Tag Archives: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

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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US expands review of cyanide predator traps after boy hurt

U.S. officials are launching an expanded review of predator-killing cyanide traps and additional guidelines for workers deploying the devices after one sickened a young boy in Idaho and killed his dog. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday the review should be finished this fall and workers, meanwhile, will follow interim guidelines issued in a […]
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How Trump’s budget proposal would impact USDA

Budget cuts proposed for USDA, the largest of which is in nutrition assistance. President Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate the federal deficit over the next 10 years would mean big budget cuts for USDA, including a $275 billion reduction in funding for farm bill programs, rural development, inspection and marketing services and nutrition assistance over […]
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Heading into summer, Oregon’s water supply outlook holding steady

The heavy winter snow and cold, rainy spring combined to rout the drought. Oregon heads into the summer showing no sign of drought for the first time since 2011, according to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The agency’s monthly water outlook report for June said the state will have adequate water for irrigation and […]
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Ag, Interior secretaries vow to partner with states, communities

During a joint visit to Idaho June 2, the Agriculture and Interior secretaries vowed that the agencies would work closer together and partner with states and local communities on land management and other issues. The two federal agencies plan to work closer together — and want to work closely as partners with states and communities, […]
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Central Oregon lawmaker angling for Trump appointment to Dept. of Agriculture

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, confirmed Friday that he is seeking a Trump administration appointment to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development office in Oregon. Source: Central Oregon lawmaker angling for Trump appointment to Dept. of Agriculture | OregonLive.com

Farmers know the benefits of trade — Guest Opinion

This realignment will help me, as agriculture secretary, to be an unapologetic advocate for American products. My message for farmers is simple: “You grow it and we’ll sell it.” Since I was a boy — born into a farming family in Bonaire, Ga. — I’ve had agriculture running through my veins. The goal of any […]
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Sheep research station on USDA chopping block, again

The beleaguered research station, the only USDA-ARS research facility dedicated to the sheep industry, is being threatened with closure for the third time since 2014. The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station at Dubois, Idaho, is one of 17 ARS laboratories slated for closure under President Trump’s Department of Agriculture FY 2018 budget proposal. Source: Sheep research […]
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Trump’s budget would cut Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Funding for USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program would be eliminated under the president’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. A group that represents the nation’s specialty crop growers believes there is enough support in Congress for the program to keep it funded. Source: Capital Press

Trump budget slashes farm bill funding

USDA Secretary Purdue says there’s no sugarcoating the agency’s reduced budget but USDA will show it can do more with less and continue to serve agriculture and rural America. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will have less money to work with in the year ahead than his predecessor and is facing a future of further budget […]
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