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 House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Last year - 30 different states introduced 125 bills mandating labeling of biotechnology. A Cornell Busin
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found cows are protected from a parasite that causes a deadly disease - East Coast Fever - if they've previously been infected with a closely-related yet milder species of the parasite. After tracking
Just halfway through the 2014-2015 marketing year - U.S. sorghum exports to China are continuing at a record pace from last year’s record of 165-million-bushels with accumulated exports and sales of 260-million bushels so far. U.S. Grains Cou
The House Agriculture Committee approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 last week - which would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or near waters of the United States. House Ag Chair
The House Ag Committee Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a public hearing Tuesday to review the definition of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule and its impact on rural America. Subcommittee me
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the National Farmers Union convention she’s renaming the Waters of the U.S. rule the Clean Water Rule and said EPA should have done a better job of rolling out its Clean Water Rule - from calling it WOTUS instead of the Clean Water Rule - to not being more clear about what EPA was and was not proposing - to not talking to farmers and others before EPA put out the interpretive rule. McCarthy says t
There might be trouble for the TPA agreement. Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro doesn’t believe Trade Promotion Authority will pass. She says there’s been a loss of jobs and depression of wages due to prior trade agreements. DeLauro says an
Mexico and other major countries have imposed new import restrictions at the end of last week after the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found in the heart of America’s poultry region. Arkansas, Misso
The Waterways Council Inc. and more than 40 other organizations and businesses sent letters to the House and Senate Appropriations leaders stressing the importance of maintaining U.S. navigation channels and inland waterways for safe and efficient freight movement to avoid similar impacts like the West Coast port dispute. WCI is pushing
Due to warmer temperatures last month, snowpack in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada have further declined. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Hydrologist Cara McCarthy says nearly one-third of SNOTEL sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured and -- for the first time -- some snow sites were snow-free on March 1. McCarthy says t
The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute or FAPRI released its latest baseline outlook for U.S. agriculture projecting the USDA to pay out 3.9-billion dollars in ARC and PLC payments for the 2014 crop after Fiscal Year 2016 begins on October 1st this year. FAPRI projects
The U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo began last week in Shanghai, China. The tour began with an overview of the Federation’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market-access issues that impact U.S. meat exports
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