AFBF Applauds Congress Passage Of Disaster Aid

On Monday the House passed a $19 billion disaster aid package, sending the legislation to President Trump for his signature.  RJ Karney, American Farm Bureau Federation congressional relations director, said this assistance is sorely needed by farmers and ranchers across the country.   “This disaster relief bill will provide disaster relief to farms all across […]

Perdue Pleased With Disaster Relief

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Congressional Disaster Relief Package, which means $19 billion will be available for producers impacted by floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters.  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue was pleased with the passage.   “Thankfully, finally, eight months after Hurricane Florence we’ve got a disaster bill that will help the […]

USDA: Ag Trade Surplus Continues To Disappear

U.S. farmers are watching their trade surplus with other countries get smaller and smaller and the new USDA trade forecast for this fiscal year shows that surplus shrinking at a faster pace, than had been projected back in February.  U.S. Ag exports are forecast to be $6 billion less than last year, at $137 billion, […]

Lohmann: After Brief Cool Down Heat Expected To Return

The month of June roared in over the week on a hot note.  With temperatures reported in the up 80’s for most of the Inland northwest, and some 90’s reported, especially near the Washington/Oregon border.  Marilyn Lohmann, with the National Weather Service, said if that heat wave took you by surprise, you’re not alone.  She […]

Rippey: National Wheat Picture Has Improved

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said overall the U.S. winter wheat crop is looking healthy.   “Especially in the hard red winter wheat belt.  Nationally 64% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent, up three points from last week, just 9% very poor to poor, that’s steady from last week,” siad Rippey.  “It’s far better […]

ODFW Confirms Second Wolf Depredation In One Week

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a second wolf depredation took place last week.  The first was reported in Wallowa County on Tuesday May 28th.  The most recent was reported in Klamath County.  Investigators said a producer found a 730 pound yearling steer in private pastureland with missing muscle, primarily from the […]

Ag Secretaries Talk Immigration

On Monday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue sat down with his counterpart from Mexico.  And as Rod Bain points out, immigration was the #1 topic of discussion.     The visit between the Ag secretaries was just one of several meetings between U.S. and Mexican officials focused on President Trump’s proposed tariffs.     If you […]

Farm Outlook Continues Slide in Ag Economy Barometer

The Ag Economy Barometer dropped again in May.  The barometer reading of 101 was 14 points lower than a month earlier and was the lowest barometer reading since October 2016.  For the second month in a row, the decline in farmer sentiment was attributable to big declines in both the Index of Current Conditions, which […]

Idaho Will Enforce State Law Despite Farm Bill

The USDA says states can’t block the interstate transportation of hemp, but law enforcement in Idaho said it won’t follow those guidelines.  Hemp doesn’t get a person high, but it still contains trace amounts of the chemical THC, which is found in marijuana.  Under Idaho law, any amount of THC is illegal.  The USDA released a memo last week saying […]