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.
Monsanto announced Wednesday that they are no longer pursuing the current proposal for Syngenta. In a news release, Monsanto announced Syngenta said Monsanto’s enhanced proposal did not meet financial expectations. Monsanto will c
Monsanto has increased its Syngenta takeover offer. After the initial deal was rejected earlier this year, Monsanto has changed the proposal to contain a higher proportion of cash than the prior bid, which envisioned a split of 45 percent cash to 55 percent Monsanto shares. Raising the bid
The clock is ticking down to implementation of the Environmental Protection Agencies Waters of the U.S. rule. 13 states have asked for an injunction to delay the rule, set to go into effect Friday. If granted, th
A bipartisan group of senators from western states are asking the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general to investigate all aspects of a recent spill in Colorado. The senators are asking the inspector general to probe everything from the work EPA contractors were doing in the Gold King Mine before the August 5th spill to the safeguards the agency put in place to prevent other spills in the future. The senators, l
A report released this week by USDA shows 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet. The Computer Usage and Ownership report by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service shows a three percent increase in internet access since 2013. DSL remained th
USDA has announced a request for proposal to stockpile vaccine doses in preparation for another potential wave of highly pathogenic avian influenza. While the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has not approved use of a vaccine, the agency wants to ensure it is available should it be needed. The emergency s
USDA is looking into its options after a federal appeals court cleared the way for a 2012 lawsuit that was filed by an Iowa hog farmer, the Humane Society of the United States and the group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. A District Cour
The Trans-Pacific Partnership remains doable but increasingly harder as the U.S. Presidential election moves closer. Australian Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said “the last few yards are very difficult.” Robb spoke l
In a move that hasn’t happened in 40 years, fast food giant McDonalds will downsize. In the last week McDonalds announced it is planning to close 184 restaurants across the United States this year, 59 more than it is planning to open. The last time t
In a recent study by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago, A proposal by the EPA to change ethanol blending rules would significantly increase carbon emissions to the equivalent of adding nearly one million more passenger vehicles on the road
A coalition of 13 states have asked a federal judge to block the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule slated to take effect later this month. The attorney generals for eight of the 13 states filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Cour
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