Over thirty years ago we began producing daily radio news casts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
Several farm and consumer groups are seeking to derail the proposed deal Monsanto has offered to Syngenta as a possible merger/takeover. Ag Professional reports coalitions of opponents are being formed and market analysis are being conducted. It comes though
Following what the L.A. Times called a disappointing round of talks in Hawaii, negotiators for the 12 nations included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are still hoping to wrap the trade deal up sometime this month. It's almost cer
Iteris, Inc. , a leader in providing information solutions to the transportation and agriculture markets, has entered into an agreement to provide custom weather and soil data to localize growth and disease models for growers via Iteris' precision farming data delivery platform, ClearAg™. Users will gain
Direct from the pages of the Idaho Statesman: “A federal judge ruled last week that an Idaho law making it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities violates the right to free speech.The effect of th
USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon, Colorado and Washington of the fast approaching 2016 sales closing deadlines for federal crop insurance programs. Producers need to buy, review, or modify their crop insurance policies for most fall-planted crops with winter coverage before the sales closing date of September 30 has passed.
Farm groups are disappointed that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund's authorization through Oct. 29, the second
Scientists with the US Department of Agriculture have found the bacterium that causes E.coli in humans, is more likely to contaminate lettuce when downy mildew is already present. Microbiologist Maria Brandl has been investigating why so many E. coli outbreaks
Beef producers from several countries are calling for a high-quality market access deal on beef to be secured at the TPP ministerial meeting in Hawaii this week. The Five Nations Beef Alliance says after five years of negotiations, the TPP must not be allowed to drift or lose momentum. The FNBA has co
Six companies are facing fines for selling fruits and vegetables imported from Mexico, China, Thailand, and Taiwan that were tainted with pesticides that are banned in the UC. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation says the companies were importing and selling produce to stores that primarily cater to California’s ethnic communities, and that the companies were given ample opportunities to change their methods but chose not to do so. The companies a
Trans-Pacific Partnership talks kick off today in Hawaii, in what could be the final round of negotiations ahead of finalizing a trade-pact. The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. The TPP trade d
A bill that would make GMO labeling voluntary passed the U.S. House last Thursday. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would require developers of genetically engineered plants to obtain FDA safety clearance on all new plant varieties before those foods are introduced into commerce; uphold FDA’s authority to specify special labeling if it finds a health or safety risk is posed by such a variety; create a legal framework governing the use of label claims regarding either the absence or presence of GMOs in a food product and require the FDA to define the term ‘natural’ on food labels.
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