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Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

Expected to run hundreds of pages, the bill is set to be introduced after Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the legislation and granted anonymity to discuss it. Read more

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U.S. blueberry industry groups spar at trade hearing

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance blamed rising Latin American imports in the spring and fall, robbing farmers of lucrative early- and late-season sales. Read more


Sage grouse review done, but scant time for Trump's changes

The Trump administration has completed a review of plans to ease protections for a struggling bird species in seven western states, but there's little time to put the relaxed rules for industry into action before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Read more


Why is there a lumber shortage in the U.S.?

Many parts of the U.S. are facing lumber shortages — and experts say the problem is acute in the West after 2020's devastating wildfires. Read more


Timberland owners face challenges after 2020 fires

Timberland owners across the West are facing a hard winter as they struggle to replant millions of acres of burned trees after 2020's devastating fire season. Read more


California sets vaccine plan for agricultural workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is rolling out its COVID-19 vaccine plan, which includes details about when agricultural workers can expect… Read more


From suffering to opportunity: Former refugee empowers people to farm

African refugees have started farm businesses near Portland in recent years that are growing in popularity and profit. Read more

Nation & World


Pandemic sheds light on rural broadband necessity

A silver lining to the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic is that it’s highlighted the importance of high-speed internet in rural areas, experts say. Read more


Farm Bureau holds steady despite political shift

Despite the upcoming shift in political power at the national level, the American Farm Bureau Federation expects to remain plugged into top-level policy discussions about COVID-19 relief and other issues facing agriculture. Read more


DEA seeks dismissal of hemp lawsuit

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the agency of exceeding its authority with new… Read more

Ag Sectors


Farmworker safety program comes in under budget

A program to reimburse Oregon farmers for complying with costly COVID-19 worker protections came in well under budget for the 2020 harvest season, and state lawmakers are now considering what to do with millions of dollars of leftover funding. Read more


Mielke: More federal help on the way

Cheddar block cheese climbed to $1.9625 per pound last Monday, the highest CME price since Nov. 12, but closed Friday at $1.83, 8.75 cents … Read more


Fair time a highlight of the summer

If there is anything I look forward to every summer, it would have to be fair. From livestock shows, to concerts and fair food, and carniva… Read more


Editorial: Essential food workers will wait longer for vaccine

Last week Oregon Gov. Kate Brown decided to push teachers and school staff to the front of the COVID vaccine line, shoving farmworkers, foo… Read more

Editorial: County trying to railroad farmers

The Yamhill County Commission has again been sent back to the drawing board over its ill-conceived plan to convert about three miles of an … Read more

Commentary: Keep momentum going on trade for wheat farmers

With the United States bringing in a new administration, one of a different political party, some changes in trade policy and strategy coul… Read more

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AgForestry Leadership Class 41 Graduation

Celebrate the graduation of AgForestry Leadership Class 41. This celebration was rescheduled from i… Read more


Practical Sensory Programs for Factories and Quality Managers (online)

The appearance, flavor and texture of food are primary indicators of your customers’ purchase behav… Read more


Intentional Adulteration / Food Defense (online)

This Food Defense Course will help you mitigate the risks and hazards of intentional contamination … Read more