lettuce, is far from over, but recommendations could come by December.
Ag News: Tariffs on EU Exports to U.S.
A ruling last week allows the U.S. to hit European countries with $7.5 billion worth of annual tariffs in retaliation for damages done by subsidies given to Airbus.
Ag News: Refinery Exemptions
Registered voters oppose the Trump administration’s exemption for oil refineries from renewable fuel blending obligations by a margin of nearly two to one.
Ag News: U.S. Tree Fruit Production Up
U.S.-grown tree fruit has been more plentiful. Government estimates show apple production up 4%, peach crops up 13% and the cherry harvest up 5% compared to a year ago.
Ag News: FDA’s Smarter Food Safety
FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response Frank Yiannas says the agency has been working on a new era of smarter food safety.
Ag News: H-2A Changes
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced significant Department of Labor changes that should modernize the burdensome H2A visa process.
Ag News: China on U.S. Soy/Pork
Trade tensions thawed slightly last week after China decided to exclude U.S. soybeans and pork from additional tariffs.
Ag News: Ranchers Tweet President
Cattle ranchers are being encouraged to set up Twitter accounts and let the President know about the growing frustration with low cattle prices.
Ag News: Real Beef Over Alt Meat
Alternative protein products may have drawn rave reviews and national headlines this year, but consumers still prefer REAL beef produced on REAL farms.
Ag News: Federal Disaster Relief Available
Producers facing losses from hurricanes, wildfires, flooding and other extreme weather can now apply for federal relief. Congress approved a disaster aid package in June.
Ag News: U.S. Pork Has Best Month
U.S. pork exports posted the best month ever in July, reaching over 233-thousand metric tons, up 32% from a year ago and topping the previous record from April 2018.
Ag News: Record Organic Production
Organic farmers will harvest a record number of acres across the U.S. this year despite the weather and trade challenges. Farmers will harvest 3.1 million acres.