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No one can question the wonder of a pod of orcas — killer whales — barreling through the ocean, their dorsal fins slicing through the water’s surface. Time and again they surface, then submerg…

We take exception to comments made by Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat who represents Oregon’s 4th District, in defense of keeping federal protections on wolves. He called the bill “a talking po…

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The subject of food always sparks a lively conversation these days. Everyone seems to have a unique perspective on what’s right — and wrong — with our food. No matter how food is produced, som…

You have to hand it to the makers of “milk” made from soybeans, almonds, hemp and other non-dairy crops. It was a stroke of genius to label their products in a way that would cause consumers t…

Last June 9, as participants in the Rose Festival Parade lined up in downtown Portland, a truck drew most of the attention. It wasn’t just any truck; it was the Big Idaho Potato Truck, a 72-fo…

We’d like to take a moment to wish Barry Bushue well in his new position as Oregon state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.

Judging by the knee-jerk reaction of some environmentalists, the Trump administration has chosen well in Karen Budd-Falen, its new deputy solicitor for fish, wildlife and parks within the Depa…

Klamath Basin irrigators got a little help last week from Congress — $10 million tucked into a $6 billion bill to improve the nation’s ports, dams, harbors and other infrastructure.

Klamath Basin irrigators got a little help last week from Congress — $10 million tucked into a $6 billion bill to improve the nation’s ports, dams, harbors and other infrastructure.

‘Neonic” is a word that sets off alarm bells among the anti-pesticide crowd, most of whom oppose the chemicals that farmers and ranchers need to protect their crops and livestock.

The past week marked three major breakthroughs for the Trump administration — and for the U.S. farmers who depend on trade relationships with Pacific Rim nations.

No matter where you stand on the unionization of farmworkers, you would have to agree that the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board did a disservice to Gerawan Farms and the United Fa…

Two quotes stood out in last week’s story about an H-2A guestworker we featured on the front page. One was “I do it because we need the money.”

Finding enough workers for the busy season is a challenge for many farms, which try everything from recruiting local workers to hiring H-2A visa workers from overseas.

It must have been the first time a head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ever visited a feedlot in Central Oregon — or anywhere else, for that matter.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders have a well-earned reputation for their unique and sometimes bizarre interpretations of how a federal agency should operate.

Since it was passed in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has been all but untouchable by members of Congress, who consider amendments to the law with the same trepidation they would if they wer…

The sight of President Donald Trump making nice with Kim Jong Un, a sworn enemy of the U.S. who has threatened to nuke our nation along with Japan and South Korea, provided a jolting contrast …

A ballot initiative to carve California into three states reminds us of another idea that surfaced three years ago in eastern Oregon and Washington. It would make those largely rural regions a…

The concept of wild horses running as free as the wind across the open spaces of the West is admittedly appealing. The horses, which over the centuries have become a part of the Western landsc…

Food Producers of Idaho can best be described as lightning in a bottle. While groups in many states endeavor to “tell ag’s story,” in Idaho the Food Producers provide the message writ large.

With the start of the baseball season, it’s time to take a swing at the recently passed Omnibus Spending Bill with the help of our collection of metaphors related to the national pastime.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the Trump administration is quietly talking with China in an attempt to work out differences and dial down trade tensions.

President Trump has been busy in recent months fulfilling campaign promises on trade, which might be a good thing for farmers and ranchers if he were fulfilling all of his promises on trade.

The streaked horned lark is a breed apart. It likes airports. In fact, the largest known breeding population is at the Corvallis, Ore., airport, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

Since its passage in 1986, California Proposition 65 has been a prime example of why voter-passed initiatives are, more often than not, half-baked, useless and misdirected. Instead of building…

In an interview last week with the Daily Signal, a conservative website operated by the Heritage Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt said the “weaponization” of t…

Most U.S. farms are small by one definition or another. A 100-acre apple orchard in central Washington can be described as small, and so can a 500-acre corn-and-soybean farm in southern Minnesota.

A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen say the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management should move out of Washington, D.C., and relocate in the West where the agency manages 385…