Newhouse: Mysterious Seed Packages Can’t Be Taken Lightly

It’s a mystery that has confused the agricultural and non-ag world alike. Last week, several packages containing seeds were delivered to Americans, from locations in China. While the seeds have been the focus of some lighthearted humor from time to time, the farming community is asking anyone who receives these seeds to properly handle them. […]

AFBF: HEALS Act Would Provide Much Needed Relief For Struggling Farm Economy

Earlier this week, the Senate rolled out the Health Economic Assistance Liability Protection and Schools Act, better known as the HEALS Act. The proposal includes an additional $20 billion in relief funds for agriculture. Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, said the funding expands much-needed relief across agriculture. “There’s not a lot […]

Wolf Depredation Confirmed In NE Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed another depredation in Wallowa County, the second in less than a week. Crews were called to a dead, four-month on calf found in a large, timbered Forest Service pasture Monday. When ODFW arrived, the calf was intact with little scavenging. Investigators reported multiple large tooth scrapes […]

The McGregor Company Receives ResponsibleAg Certification

Congratulations to Colfax-based McGregor Company, recently honored with the ResponsibleAg certification. The certification recognizes specifically McGregor’s retail branches Clarkston and Garfield, in Washington, and Lewiston and Twin Falls in Idaho. The ResponsibleAg Certification recognizes facilities that implement industry-leading safety and security measure, and make the safety of that facilities a top priority. McGregor said they […]

Legislation Would Incentivize Public Schools to Work With Farmers

Proposed legislation in D.C. looks to encourage public schools to work for the Ag community. The Small Farm to School Act seeks to create a pilot program to incentivize public schools to work closely with local farmers. The bill was introduced this week by Representatives Antonio Delgado, a New York Democrat, and Jim Sensenbrenner, a […]

NASDA: Senate Coronavirus Aid Falls Short for Agriculture

Negotiations to finalize the next coronavirus relief package in Congress are far from the finish line, and so is aid for agriculture, according to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The Senate Republican proposal includes a second round of $1,200 stimulus payments for individuals, extends additional unemployment payments by $200 a week through […]

Western U.S. Continues To Report Some Of The Dries Soil Conditions

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said topsoils nationwide are still trying to recover from late spring and early summer dryness. He noted only a handful of states have reported notable improvement. “Lead by North Dakota and Minnesota both at 18% surplus. The bigger storage continues to be pockets of dryness particularly across the western half of […]

Lawsuit Challenges NEPA Rewrite

A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the Trump administration rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. The Environmental Defense Fund, along with other organizations, call the rewrite an “attack” on Americans. Leading the legal challenge, an attorney at the environmental group Earth Justice, said, “They want to make it easier to silence […]