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(THE CONVERSATION) The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines bioengineered food as food that “contains detectable genetic material that has been modified through certain lab techniques that c…

Time was, most business on the farm was done with a handshake. When someone promised to do something, his, or her, word was enough to seal the deal.

HB 1838 asks Washingtonians to save fish habitat at the expense of rural communities. The bill proposes an expansion of riparian mitigation areas from their current range of 50 to 100 feet fro…

School teachers like to see their students alert, attentive and engaged, so when some of the students start to get drowsy, the teacher (hopefully) knows that it’s not due to a boring lesson or…

Common sense isn’t so common these days. I read all of the opinions on dam removal and the great cost it would impose on the taxpayer.

The good people of Idaho are embarking on an effort to “protect” farmland. They want to stop — or at least limit — the conversion of farmland to other uses such as housing and commercial devel…

COVID-19 has reached endemic stage, which means it will be with us in one form or another for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, there appears no end to the exercise of unfettered “emergen…

Pacific Northwest FFA members and their legions of supporters are bursting with pride these days. At the recent national convention in Indianapolis, two of them were selected to be national officers.

The current UN climate change summit (COP 26) is designed to lower carbon emissions from fossil fuels. The two largest polluters, the leaders of China and Russian, are not attending. China is …

In Oregon, the deadline for state workers to be fully vaccinated has passed. Gov. Kate Brown imposed the mandate in an attempt to increase the number of Oregonians who are fully vaccinated. Un…

With hunting season underway, a familiar challenge unfolds. Hunters seek publicly managed wildlife, but much of the prime habitat is owned by private landowners. While most landowners aren’t o…

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed adding over 4,700 miles of waterways to the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers System in Oregon. With half-mile no-touch buffers, the “Rivers Democracy Act” will a…

It’s time to put to rest the myth that foreign guestworkers take away farm jobs from Americans and others who are in the country legally.

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