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Oregon’s Salinas Appointed To House Ag Committee

Washington DC

Oregon’s Salinas Appointed To House Ag Committee
On Thursday, Democratic leadership appointed Oregon representative Andrea Salinas to the House Ag Committee.   “Oregon’s sixth district stretches across hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and produces everything from wine grapes to hazelnuts, berries to dairy products, grass seed, and countless other crops that people around the globe enjoy," noted the freshman Democrat from Tigard. 
Thompson Prepares For Farm Bill Challenges

Economy and Trade

Thompson Prepares For Farm Bill Challenges
The push to get a farm bill across the finish line this year could run headlong into the partisan fight over budget cuts versus raising the government’s borrowing limit.  On Thursday, new House Ag Chair, Republican Glenn Thompson stressed that lawmakers have a deadline in front of them, since the current Farm Bill expires on September 30th of this year.  While that de...
Cushman: Lawsuit Against EPA Necessary

Washington DC

Cushman: Lawsuit Against EPA Necessary
An attorney for the American Farm Bureau Federation said a lawsuit filed by the Bureau and other farm groups against the EPA’s final ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule is needed, on top of any favorable Supreme Court ruling.  Deputy General Counsel Travis Cushman says the latest WOTUS lawsuit is needed, not just because of a possible timing gap between the Biden EPA rule effective in March and a Supreme Co
Jekanowski: Beef Weighing Down Meat Sector

Livestock and Dairy

Jekanowski: Beef Weighing Down Meat Sector
Even though U.S. production of pork, broilers and turkeys is expected to increase this year, the USDA is still reporting a decline in total meat production; and that is driven by a fairly sharp decline in beef production.  USDA Outlook Board chairman Mark Jekanowski said this could be the second year in a row of declining total U.S. meat p...
Oregon Puts Wildfire Risk Map On Hold

Drought and Water

Oregon Puts Wildfire Risk Map On Hold
The Oregon Department of Forestry was scheduled to release the next draft of the controversial Wildfire Risk Map in March, but that has been put on hold, thanks to action by state lawmakers.  Under 2021’s Senate Bill 762, ODF was charged with the creation of the map, but the first draft that was released in August proved so unpopular statewide, the Department pumped the breaks for another six mont
Proposal Looks To Expand Opportunities For Small Food Companies

Salem

Proposal Looks To Expand Opportunities For Small Food Companies
State lawmakers in Oregon are considering changes to rules governing home-based food businesses.  Bend State Senator Tim Knopp is chief sponsor of the bill he said opens up opportunities for more small food-based businesses.   “Baked goods, confectionary items, coffee beans, teas, popcorn, jams, jellies, honey, syrup, fruit butters, mixed nuts, freeze-dried foods, dried and dehydrated foods.”   Je
How Could Debt Ceiling Conversations Impact The Ag Economy?

Washington DC

How Could Debt Ceiling Conversations Impact The Ag Economy?
A debt crisis faceoff and a Farm Bill deadline are two linked challenges facing U.S. agriculture this year with predictions by one Washington D.C. Ag lobbyist that Congress will meet both challenges.  Randy Russell with food and ag policy Russell Group predicts there will be no avoiding open debate this year on the debt crisis now that the Treasury has run out of borrowing authority.   “... Read M
Focus On Fruit: 01/26/23

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Focus On Fruit: 01/26/23
The Senate failed to act on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act last year.  We asked Mark Powers with the Northwest Horticultural Council his thoughts, and if he expects to see Ag labor/immigration reform anytime soon.     If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-9791, or e-mail glenn.vaagen@townsqu...
Cattle Accounted for Largest Portion of US Animal Receipts in '21

Livestock and Dairy

Cattle Accounted for Largest Portion of US Animal Receipts in '21
U.S. farm cash receipts from animals and animal products totaled $195.8 billion in 2021, led by receipts for cattle and calves at $72.9 billion, or 37%.  USDA’s Economic Research Service reports that poultry and egg products made up the next largest share of 2021 cash receipts at $46.1 billion, or 2...

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