Tag Archives: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Gorge blaze takes bite from toll revenue, senators say

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley want feds to recoup losses of ports in Hood River, Cascade Locks. The Eagle Creek wildfire burned up a significant slice of local ports’ operating revenue — and two Oregon lawmakers hope the federal government will make up the difference. The port districts of Cascade Locks and Hood River […]
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USDA report shows lower Northwest spud production

Potato yields and acres were down in the Northwest, resulting in a sizable production decrease. Potato production was down throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2017, driven by acreage reductions in Idaho and lower yields in Washington and Oregon, according to a Nov. 9 USDA report. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated Idaho’s 2017 potato production […]
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Trump fills 2 top fed jobs in Oregon

The tempo of Trump administration appointments in Oregon has received a long-awaited jump start, but two key top jobs remain open 10 months after the president took office. Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, was named late Friday as Rural Development state director for Oregon. Peggy Browne, of Baker City, a former vice president of the […]
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UEC lands federal loan for power lines

The Umatilla Electric Cooperative has received a $48.8 million loan from the USDA to build and improve power lines. A $48.8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Umatilla Electric Cooperative build 25 miles of new power lines, while improving another 41 miles of lines and investments in other “smart grid” […]
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Oregon lawmaker resigns in pursuit of Ag Department job

State Rep. John Huffman has resigned from the Oregon Legislature. The Republican from The Dalles told The Oregonian/OregonLive last week he was pursuing a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and wouldn’t seek re-election. But Huffman decided to leave right away, announcing his resignation in an Oct. 28 letter to Oregon Secretary of State […]
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Oregon Lawmaker On Short List For Trump Administration Job

An Oregon state representative is awaiting word from the Trump administration about whether he’ll receive a job that would require him to leave the Legislature. Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, said Thursday he’s in the running to be the head of rural development in Oregon for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Source: Oregon Lawmaker On Short List For […]
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Oregon Lawmaker On Short List For Trump Administration Job

An Oregon state representative is awaiting word from the Trump administration about whether he’ll receive a job that would require him to leave the Legislature. Source: Oregon Lawmaker On Short List For Trump Administration Job . News | OPB

Slow internet not OK for rural areas — Guest Opinion

I hold town halls in each of our state’s 36 counties to hear directly from rural and urban Oregonians on the key issues facing them. During these meetings, and traveling between them, I have heard and seen firsthand the importance of getting affordable broadband internet access, high-speed wireless broadband and strong, consistent cell service throughout […]
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Oregon hazelnut growers face small crop, lower prices

Read Oregon hazelnut growers face small crop, lower prices. Source: Oregon hazelnut growers face small crop, lower prices – Oregon – Capital Press

Cover crops gaining popularity, survey finds

More conventional row-crop farmers are diving into cover crops and seeing increased yield, better soil health, increased soil moisture and better weed control. More farmers across the nation are employing cover crops and are committing more acreage to the practice, according to a new survey by USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program and the […]
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