Farmers’ Working Capital “Critically Low”

The agriculture sector is suffering from working capital that’s fallen to critically low levels.  That news is from the forecasting firm Agricultural Economic Insights.  The firm recently analyzed data put out by the Economic Research Service, saying the declines in working capital are stark.   Brent Gloy, a Nebraska farmer and economist, writes that “Working […]

UI: Wildfire’s Contribution to Atmospheric Carbon Overestimated

Wildfires spew smoke and harm overall air quality, but they contribute a lot less carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than many people assume, and that many scientific models predict, according to a recent University of Idaho study.  Many regional estimates of wildfire carbon emissions are 59% to 83% percent higher than emissions based on field […]

Cool To Wrap Up June But Warmer Weather Moving Into July

The final weeks of spring felt like a seesaw for much of the region, with temperatures bouncing between hot and cold, with the Inland Northwest currently in a cool period right now.  Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said temperatures for the past week are anywhere from three to five degrees below normal, but […]

AFBF Encouraged By Progress In USMCA Talks

Mexico is the first of the three nations in the USMCA to ratify the agreement.  Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau, said ratification shows America’s neighbors are taking the agreement seriously.   “It’s a good sign to our Congress that it can get done. Mexico wants this to get […]

A Variety Of Digital Careers Remain Open In Ag

Syngenta, like many other companies in the Ag industry, works every day to help growers apply digital solutions to real-world problems.  Technical data analyst Kelly Bumpus, grew up on a farm in the South, and she uses her background to turn that effort into results.   “In my current role in digital ag solutions, I […]

Homeland Security To Transfer N-BADF to USDA

It’s called the National Bio and and Agro Defense Facility, N-BADF, a top lever secure facility being built near Kansas State University under the ownership and control of the Department of Homeland Security.  Its mission, to work with, prepare for, and prevent animal diseases. Undersecretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach was one of several officials at […]

Pelosi: Deportation Delay Won’t Lead to Immigration Deal

Agriculture may be waiting a while for the nation to improve the immigration program it relies on to provide farm laborers. President Trump agreed to a two-week postponement of mass deportation of illegal immigrants while asking Congress to work out an agreement on changes to the nation’s asylum laws.   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had […]

USDA Still Has Over $2 Billion to Invest in Rural America

The USDA has more than $2 billion available this year to invest in community facilities and infrastructure projects in rural areas.   “Modern and accessible education, health care, public safety, and municipal services are the foundation for a high quality of life,” said Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley.  “The USDA […]

New Tariffs Could Hit Pesticides

The pesticide industry is asking the Trump administration to exempt its chemical imports from China from the potential $300 billion in new 25% tariffs the president is threatening to impose next month on Chinese goods.  CropLife America and a specialty chemical trade group filed comments with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Those comments say the […]