2019 Washington/Oregon Potato Conference Kicks Off Tuesday

The three day Washington/Oregon Potato Conference get underway in Kennewick Tuesday.   Brandy Tucker with the Washington Potato Commission said they will have a wide variety of classes benefiting growers from across the Northwest.  Unique this year, the Wednesday keynote speaker, Pablos Holman.   “He is a world renowned hacker and inventor, so, he’s going […]

OFB: Cap And Trade, Wolves Biggest Ag Issues Before Lawmakers

The 2019 Oregon legislative session gets underway in Salem Tuesday, and the Oregon Farm Bureau says Cap and Trade and Wolves will be the top two issues the farming community should watch.  When it comes to Cap and Trade, OFB expressed concern that Oregon is trying to follow the lead of California.  OFB’s Jonathan Sandau […]

WSU: School, Students Will Benefit From 2018 Farm Bill

Washington State University say researchers, students and farmers across the Northwest will benefit from the 2018 Farm Bill signed into law in late December.  Glynda Becker Fenter, Director of Federal Relations for WSU, said the Farm Bill will help a wide variety of the over 300 commodities grown across the state.  She said the legislation […]

Could Diesel Prices Be Close To Bottom?

After weeks of decline, the rate of drop for area diesel prices has slowed.  The national average for a gallon of diesel is $2.92, one cent lower over the past week.  Washington’s average dropped two cents to $3.19 a gallon.  And Oregon’s price hovers at $3.08, down three cents over the past week.   GasBuddy.com’s […]

Marshall Urges Trump to Continue Fighting for Farmers in Trade

U.S. Representative Roger Marshal urged President Trump to continue to fight for farmers in trade negotiations.  In a Washington Examiner opinion piece, the Kansas Republican says lawmakers were disappointed to hear the European Union say talks between the U.S. and EU “cannot include agriculture,” because it would “make it a very long and complicated negotiation.”   […]

Beef Demand Continues to Grow

After decades of decline, USDA reports demand for U.S. beef is on the way up.   “We’ve gone through a major change in beef demand from where we were back in the early 1980s from where we are currently today,” said CattleFax executive vice president Randy Blach.  “From 1980 to 1998, beef demand was cut […]

Vilsack: Shutdown Impacts Could Last Years

The government shutdown could cause a ripple effect across the federal government for years, according to former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  Vilsack recently told Politico that the effects could take years to realize, like the ramifications of pausing some Forest Service efforts to reduce fire hazards.   Specifically, Vilsack said, “You may not see the consequences […]

Louis Dreyfus to Exit Dairy Business

Louis Dreyfus Company this week announced it would exit its small dairy business as part of an overhaul to revive growth at the agriculture commodity company.  The dairy unit represents for roughly 1% of the company’s revenue in 2018, and was previously earmarked as a unit to be sold.  The company says the exit will have “practically […]