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Simplot names Lofto as its new CEO

- Garrett Lofto, a 26-year employee of the J.R. Simplot Co., has been promoted to company president and CEO.

Deck Family Farm to sell pork through craft meat distributor

- Deck Family Farm, of Junction City, Ore., has started selling pasture-raised pork to Crowd Cow, a craft meat supplier based in Seattle that crowd-funds animals one at a time from small, independent farms.

Longtime Portland dairy restructures its operations

- Sunshine Dairy, a longtime Portland dairy producer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to sell a portion of its business operations to cross-city competitor Alpenrose Dairy.

Oregon town fights back against invading Mormon crickets

- Residents in and around Arlington, Ore., are working together to prevent another Mormon cricket invasion like last year.

OSU agronomist bullish on potential of biochar

- Stephen Machado, a professor and agronomist for Oregon State University Extension Service, wants to expand his biochar trials and is working with a new nonprofit dedicated to building a market for the carbon-rich material.

ODA-led trade mission heads to China

- Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will lead a trade mission to China from May 12-17 in Shanghai.

Lower John Day Working Group receives state partnership award

- The Lower John Day Working Group, one of four pilot projects for place-based water resources planning, has received a Partnership Award from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

Farmers in many parts of Oregon brace for low water year

- A wetter-than-usual April was not enough to improve the water supply outlook for Oregon heading into summer.

Western Innovator: Improving soil health in arid E. Oregon

- Bill Jepsen has farmed dryland wheat south of Ione, Ore., since 1991, and is a local leader in no-till practices and soil health.

Oregon cherries withstand February freeze

- Mother Nature gave growers quite the scare in February, as mild weather had orchards budding several weeks ahead of schedule. By month’s end, temperatures had fallen into the 20s.

Local natural resource policy encourages federal coordination

- Karen Budd-Falen, a land use attorney from Wyoming, and Crook County Judge Seth Crawford discussed the process of coordination with federal agencies at the 2018 OCA Midyear Event.

GOP candidates rally ranchers for support

- Two Republican gubernatorial candidates and members of the Legislature made a campaign stop at the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Midyear Event to rally ranchers for support.

OCA Midyear Event kicks off with legislative updates

- Public Lands Council lobbyist says the West has become a “laboratory for bad federal policy.”

Judge upholds Klamath River injunction

- Judge William Orrick has denied a request by Klamath Basin irrigators to suspend a court injunction that is holding up the irrigation season for farmers and ranchers.

PacifiCorp transfers water to charge Klamath Project

- PacifiCorp agreed to transfer 10,500 acre-feet of water to the Bureau of Reclamation to help jump-start the project heading into a drought year.