Zirkle Closing Prosser Facility

According to company officials, Zirkle Fruit Co. will close its apple packing operation in Prosser this fall.  The company said they will consolidate Prosser operations with their Selah location.  The move means roughly 300 workers in the lower Yakima Valley will lose their job, starting in October.   The Prosser facility will not close, but […]

Wheat Conditions Looking Good Nationwide

As wheat harvest continues not only across the region, but nationwide, the 2019 crop looks good.  According to the USDA, 70% of the spring wheat crop is rated good to excellent, 7% comes in at very poor to poor.  And those numbers are very similar to what we saw this time last year with 74% […]

USDA Pulls Employees from Crop Tour Following Threat

Farmer angst spread to Pro Farmer’s Midwest Crop Tour Wednesday.  The USDA pulled all personnel from the tour after an angry farmer allegedly threatened a USDA employee over the phone.  Pro Farmer says the threat reported on the western leg of the tour was not from a tour scout or farmer that attended a crop […]

Focus On Fruit For 08/22/19

Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission says with harvest just around the corer, there’s a lot of positive news for local apple growers.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Computer, Internet Use On Farms Increases Over Past Two Years

According to the USDA, computer and internet use on the farm has increased over the past two years.   “In fact, in 2019, 73% of the U.S. farms have a desk top or laptop computer by which they use to access. That’s in increase of roughly 1% from 2017.”   And also no surprise, to […]

U.S. Comments on Hong Kong Could Jeopardize Trade Talks

Any U.S. attempt to sway China’s dealings with Hong Kong could jeopardize efforts to reach a trade agreement. Communist party leaders in China say, “Events in Hong Kong were the internal affairs of China, and linking them with trade negotiations was a dirty aim,” according to the South China Morning Post.   The remarks followed […]

Crop Insurance Premium Dates Pushed Back

Most farmers get their crop insurance premium bill sent to them this time of year, with a pay-by date of September 30th.  And if that premium is not paid by October 1st, farmers start to get interest charges added to their bill.   “It’s a percent and a quarter a month, so it can start […]

China Hopeful U.S. Will Meet Halfway in Trade Talks

China is hopeful the U.S. will meet them “halfway” in trade negotiations. In a daily news conference, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed hope the two sides could “find a mutually-acceptable solution” through trade negotiations. China maintains that economic cooperation between China and the U.S. is “win-win in nature.”  China and the U.S. are each […]