Only 203 of Oregon's more than 40,000 state workers were put on leave due to the mandate, while more than 4,800 received religious or medical exemptions.
HERMISTON — Three teams of Hermiston High School FFA students are leaving next week to compete in the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
UMATILLA COUNTY — The winner of the second John F. Walchli Ag Entrepreneurs Award for 2020-2021 is Bob Coleman of Hermiston.
OREGON City, Ore. — Knowing that they are feeding people nutritious food that has been raised humanely is important to farmers Paul Chamlies and Jim Wilburn.
The legal dispute pits the enforcement of state water rights against the federal government’s obligation to operate the Klamath irrigation project in compliance with the Endangered Species Act.
Prudential Insurance Co. claims the bankrupt Easterday estate owes it more than $9 million, a demand opposing lawyers call unreasonable and if paid will come "out of the hide" of other creditors.
Dry farming is a low-input approach to farming. Some farmers draw a distinction between "dry farming" and "dryland farming," while others use the terms interchangeably.
Throughout Oregon's economy, more than 15% of sales and 20% of jobs are tied in some way to agriculture, food and fiber, according to a new analysis conducted by Oregon State University in par…
Eastern Oregon University is recruiting students for a new major in agriculture entrepreneurship to train the next generation of farm professionals.
Bill Antilla, 55, was hired Aug. 9 to manage Threemile Canyon Farms, which includes Oregon's largest dairy with 35,000 milking cows and 70,000 total cattle west of Boardman. The farm also grow…
A federal judge has stayed a lawsuit brought by an Oregon couple who’ve challenged a USDA loan forgiveness program for allegedly discriminating against white farmers.
Two farms on Thursday, Sept. 16, tried to make up for a farmers market that did not happen in Hermiston. They intend to attract others for a bigger market in following weeks.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that ranchers automatically lose the “grazing preference” for their property upon the expiration of their permit to release livestock onto feder…
ONTARIO, Ore. — On Oct. 8-9, livestock specialists and members of the cattle industry will meet in Ontario for the Pacific Northwest Stockmanship and Stewardship event.
BOARDMAN — A coalition of environmental groups is calling on Gov. Kate Brown to reject a permit application for the proposed Easterday dairy in Boardman.
Tyson Fresh Meats has gone to court to forcibly acquire the Pasco, Wash., feedlot that bankrupt cattleman Cody Easterday sold to a major competitor last year after bilking Tyson out of $233 million.
EUGENE — As the former mayor of a major American city, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh admits he faces a steep learning curve regarding farmworker regulations.
Threemile Canyon Farms has hired a new president following the unexpected death of founder and general manager Marty Myers in December 2020.
In the foothills of the Blue Mountains, just down the road from Weston, Oregon, rancher Cheryl Costner has watched as the mountain range land where her cattle feed has grown brittle and dry un…
Growers are now pushing for solutions that can help farms adapt to increasingly hot and dry conditions, while also tapping into financial incentives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to cu…
PENDLETON — Gov. Kate Brown declared Umatilla County in a drought disaster in an executive order Tuesday, June 29.
PENDLETON — The wheat harvest started early this year on Starvation Farms, named for the frequently harsh growing conditions on the 7,000-acre plot of land roughly 10 miles north of Lexington.
A bill requiring Oregon farmers to pay higher overtime wages has passed a key legislative committee, though it now includes a hefty price tag that may hinder further progress.
Farms owned by Eastern Washington cattleman Cody Easterday will be sold Thursday at an auction expected to draw bids from firms associated with Bill Gates and the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat…
Silvia Rondon was appointed director of OSU's Integrated Pest Management Center, developing research partnerships across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to help farmers improve their producti…
PENDLETON — Towering over a field at Jones & Jones Ranch outside of Pendleton, the 58-foot-long and nearly 13-foot-tall mother bin dwarfed its attached tractor during a recent field day de…
Farm groups in Oregon are pushing back against an initiative petition that would remove protections for livestock producers under the state's animal cruelty laws.
BOARDMAN — Cody Easterday is still waiting for the Oregon Department of Agriculture to approve his application, submitted in June 2019, for a Confined Animal Feeding Operation near the city of…
Wheat hovered near $8 per bushel on the Portland market this week, and experts say they aren't sure how high prices will go, or for how long.
PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners in a Tuesday, April 20, meeting moved unanimously to declare a drought disaster in the county and are asking that Gov. Kate Brown and U.S…
It’s Vilsack’s second time as chief of the USDA. He previously served eight years in the same role in the Obama administration.
KLAMATH FALLS — For the second straight year, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a drought emergency in Klamath County.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Hemp is already touted for its healthful and therapeutic benefits in humans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill that would require any U.S. meat processing facility that slaughters over 125,000 head of cattle annually to purchase 50% of its weekly volume on the open or “spot” m…
ST. LOUIS — The National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association, recognizes farmers from across the country for their efforts and exceptional results. …
Oregon ranchers hope to forestall at least some of the maximum fee hikes proposed for the state’s brand inspection program, which faces a budget shortfall.
A $47 million irrigation project expected to provide a significant boost to the Columbia Basin’s economy is now complete.
By removing four dams on the Snake River system, an Idaho congressman's concept calls for locking in remaining dams and eliminating all salmon-related litigation for 35 years. Ag leaders say t…
USDA will temporarily suspend some debt collections and foreclosures as part of the Biden administration's plan to help financially distressed farms during the pandemic.
CORVALLIS — The Oregon FFA Foundation received its largest single gift with a donation of $500,000 from Northwest Farm Credit Services to establish an “Oregon FFA Today and Tomorrow” endowment.
PORTLAND — Erin Heideman of Ione, the Oregon Wheat Growers League, Morrow County president, has been appointed to the DEQ Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) on Greenhouse Gas Emissions/Cap an…
The Umatilla County Fair may have looked a lot different this year, but area youths were still able to see rewards from their work raising an animal for the fair.
SALEM — Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their best photos of Oregon agriculture for a chance to be featured in the 2021 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.
HERMISTON — When the Umatilla County Fair’s livestock judging and Youth Livestock Auction moved online, the community’s support followed.
SALEM — Lawmakers have cut funding for Oregon State University’s agricultural experiment station, Extension service and forest research lab, though not as drastically as originally proposed.
SALEM — After several weeks of a competitive interview process, the leadership and hiring committee of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has hired a former Umatilla County resident as its new…
WASHINGTON — All 50 states have now issued warnings about mysterious, unsolicited packages of seeds that people across the nation have received in the mail in recent weeks.
FOSSIL, Ore. — Authorities are investigating the death and mutilation of yet another cow — this time, on rangeland near Fossil, Ore.
The Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System wants to hear from Northwest farmers and ranchers about how drought is affecting crops and livestock.
SALEM — Amid bills aimed at coronavirus response and police reform, legislation enacted during Oregon's recent special session also included several tax fixes for farmers.
Threemile Canyon Farms was one of three dairies nationwide recognized for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability at the ninth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. Winners were chosen in Apr…
As OCA’s leaders begin looking for Rosa’s replacement, they say his work with legislators and regulators exemplifies his value to the organization.
Northwest wheat farmers should check their fields for stripe rust, as the next two weeks will be "critical," an expert says.
HERMISTON — Oregon Gov Kate Brown has directed the distribution of approximately 1 million KN95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for farmworkers and agricultural producers.