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Oak Lace Bug Damage More Noticeable In 2022

Forest and Timber

Oak Lace Bug Damage More Noticeable In 2022
A non-native bug is damaging “white oak” trees around Oregon.  State Department of Forestry’s Christine Buhl said the oak lace bug has been here since 2015, but this year, things are looking especially bad.   “It is an aesthetic pest that can make oaks look pretty bad, and so that’s a concern for the typical homeowner, even though it’s not killing the trees. But, the larger concern is always that
Tester Takes Issue With Potential SEC Rule

Washington DC

Tester Takes Issue With Potential SEC Rule
Montana Senator Jon Tester pushed the leader of the Securities and Exchange Commission to avoid taking action on its proposed Climate Rule that could potentially hurt American farmers.  Tester said he’s concerned that action would lead to burdensome reporting requirements for family farmers and ranchers who are part of the supply chain for a publicly-traded company as part of the agency’s proposed
Woodall: Administration Understands The Role We Play In Security

Livestock and Dairy

Woodall: Administration Understands The Role We Play In Security
President Joe Biden recently signed a National Security Memorandum to Strengthen the Security and Resilience of U.S. Food and Agriculture.  Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said the memorandum instructs government officials to identify threats to American food and agriculture and respond appropriately.   “What ...
Torres Small Addresses Rural Broadband Complaints

Washington DC

Torres Small Addresses Rural Broadband Complaints
USDA’s Rural Development undersecretary faced numerous complaints from rural U.S. Senators about complicated grant applications, office staffing, and broadband grant duplication at a recent Farm Bill hearing.  Xochitl Torres Small defended her agency’s handling of its many functions, calling most criticisms the result of having to balance costs and fairness.  But she did agree t...
Milk Producers Ask for Support of Domestic Formula Production

Livestock and Dairy

Milk Producers Ask for Support of Domestic Formula Production
The National Milk Producers Federation sent a letter to lawmakers, including Oregon's Ron Wyden, asking for support of domestic infant formula production as the shortfalls that emptied store shelves of formula have eased.  NMPF said given the improving situation, tariff waivers that could discourage the production of a safe, secure domestic infant formula supply should be allowed to expire at the
Beef Advocacy Program Wants New Applicants

Livestock and Dairy

Beef Advocacy Program Wants New Applicants
The Beef Checkoff-funded Trailblazers program is asking for applications for its next class of beef advocates.  Trailblazers, developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, takes advocacy to the next level by giving participants the tools and training they need to promote beef to new audiences while correcting misconceptions.   “...
Oil Prices Fall Amid Economic, Demand Concerns

Economy and Trade

Oil Prices Fall Amid Economic, Demand Concerns
"Oil prices this morning have plummeted down to about $75 a barrel the lowest level since Russia's invasion of Ukraine back in February that has pushed gasoline and diesel prices down," said Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy.  He added fuel prices have tumbled considerably over the past couple of weeks, resulting in relief at the local station.  He said ther...
Helping Veterans Find New Careers

In The Classroom

Helping Veterans Find New Careers
John Deere recently announced an agreement with the U.S. Army Reserve to help service members and their families access career opportunities while transferring to civilian life.  The agreement allows Deere to provide active-duty soldiers transitioning to the Army Reserves with meaningful education and skills that will make them top candidates for future employment.  Deere s...

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