China Issues Tariffs On $75B Of U.S. Goods

President Donald Trump declared Friday that he had “hereby ordered” American companies with operations in China “to immediately start looking for” an alternative after Beijing announced a series of retaliatory tariffs.  But as markets in the U.S., Asia and Europe tumbled, the White House offered no further details or explanation of Trump’s intentions.   Instead, […]

USApple: Apple Exports Down Nearly 30%

According to the U.S. Apple Association, apple exports dropped 27% from 2017 to 2018.  That announcement came Thursday during the organization’s annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference in Chicago.   USApple officials said due to growing trade tensions and escalating tariffs from top export countries, the overall farm gate income for U.S. apple growers fell […]

USDA: First Round Of MFP Underway

The first round of the Market Facilitation Program is underway.   “We expect up to 14.5 billion in dollars in payments will go to producers that have been affected by unwarranted retaliatory tariffs on US farm production,” said Farm Service Agency Administrator, Richard Fordyce. He noted this first round covers 50% of the amount in […]

Hundreds Of Students Awarded Scholarships Through WAEF

The Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded a record 320  students with scholarship money this spring.  Funding for the awards was raised through voluntary contributions from members of the tree fruit industry and its suppliers and service providers.   Altogether, recipients are receiving $1.1 million in educational awards this year.   Students receiving WAEF scholarships share […]

West Not Experiencing Devastating Droughts Thanks To Late Snowfall

For some it may seem like a lifetime ago, for others it was an event that could not be forgotten quickly enough; the late February snow storm that dumped inches and in some case feet of snow across the region.  While much of that snow has been long gone, USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said that […]

Federation of State Beef Councils Reports Successful Six Months

Laurie Munns, along with her husband, Tim, owns and operates a ranch in Northern Utah and Southern Idaho.  She also just finished her first six months as chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils, which represents and supports state beef councils at the Beef Checkoff’s national level.  Munns said one of the things she […]

U.S. Dairy Seeks Swift Trade Deal with Japan

A coalition of U.S. dairy groups is urging the Trump administration to reach a trade agreement with Japan quickly. More than 70 dairy groups and companies sent a letter to Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week asking the administration to finalize a strong trade deal with Japan quickly. The coalition, […]

Trade Deals Spark More Compensation for Canada Dairy Farmers

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will provide $1.75 billion to dairy farmers to offset changes to market access in recent trade agreements.  Canada is allowing other nations more access to enter the Canadian dairy market as a result of the trade agreements.  Through Canada’s supply management system, the funds will be distributed to nearly 11,000 dairy […]