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.
Trump’s First Year Review; School Meal Flexibility Rule
The nation’s farm groups appear to have mixed feelings on President Trump. Livestock farmers have been granted a two-month reprieve in reporting air emissions. USDA’s commitment to work with program operators, school nutrition professionals to ensure school nutrition standards are bot…
China Boosts U.S. Corn Imports; Good Time for Farm Bill Negotiations
China stepping up more corn purchases as buyers seek out cheap imports. Biofuel industry is split on the blend of biofuel in the gasoline and diesel supplies.
Germany Key Glyphosate Vote and Beginning Farmers & USDA
The food service industry in the Caribbean is looking to rebound from an exceptionally harsh hurricane season. Germany provided the key swing vote in the European Union’s approval of glyphosate for another five years. Going small programs fitting the needs of young farmers, who usually have s…
Canada’s U.S. Dairy Dependency; Wheat Acreage Down
NAFTA talks, Canada looks less dependent on U.S. diary imports. The wheat market could see improvement. A change to how the Renewable Fuel Standard is run.
GMO Education; U.S. Beef Exports to China Growing
Pesticide registrations designed to ensure the chemicals do not harm endangered species. FDA and USDA to come up with an education and outreach plan on agricultural biotechnology.
Interest Grows in U.S. Crop Insurance; Brazil Food Safety
Foreign countries take notes on how the US handles crop insurance. A USDA audit of Brazil’s food safety revealed concerns about meat exported from that country.
Perdue Resumes Reorganization; GOP Passes House Tax Bill
Reorganization of the Codex Alimentarius program in USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service be moved to the Office of the Undersecretary for Trade and Ag Affairs. Arkansas Plant Board has decided that ALL dicamba products should be banned as of April 15th. Tax bill through the House last wee…
Gen Z Value Driven; RFS Contributes to Climate Change
Consumers' brand loyalty at agriculture shows has been wavering. About 140 regulations as “possible options” for revision or repeal. A report states that the Federal Fuel Standard is contributing to the climate change.
TPP Near Ratification; Call for NAFTA Renegotiations
Remaining 11 countries appear to be on the verge of ratifying the massive trade pact without the U.S.. Economic development leaders asking for support to modernize NAFTA agreement.
EU Glyphosate Authorization to Appeal and Ag Research Funding
The European Union has once again declined to renew its authorization of glyphosate. Ag research is finding themselves in a communication breakdown. The outlook for corn production has been raised
Animal Welfare Standards; LMA Says New Trucking Rules Don’t Work
The new animal-welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry production is being delay. Livestock Marketing Association says the trucking rules don’t work for the livestock industry. USDA says the U.S. needs to focus trade negotiations on lowering tariffs with Japan.
Tax Reform in House and Senate and Arkansas Bans Dicamba
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has passed and its effect will lessens the impact self-employment and income taxes have on producers from its original version. Arkansas and Monsanto facing off on the Dicamba ban. China removing value added tax on distillers dried grains.