Onion Growers Reminded To Watch For Downy Mildew

Washington State University is reminding onion growers to be on the lookout for Downy Mildew.  WSU’s Tim Waters said the cool wet spring we’ve seen across the Inland Northwest has allowed the mildew to develop and spread.   “It’s a water mold that’s similar to Late Blight in potatoes, so it doesn’t affect potatoes, but […]

Wood: Loss Of China Costly For Washington Dairy Now and Into The Future

As the trade war with China continues, concern mounts what it could mean for American producers in the long run.  For the Dairy industry, China is a big market.  In 2018, American suppliers shipped nearly three million tons of milk powders, cheese, butterfat and whey products to China.  For Washington diaries, China accounted for $25 […]

Subcommittee Explores USDA Agency Relocation Proposal

The House held a subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the relocation proposals for two USDA agencies highlighting further contention regarding the move.  USDA has proposed relocating the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Kansas City metro, Indiana, or to Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.   Roger Johnson, […]

House Appropriations Ag Spending Bill Rejects Many Trump Proposals

The House Appropriations Committee 2020 Agriculture spending bill rejects many of the cuts proposed by President Trump.  Representative Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat who chairs the full Appropriations Committee, says the bill “rejects the President’s misguided budget and instead invests in important initiatives for the people.”  Subcommittee Chair Sanford Bishop, a Democrat from Georgia, […]

FSA to Begin Accepting Nominations for County Committee Members

The FSA will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on June 14th.  Producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee.  Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.   FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce says, “there’s an increasing need for diverse representation including underserved […]

Help For Nebraska Farmers Comes In Worldwide

Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Disaster Relief Fund has received over $3 million in donations and paid out $1 million to help farmers impacted by historic flooding.  Farm Bureau Foundation Executive Director Megahan Schafer said they received donations from all 50 states, Australia, Europe and around the world.   “It has exceeded, I think, any of our […]

Grassley, Fortenberry Urge USDA Secretary to Enact Payment Limits

Two Midwestern lawmakers are calling on the Department of Agriculture to enact payment limits through farm programs. Senate Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa along with and Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska penned a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him “use his existing regulatory authority” in order to ensure that individuals receiving farm payments […]

Why Have US Ag Export Forecasts Dropped

USDA has cut its export forecasts for several crops, but how much of those cuts come from trade disruptions vs. other factors?  The Gary Crawford spoke with USDA’ chief economist Rob Johansson.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]