For a number of years, a poplar tree farm that stretches some six miles along I-84 near the town of Boardman served as a landmark of sorts for passing motorists. The trees are drip-irrigated with water from the Columbia River, and the fast-growing hardwood provided raw material for one of the most prolific hardwood mills in North America. During the course of the rapid growth of the trees, they also served as an effective carbon sink; one of many tools needed to Fight Global Warming™.
But the tree farm's been sold to an outfit that intends to convert the site into a dairy (methane!) while growing potatoes and onions on other parts of the land. With no hardwood from the farm, the mill's shutting down and putting 67 people out of work; there are an abundance of trees in the Pacific Northwest, but they're all softwood. And so, economically depressed Boardman loses several dozen jobs that they can ill afford to lose.
And it's not as though we need another dairy; milk's cheaper than gasoline, these days. It seems reasonable to conclude that this development boils down to one thing: long-standing federal subsidies delivered to the dairy industry.