Ag World Golf Classic Closes In On $100K, Announces Additional Tournament

Over one hundred farmers and those connected to the Ag community hit the links at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick Wednesday for the 6th annual Ag World Golf Classic.  As of Wednesday evening, the tournament was just $1,500 short of their goal of raising $100,000 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the […]

Plan Ahead for Hot Weather

With temperatures expected to creep near the century mark across the Inland Northwest, the medical community is reminding farmers, growers, or anyone working outdoors to plan ahead to stay safe.  John Matheson is an Emergency Room doctor, and he said drastic swings, where daytime temperatures jump from the 70’s to the upper 90’s in just […]

Truckers Rally Against Cap And Trade In Salem

It’s not just Oregon’s Ag community voicing opposition to proposed Cap and Trade legislation.   Dozens of industrial trucks drove laps around the state Capitol Wednesday, blaring their horns and releasing plumes of diesel into the air as part of a demonstration against Oregon’s climate policies that loggers and truckers say will devastate their business.  […]

Halstrom: Mexico Scare Underscores The Need For USCMA

The American red meat industry let out a big sigh of relief when President Trump announced he would not issue 5% tariffs against products imported from Mexico this week, as originally planned.  The U.S. Meat Export Federation expressed concerns that because of those tariffs, Mexico would retaliate against American beef.   USMEF President and CEO […]

McKinney: Were Still Looking At The MFP Formula

Producers nationwide continue to wait for details on the second round of the Market Facilitation Program, including payment rates.   So what’s the status of MFP at this point?   The USDA’s Ted McKinney went before lawmakers in the House this week to answer that question.  He said the formula is currently under review by […]

USDA Helping Farmers, Businesses and Ag Producers Cut Energy Costs

The USDA Announce Tuesday 58 grants to help farmers and rural businesses to reduce energy costs.  The grants, awarded in 17 states and Puerto Rico, are provided through the Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP.  Congress allocated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in 2019.  Tuesday’s announcement includes $1 million in renewable […]

NIFA Joins ERS in Unionizing

Employees of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture joined the Economic Research Service in a vote to unionize, according to Agri-Pulse. The vote comes as the USDA within the next few weeks is expected to announce the proposed sites for the agencies as part of its plan to relocate the two.   USDA previously […]