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Newhouse Rolls Out ‘Protect Farmers From The SEC Act’

Economy and Trade

Newhouse Rolls Out ‘Protect Farmers From The SEC Act’
On Thursday, alongside more than 80 of his House colleagues, Congressman Dan Newhouse introduced the Protect Farmers from the SEC Act.   Newhouse said the legislation is in direct response to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed climate disclosure rule, “The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors”, a rule he says would effectively force publi
Bird Flu Confirmed In Oregon’s Douglas County

Livestock and Dairy

Bird Flu Confirmed In Oregon’s Douglas County
On Friday, the USDA confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza in a non-commercial flock in Oregon’s Douglas County.  The flock included approximately 25 birds, a mix of chickens, ducks, and geese.  According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the flock owners did not sell eggs or other poultry products from their property therefore federal guidelines do not require a quarantine.   ODA in p
PNW Canola Trying To Bounce Back After Challenging Weather Years

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PNW Canola Trying To Bounce Back After Challenging Weather Years
The canola crop in the Northwest is making a comeback after last year's drought.  PNW Canola reports 2022 yields were up from the previous drought year, but still lower than average.  It's not clear at this point why the crop is making a sluggish recovery, or whether it's a long-term impact from the two-year drought.  This past summer ...
Co Axium Available For Growers Looking To Address Weed Management

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Co Axium Available For Growers Looking To Address Weed Management
When it comes to robbing wheat growers of their yields, many things are out of the control of the producer, whether that’s rainfall, summertime heat, etc.  But one thing growers can control is their weed management.  In an effort to help wheat growers across the PNW, Limagrain Cereal Seeds has introduced Co Axium Soft White.  Mike Klicker with Limag...
Smithfield to Pay $75 Million to Settle Price-Fixing Suit

Livestock and Dairy

Smithfield to Pay $75 Million to Settle Price-Fixing Suit
Smithfield Foods has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a price-fixing lawsuit.  Reuters said consumers accused the meat producer and several competitors of conspiring to inflate prices in the U.S. pork market by limiting supply.   Smithfield spokesman Jim Monroe said the company denied liability in settling, and that the accord reduces the distraction, risk, and cost of protracted litigation.  “
COVID Continues To Linger In Rural America

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COVID Continues To Linger In Rural America
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to linger even as society and rural communities are ready to move on.  Dr. Michael Stevens, West Virginia University System Health Care Epidemiologist, Morgantown, West Virginia, said rural communities have seen disproportionate levels of COVID   “Rural communities have been disproportionately affected and impacted by the pandemic in terms of having more severe COVI
Zuzolo Encouraged About the Future Of Wheat

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Zuzolo Encouraged About the Future Of Wheat
There’s a long way to go, but commodity markets are watching U.S. harvest results.   “Early yield reports I’m getting, coupled with the cash basis, is the market, and I are both thinking that USDA has got a low enough yield in these corn and bean numbers at this point," said Mike Zuzolo, founder and president of Global Commodity Analytics.  "And with export dem...
USDA to Invest $8 Million to Expand Monitoring of Soil Carbon

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USDA to Invest $8 Million to Expand Monitoring of Soil Carbon
The Department of Agriculture plans to invest $8 million to support and expand carbon monitoring in soils.  The investment also supports the assessment of how climate-smart practices affect carbon sequestration.  The investment is part of USDA's efforts to build out a national soil carbon monitoring network, which was kicked off with soil carbon monitoring on Conservation Reserve Program acres in
Proposal Looks To Ban Foreign Individuals from U.S. Farm Credit

Economy and Trade

Proposal Looks To Ban Foreign Individuals from U.S. Farm Credit
Senators Chuck Grassley and Sherrod Brown introduced legislation this week to prevent foreign individuals from obtaining credit and financial services through the Farm Credit System.  The Iowa Republican and Ohio Democrat content that currently, certain foreign individuals and entities are eligible to receive credit through this government-sponsored enterprise.   ...
Newhouse Remains Optimistic That FWMA Will Pass

Economy and Trade

Newhouse Remains Optimistic That FWMA Will Pass
Time may be running short, but Dan Newhouse remains optimistic that the Senate will address ag labor needs via his Farm Workforce Modernization Act.  The legislation which already cleared the House, has stalled in the Senate.  And while the window for the 117th Congress is starting to close, the Chair of the Western Caucus believes lawmakers can act in the coming months.    “We have ...

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