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Courtesy of Capital Press -
The U.S. Senate voted on Dec. 21 to confirm Alexis Taylor, former Oregon Department of Agriculture Director, as USDA's new top agricultural trade official. Read more

Courtesy of Idaho Governor’s office -
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Chanel Tewalt as the new director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA).

Tewalt replaces Celia Gould, who is retiring after 16 years of dedicated service to the State of Idaho as ISDA director.

Gould, a Twin Fall native, is a third-generation owner and operator of a cattle ranch in Buhl. Before becoming the first female director of ISDA, Gould served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 16 years, from 1996 to 2002. Gould's leadership of the ISDA is highlighted through her organization of several international trade missions, steering the department and agriculture industry through the recession, and increasing Idaho's agricultural exports from $1.2 billion in 2007 to nearly $2.7 billion in 2021. Read full press release…


Courtesy of Michael Best Strategies -
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that the process for a proposed rule was underway, starting with a public comment period. This broad action impacts employers’ relationships with various types of workers, whether paid or unpaid. The FTC estimated that implementation of the new rule could increase earnings for workers in the United States by almost $300 billion per year. 
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Press release from FTC detailing the proposed rule
Details included in the proposed rule


Boardman Foods Recognized for Innovative Child Care & Education Program

Oregon Business & Industry recently recognized Boardman Foods as a manufacturing leader in child care and education services for employees as well as residents of Morrow County. Read the entire article at the OBI website here…


Inslee to Propose 'New Ways' to Site Energy Projects

Via Capital Press -
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, outlining his climate agenda for the 2023 legislative session, said Dec. 12 he will propose “new ways” to push through energy-related projects more rapidly.

Inslee, who last month decried “nimbyism” as a threat to decarbonizing the economy, said state laws for approving transmission lines and manufacturing plants that support renewable energy are obsolete. Read the full article here…

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