January 29, 2021 - USDA Provides Clarity in Final Hemp Rule

By American Farm Bureau Federation, The Department of Agriculture recently published a final rule clarifying regulations for U.S. hemp production. Micheal Clements shares how changes to the rule will benefit hemp producers along with Scott Bennett Director, Congressional Relations. Clements: The final hemp production rule issued by USDA will ease […]

January 27, 2021 - One of Trump’s final acts was renewing grazing rights to Hammonds

By Oregon Family Farm Association, Ranchers whose battle with the federal government over grazing rights received a parting gift from the Trump administration. During its final days in office, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to issue a 10-year grazing permit to Dwight and Steven […]

January 25, 2021 - Early Ag bills of the 2021 Session

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter The 2021 Legislative Session is off to a start – a slow and bumpy one. This week the Legislature delayed its opening for two days to avoid any security concerns in the State Capitol during the Presidential inauguration. Once work started Thursday, the state’s […]

January 20, 2021 - Beekeepers try to recover from wildfires

By Ag Alert Californian Farm Bureau, Beekeepers who suffered losses from a lightning-sparked wildfire last summer say they have a few surviving honeybee colonies, and look forward to spring when they can build more hives for almond pollination a year from now. “I lost my 2021 pollination season due to […]

January 18, 2021 - Oregon legislative Session begins

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter, The 2021 Legislative Session commenced last week. Members were sworn in and the chambers introduced over 1,800 bills total. Leadership is already pushing back the beginning of virtual committee hearings next week due to Capitol building security concerns. Expect the theme of the first […]

January 15, 2021 - American Farm Bureau agenda for 2021

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention today adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2021. Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. For the first time in AFBF history, delegates met and voted virtually […]

January 11, 2021 - The winning ranch photo

Grand Prize Photo Contest Winner.Photo/Hannah Gill By California Farm Bureau, The wife of a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Tulare County earned the Grand Prize in the 39th annual California Farm Bureau Photo Contest. Hannah Gill of Exeter won $1,000 for a photo of her 2-year-old daughter peering through a fence […]

January 8, 2021 - 2021 forecast looks good for farmers

American Farm Bureau Federation Transcript The farm economy outlook is improving thanks to trade, COVID-19 relief, and a market rally. Micheal Clements shares specifics on the improving conditions from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Clements: The new year is bringing some optimism for the farm economy, thanks to multiple factors. […]

January 6, 2021 - Oregon now manages gray wolves after Feds de-list

By Oregon Fish & Wildlife, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally removed most gray wolves in the lower 48 from the Endangered Species List, which turns management over to state fish and wildlife agencies including ODFW. In Oregon, wolves west of Highways 395-78-95 had remained on the federal ESA […]

January 4, 2021 - Logger relief program

By Associated Oregon Loggers, Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020 Saturday December 27, 2020 President Trump signed into law the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020. Within the act there is a special program that was championed by the American Loggers Council (ALC) (AOL is a founding member), that established […]