WDFW Asking Farmers For Irrigation Shutoff Notification

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking farmers and other irrigators to contact them before shutting down irrigation systems for the season.  WDFW said the notification allows staff to rescue fish form irrigation canals and return them to nearby streams.  The Department says it’s common fish to move about between irrigation canals and […]

EWFF: We Want The Truth About the Yakima Valley Nitrate Study

The voices calling for the EPA to pull its 2012 Yakima Valley Nitrate study and conduct a peer review continues to grow.  Joining producers, farmers and lawmakers is Eastern Washington Family Farmers.   EWFF Executive Director Gerald Baron says the study, which was launched in response to a local newspaper article, aimed at proving dairies […]

Newhouse: Trade Deal Important For Both U.S. And China

 Some are concerned it could be some time before a trade deal between the two largest economies is announced.  This after members of the Chinese trade delegation abruptly left the U.S. last week, following trade talks in D.C.  That delegation was scheduled to stop in Montana and the Midwest.  While the American farmer has felt […]

Oil Prices Retreat After Assurances from Saudi Arabia

After the attacks on Saudi Arabia oil facilities, earlier this month, oil prices jumped by as much as 10%.  However much of those gains have disappeared this week.  At last check, West Texas Crude is trading just under $60 per barrel.  That drop in oil prices came following assurances from the Kingdom the oil demand […]

Labor Department to Modernize H-2A Requirements

Last week, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke positively about changes the Department of Labor will make to modernize the H-2A process.  The Labor Department published a final, common-sense rule that becomes effective October 21, and eliminates the requirement to advertise job openings in local newspapers.  Instead, it shifts the advertising to the Department of Labor […]

Senate Democrats: Withdraw SNAP Proposal Eliminating Categorical Eligibility

A letter from 15 senators urges Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw a proposal they say would take food assistance away from millions of families.  The proposal would eliminate categorical eligibility under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The 15 Democrats, including Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, say the rule would impact the “most vulnerable populations” in […]

U.S. Dairy: Japan Trade Agreement Could Leave Dairy Behind

Lawmakers representing dairy country say the trade agreement with Japan fails to level the playing field for U.S. dairy.  Late last week, a group of lawmakers joined Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer detailing the issue.  The lawmakers say U.S. dairy will have “inferior access to […]

NCBA Announces Woodall as New CEO

The Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says Colin Woodall will serve as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer. Woodall was named to the post last week after an extensive national search. He most recently was the Vice President of Government Affairs and managed NCBA’s efforts in Washington, D.C., for more than ten […]