USMCA Is Ready To Go, Says Newhouse

With Congress back in session, the Ag community is asking when trade questions will be answered.  Specifically when will USMCA receive a ratification vote?  Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said the updated NAFTA is ready to go, and desperately needed in farm country.   “Mexico has already approved it, Canada is close to doing so.  And […]

Public Tour Scheduled for WSU’s Egger Farm

Washington State University’s Eggert Family Organic Farm will host a public tour Thursday.  WSU officials say this walking tour of the 10-acre farm will be an opportunity to learn about organic farming, the history of the WSU organic farm.   The Pullman event is free and open to the public, and it’s also co‑hosted by […]

Weekend Attack Pushed Oil Prices Higher, But Impact Not Expected To Last Long

After showing very little movement throughout much of 2019, oil prices have jumped considerably over the past couple of days.  Following Saturday’s attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia, the price for a barrel of oil jumped roughly 10% to the $60 range.   Allison Mac with GasBuddy.com says the Saudi government has promised […]

Farm Credit Service Outlines Quarterly System Conditions

A quarterly review of the Farm Credit System shows reported steady earnings and higher capital, but a decline in loan quality, so far, in 2019.  The Farm Credit Administration received the report last week that outlines economic issues affecting agriculture, with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System.   […]

Japan to Eliminate Tariffs on U.S. Wine

Japan will eliminate tariffs on U.S. wine imports as part of a trade agreement announced between the U.S. and Japan.  Reuters said Japan will eliminate the tariffs on U.S. wine within five to seven years after the trade agreement goes into effect.  Japan currently taxes wine at 15% per liter, and the trade agreement would […]

USDA, Trump, Recognize Farm Safety Week

President Trump has proclaimed this week as National Farm Safety and Health Week.  Trump signed the proclamation, designating the week as September 15 -21 as Farm Safety and Health week.  The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s […]

Market Facilitation Program Running Well, Says Perdue

The 2019 Market Facilitation Program has been running for just under two months now.  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue was recently asked how farmers feel about a second trait A package.   “Overwhelmingly the comments we’ve heard on sign up have been positive. I think the FSA offices have done a good job, the software seems […]

September USMCA Vote Becoming More Unlikely

Congressional ratification USMCA, is quickly slipping from September into October, and maybe even later.  With it already being mid-September, and not signs of a USMCA deal on the horizon, but there are a few proposals being exchanged between Democrats and the White House.  But frustration is been building on the GOP side.   “We’ve been […]