Eddie: Trade War Weighing On The Mind Of NW Hay Growers

It’s been over a year since the trade war with China started, and with the possibility of additional tariffs, and retaliatory tariffs starting next month, many in the Ag community are concerned.  Andrew Eddie, Vice President of the Washington state Hay Growers Association said like the rest of the Ag sector, trade, or lack thereof, […]

WSU Tree Fruit Research Field Day Set For Wednesday

Washington State University will host its Tree Fruit research field day Wednesday August 7th in Rock Island.  The three hour educational event is open to growers, packers, consultants, university researchers and others. Areas of focus include: Top grafted WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) Stink bug netting exclusion Sterile codling moth and drone releases Pear rootstock breeding […]

New Trade Agreement With EU Good News For American Beef Producers

On Friday the U.S. signed an agreement with the European Union, allowing American producers a country-specific share of the EU’s duty-free high quality beef quota.  Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation participated in Friday’s signing ceremony at the White House.   “We’d like to say thank you and this is […]

Trade Tensions Push Oil Price Lower

After weeks of moving higher because of tensions with Iran, Oil prices made a U-turn this week, dropping to just above $54 a barrel.  And Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy.com said that decrease can be attributed to two words:  Trade War.   “A lot of this arising from President Trump who escalated trade tensions with China […]

FCC Approves Order to Help Close Broadband Gap

The Federal Communications Commission approved an order late last week to help better identify gaps in broadband coverage throughout rural America.  The agency will identify those gaps with a new data collection process.  The Commission had previously established a new process to gather data for broadband deployment maps.   However, that process has drawn criticism […]

Newhouse Pingree Introduce Food Date Labeling Act

Last week Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and Maine’s Chellie Pingree introduced legislation they say will ensure Americans don’t throw out perfectly good food.  They said the bipartisan Food Date Labeling Act, will reduce food waste by standardizing date labels on food products.   Recent studies have shown that Americans are confused by food date labels, […]

Boshart Davis Legislation Would Allow Oregon Farmers To Hire Younger Workers

Legislation cosponsored by Representative Shelly Boshart Davis, during the 2019 Legislative Session would enable Oregon farmers to better hire younger workers by allowing a training wage during the first three months that would be exempt from the state minimum wage.  High minimum wage laws can have the adverse effect of increasing youth employment.  As Oregon […]

China Stops Purchases of U.S. Ag Products

China has reportedly told its commodity buyers to stop all imports of U.S. agricultural products. The move is in response to President Trump’s planned tariff increase announced last week.  Trump says he is using the tariffs to place pressure on China to reach a trade agreement.   China also announced the devaluation of its currency […]