Perdue: FSA Offices Will Open For Three Day Window

The USDA announced Wednesday it will reopen some FSA offices around the nation to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers.  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said unfortunately they won’t be able to reopen to normal operations.   “We will call back about 2,500 FSA employees to serve our customer’s needs.  That’s going to be in […]

Witt: Wines Expected To Enjoy Growth, Cherries Could Struggle

Today for your Northwest Farm Credit Services 4th quarter snapshot, we look at cherries and wine.  Karen Witt Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said northwest cherry growers are expected to break-even or perhaps see slightly profitable margins, depending on harvest timing.   “Cherry growers continue to experience a large, midseason supply glut that […]

Is Support For the President Starting To Wane In The Ag Community?

Could the support of the farming community, which voted overwhelmingly in favor of President Trump in 2016, be melting away?   With the trade war with China, the closure of FSA offices nationwide and so many questions remaining, many in the Ag community feel the White House has made recent years more challenging then necessary.  […]

Inslee: Salmon Runs Continue To Drop

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says despite two decades of recovery efforts, some salmon runs still declining.  The Report , released Wednesday by Inslee’s Salmon Recovery Office, found that in most of the state, salmon populations are below recovery goals.  Fifteen of Washington’s 33 genetically distinct salmon and steelhead populations are listed as threatened or endangered, and eight […]

WAVE Minute: Bernie Gagnier

Bernie Gagnier talks about her journey that took her from the U.S. Marine Corp to WSU’s Wine Science Center.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

WTO Will Rule Against Chinese Agriculture Subsidies

The World Trade Organization will soon rule in favor of the United States in a long-standing dispute with China.  The U.S. says Chinese government subsidies it gives to corn and rice growers are a violation of WTO rules.  Politico added the confidential ruling was shown to interested parties before Christmas.  The ruling could be released to the public […]

Vietnam Now Part Of CPTPP

When we said goodbye to 2018 the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), went into effect for six countries: Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  That number moved to seven on Monday, with Vietnam officially part of the former TPP.  That means countries that remain in the CPTPP will see significant […]

Supply Management Voted Down at AFBF

Delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation voted down a proposal from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau to discuss a possible supply management program for the dairy industry.  Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte said it’s never easy to change national policy.   “Whenever you propose to change current policy in the AFBF and change it […]

Supporter Says Farm Bill Opens Up Hemp Possibilities

The 2018 Farm Bill contains language that legalizes industrial hemp production, which one supporter believes will open several economic opportunities for producers.  Michael Bowman of the National Hemp Association said with industrial hemp separate and separated from marijuana in the controlled substance act, opportunities should expand for already existing industries such as clothing and textiles. […]