AgForestry Announces Class 42

The Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation has selected its 42nd AgForestry Leadership Class.  Each year a variety of people from across the state of Washington, from across Ag, Forestry and Natural Resources are selected for an 18-month leadership and development program.  Program Manager Matt Kloes said public speaking is emphasized, but that’s not the only […]

WSU Onion Field Day Set For Thursday

Washington State University Extension will host their annual Onion Field Day Thursday.  This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Onion Cultivar Evaluation.  The Field Day runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at L & L Ag located on Coyan Road northwest of Connell.   This year’s trial includes 47 onion cultivars and lines […]

Use of H-2A Slowing, Says Labor Department

New data shows that 2019 growth in the H-2A program is slowing.  According to the Labor Department, the number of on the farm position requests increased just 2% this year, compared to a 29% increase in 2018.  American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh said there are two potential causes for this drop.   “One […]

Focus On Fruit for 08/29/19

Northwest Cherry President B.J. Thurlby recaps the 2019 season, the challenges and the successes.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]    

UI-WSU Food Science Team Takes 4th In Idaho

A collaborative team of students from the University of Idaho and Washington State University recently finished 4th at the 2019 Idaho Milk Processors Association new production competition in Sun Valley.   Supported by Dairy West and judged by leading dairy farmers and industry experts, the annual contest challenges universities with strong nutrition and food science […]

Ibach: USMCA Vote Should Happen Before The End Of The Year

Congress will return from the August recess in just a few weeks.  And for several lawmakers, especially those in Ag districts, ratification of USMCA will be a key issue.   “I think we’ve had 28 different governors step forward and call for a vote on USMCA because they see the benefits,” said Ag undersecretary Greg […]

BBQ Mistakes To Avoid

This weekend is Labor Day, the unofficial conclusion to summer vacation season. And many of us will mark the holiday with a barbecue. There’s an old adage that say you should never do anything halfway. And as Gary Crawford points out, that applies to one popular grilling technique.       If you have a […]

Growing Pizza Consumption Benefits Dairy Industry

In the United States we eat about 3 billion pizzas annually.  That’s about one-third of global pizza consumption.  And an essential pizza ingredient, cheese, gets its start on America’s dairy farms.  And according to Domino’s Jimmy Simonte, roughly 25% of all U.S. cheese ends up on a pizza.  This is encouraging news to the nation’s […]

USApple Rolls Out New Logo

On Tuesday, the U.S. Apple Association unveiled a new logo.  The new logo direction is inspired by the next generation of leaders in the apple industry and embraces a fresh, organic feel with a minimalist design approach, according to USApple.  The shape of the logo mark is an abstract representation of an apple, but it […]