More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
EU Glyphosate Authorization to Appeal and Ag Research Funding
The European Union has once again declined to renew its authorization of glyphosate. Ag research is finding themselves in a communication breakdown. The outlook for corn production has been raised
Animal Welfare Standards; LMA Says New Trucking Rules Don’t Work
The new animal-welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry production is being delay. Livestock Marketing Association says the trucking rules don’t work for the livestock industry. USDA says the U.S. needs to focus trade negotiations on lowering tariffs with Japan.
Tax Reform in House and Senate and Arkansas Bans Dicamba
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has passed and its effect will lessens the impact self-employment and income taxes have on producers from its original version. Arkansas and Monsanto facing off on the Dicamba ban. China removing value added tax on distillers dried grains.
U.S. Vs Indonesian Import Dispute; India Potential for Ethanol
WTO rules in favor of the U.S. in import restrictions case. Benefit of U.S. grain export exceeds 55-Billion-dollars a year. India has big potential for ethanol.
USDA Names State Directors; Birth to Burger Program
The appointment of state directors for the Farm Service Agency and for USDA's Rural Development programs have been announced. Ag lenders are recommending further adjustments as farmers prepare for another year of tight margins. A sustainability acceleration project using RFID technology tracks…
Agriculture Chief Rolls Out State Directors for USDA, Farm Service Agency
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of state directors for the Farm Service Agency and for USDA's Rural Development programs.
Hydroponics Ban Rejected; NemaStrike Pulled From Shelves
A rejected proposal to prohibit hydroponics in organic production, disappointed growers who want organic certification restricted to crops grown in soil. Tax policy specialist says new business rates in the House Ways & Means tax bill will have the greatest impact on farmers’ taxes. Monsa…
Clovis Withdraws Name and EPA Accused of ‘Sue and Settle’
Large grain trading firms are cutting spending as a result of low commodity prices. Industry groups federal agencies give in too easily and ‘settle’ when sued by environmental groups. Sam Clovis is no longer under consideration for a USDA undersecretary position
Rural Broadband Now; Nat’l Pork Board To Improve Eating Experience
How is your pork eating experience? the National Pork Board is interested. Brazil’s second crop soybean plantings are trailing last year by about 10 percent. The rural broadband industry will be important because of the possibility of better access.
NAFTA Doubts; FDA to Revoke Soy Protein Heart Disease Claim
With the possible withdraw from NAFTA, but Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s confident of a positive outcome. Farm groups continue to express concern about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. FDA lays out the case for why the health claim should be removed from food labeling.
Bayer’s Monsanto Takeover Devalued; Perdue on Crop Insurance
Bayer has reduced the value of its pending Monsanto takeover by $2.5 billion. Crop insurance remains a top priority for farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill.
H-2C Program Clears Judiciary; Off-label Dicamba in Arkansas
The use of generic or off-label dicamba products may have been widespread in Arkansas this year. Agricultural Guestworker Act would replace the existing H-2A program with an H-2C system that allow imported workers to work year-round, but at potentially lower wage rates than now required.