Tag Archives: Agriculture

Manure pond deaths raise concerns about farmworker safety

Drowning and other manure accidents killed farmworkers in Idaho and at least four other states during the past three years. It was still dark the morning Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera began his shift at Sunrise Organic Dairy. It was mid-February 2016. A winter heat wave had melted snow and ice overnight, flooding part of the rural Jerome […]
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E. Oregon ag community applauds $26 million for rail transload facility

The Oregon Legislature’s recently passed transportation bill includes $26 million for a rail transload facility that will be built near Ontario in Eastern Oregon. The facility is expected to drive down freight costs considerably for agricultural and other products shipped out of the region. Eastern Oregon is on the path to landing a major rail […]
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Oregon among West states battling crop-killing insect swarms

Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads. Experts say this year could be a banner one for Mormon crickets — 3-inch-long bugs named after the Mormon pioneers […]
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Legislature taps millions for Salem area renovation projects, health insurance

New bills and appropriations from the 2017 Oregon legislative session will funnel millions of dollars into the Salem area for projects, including construction on college and university campuses, seismic retrofitting of the Center Street Bridge and expanding health insurance to all children regardless of immigration status. Source: Legislature taps millions for Salem area renovation projects, […]
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Hemp legislation died despite lack of opposition, hefty price tag

Without the bills, OSU won’t be able to provide extension services to hemp growers. Bills that aimed to bring industrial hemp into the mainstream of Oregon agriculture have died despite lacking strong opposition or a hefty price tag. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Hemp legislation died despite lack of opposition, hefty price tag

With second ‘ag gag’ law struck down, eyes turn to appeals courts

With so-called “ag gag” laws getting struck down in Idaho and Utah, the fate of such statutes is expected to be decided by federal appellate courts with jurisdiction over 15 Western states. With a second so-called “ag gag” law getting struck down, the fate of prohibitions against secret farm recordings now rests with federal appellate […]
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REAL Oregon aims to develop agricultural leaders

REAL Oregon — an acronym for resource education and agriculture leadership — is targeting participants from all sectors of the agricultural, timber and fishing industries, including farming, ranching and processing. REAL Oregon, a new effort to cultivate leaders in the state’s natural resource industries, will convene its first class this fall. Source: REAL Oregon aims […]
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Some Oregon farm bills quietly die, others quietly gain approval

Multiple controversial proposals impacting agriculture failed to gain traction despite fanfare. Many attention-grabbing farm-related bills considered during Oregon’s 2017 legislative session died quietly despite much initial fanfare. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Some Oregon farm bills quietly die, others quietly gain approval

Mormon crickets on the march in parts of Idaho

State and federal officials are reporting an uptick in Mormon cricket activity. Mormon crickets, which can devastate farm fields in short order during infestations, are on the march in parts of Idaho. Owyhee County vineyard owner Tom Elias said the harsh winter ruined about 85 percent of his wine grape crop in Marsing this year […]
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U.S. ag needs common sense regulatory reform – – Guest Opinion

Farmers and ranchers believe regulations are needed to protect public health, food safety, worker safety, environmental quality and market fairness. They also believe the regulatory system needs to be fair, transparent and faithful to the will of Congress, cost-effective and respective of freedoms. In mid-May, a Senate committee advanced its version of the Regulatory Accountability […]
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