Oregon Wheat Industry supports U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

PORTLAND — The Oregon Wheat Commission and the Oregon Wheat Growers League in a Jan. 17 press release applauded the U.S. Senate for passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. According to the release, the strong bipartisan 89-10 Senate vote to approve USMCA is a testament to the good work done by President Trump, the U.S. Trade Representative, members of Congress, Canada and Mexico to negotiate the agreement.

Oregon Wheat CEO, Blake Rowe, noted that “trade deals like this should help the price of wheat for growers in Oregon and across the country. We think this agreement sets a pattern for future trade agreements and sends a signal that the U.S. can get trade agreements completed and approved in a timely manner.”

USMCA retains tariff-free access to imported U.S. wheat for those long-time flour milling customers in Mexico, a crucial step toward rebuilding trust in the U.S. as a reliable supplier in this important, neighboring market, the release stated, adding that other measures that benefit the wheat industry include the agreement’s language around agricultural biotechnology, which supports 21st century innovations in agriculture.

BLM takes steps to improve administration of grazing regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to consider proposed revisions to the agency’s grazing regulations. The BLM currently manages livestock grazing on 155 million of the 245 million acres of public land and administers nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases.

“Administration of sustainable livestock grazing on public lands is a key part of the Bureau of Land Management’s multiple-use mission. We continue to seek ways to improve and streamline the grazing permit process to achieve greater efficiencies and service to permittees,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management Casey B. Hammond in a press release. “This rulemaking effort is designed to strengthen and improve our administration of grazing permits across the West, and we welcome public and stakeholder ideas and perspectives.”

The proposed revisions will update, modernize and streamline the grazing regulations and provide greater flexibility for land and resource management. By publishing this Notice of Intent, the BLM is informing the public about the proposed revisions and how interested parties can provide input. Comments on the proposed regulation revisions may be submitted in writing until Feb. 28. Meeting information, announcements, instructions on how to provide comments, and pertinent documents can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xyMqb. For more information, contact Seth Flanigan, BLM Project Manager, at 208-384-3450 or sflanigan@blm.gov.

Union County FSA reminds producers to enroll in USDA safety net programs

LA GRANDE — The Union County Farm Service Agency office encourages agricultural producers in Northeast Oregon to enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs — two U.S. Department of Agriculture safety net programs — for the 2019 and 2020 crop year.

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