Tag Archives: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

U.S. cranberry growers to seek volume control

The Cranberry Marketing Committee has voted to petition the USDA to order production cutbacks for the 2017 and 2018 harvests. The U.S. cranberry industry will ask the USDA to order farmers and processors to cut production for the 2017 and 2018 harvests, forcing growers to take a short-term hit, but with the hope that prices […]
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Nursery tops Oregon ag commodity list

Statistics show greenhouse, nursery has overtaken cattle and calves. After falling from the top perch of Oregon agriculture for the past two years, greenhouse and nursery products have recaptured the No. 1 position among Oregon’s diverse agricultural commodities in terms of production value. Source: Nursery tops Oregon ag commodity list | Local News | heraldandnews.com

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to receive $85 million

Directors of 13 Western state ag departments lauded the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program during their annual meeting last week. But they also had concerns over some of the new recording requirements to track how projects perform. The USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, lauded by many as a huge benefit to agriculture, is […]
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Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday. The number of commercial U.S. honeybee colonies rose 3 […]
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Oregon sees improved wheat yields

PENDLETON — Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters passed slowly in the distance. This is the second year that Bracher, 13, has worked wheat harvest at the family farm north of […]
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Tour touts benefits of keeping USDA grants

A tour highlights how farms used USDA grants that the White House argues should be eliminated. A farm tour in northwest Washington Monday showcased the rippling economic gains from USDA grants, which the White House says the government shouldn’t be handing out. The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, which helps farms apply for grants, organized stops […]
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USDA: Pollinator forage stable, but quality declined in key areas

Forage quality for U.S. pollinators largely remained stable over a 30-year period, but declines in key areas could spell trouble for honey bees, USDA researchers found. More than a third of food crops require pollination, so recent health problems seen among honey bees and native pollinators are concerning for farmers. Source: USDA: Pollinator forage stable, […]
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Washington AG targets chemical ‘incredibly important’ to farmers

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined a handful of East Coast states in a lawsuit to ban the widely used insecticide chlorpyrifos. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined the fight to ban the country’s most widely used insecticide, a chemical the USDA said has successfully warded off unpredictable pests for more than 50 […]
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US schools rethink meal-debt policies that humiliate kids

US schools rethink meal-debt policies that humiliate kids. Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide. “The cash register woman says to this 4-year-old girl, verbatim, ‘You have no money,’” said Holt, describing the incident last […]
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Hard choices loom as farms exit Conservation Reserve Program

Umatilla and Morrow county wheat farmers are facing serious questions as land is set to expire from CRP. It was about a year ago when Pendleton farmer Henry Lorenzen learned, much to his surprise and disappointment, that a portion of his land would not be re-enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program. Source: Hard choices […]
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