Perdue: Farmers Are “A Casualty” in Trade War

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue acknowledged in an interview this week that farmers are “casualties” in President Trump’s trade war with China.  Perdue told CNN he didn’t think a trade deal was likely this weekend when Trump and Chinese President Xi meet in Japan.  He’s now hoping a deal can be reached by the end of […]

China Not The Only Trade Focus This Weekend

While man are waiting to see what happens between the U.S. and China this weekend at the G20 summit in Japan, that’s not the only trade front farmers will keep their eye on.  President Trump and his trade team are also scheduled to talk with Japan’s leaders on a possible bilateral agreement.  U.S. Trade Ambassador […]

Rosa: While Four Years Late Wolf Plan Encouraging For Producers

In Late May, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled an updated Wolf Management Plan; four year later than scheduled.  Jerome Rosa, Executive Director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, said while not exactly what they wanted, he was happy with increased collaring, as well who can investigate depredation, and the number of depredations in […]

PNW Canola Association Continues To Grow

It’s not just canola that’s growing across the Inland Northwest this time of year.  Karen Sowers says the Pacific Northwest Canola Association continues to grow.  Sowers said, while in an indirect fashion, trade issues remain one of the biggest challenges for growers.   “There’s no tariff on canola, but there is on soybeans, as most […]

Rural Mainstreet Index Above Growth Neutral in June

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index climbed above growth neutral in June.  The monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture shows a positive growth in the region.   “Higher agricultural commodity prices and rebuilding from recent floods boosted the RMI for the month,” says Dr. Ernie Goss, […]

USDA: People Are Creating A Food Desert For Bees

A national survey says commercial bee keepers reported losing 41% of their colonies last year.  But, experts are quick to point out that the number of wild bees are also declining.  Partly, according to Gary Crawford, because we humans don’t provide enough food for our bee friends.       To find out what plants […]

Perdue Tells Farm Co-Ops to Call Congress on USMCA

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue met with members of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives earlier this week.  He told their executives to talk to Congress about voting on USMCA.  Noting that he can’t directly encourage lobbying, Perdue told members they should follow their “hearts and minds” in talking with Congress.   Perdue told the executives […]

U.S., China Reach Tentative Truce on Tariffs

The U.S. and China have agreed to forgo the next round of tariffs that President Trump threatened to impose on $300 billion in Chinese goods. That report comes from both Politico and the South China Morning Post. It comes ahead of a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend at the G-20 […]