Despite Spring Weather NWFCS Expecting Profitable Year For Local Row Crops

As we start our five-part series, taking a look at Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Snapshot, we kick things off with row crops.  Bill Perry, EVP of Lending and Insurance with NWFCS, says they’re forecast calls for moderate profitability for onion producers.   “Yields in Washington and Idaho’s Treasure Valley are expected to be down […]

Prosser IAREC To Mark 100 Years This Weekend

Washington State University will celebrate a century of research in the lower Yakima Valley this weekend.  The school will mark the occasion Saturday at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, better known as the Prosser Center.   Naidu Rayapati, Director of the IAREC, said when it started in 1919, researchers focused on forage crops […]

Farmer Pessimism Increasing over Current Conditions

The monthly measure of farmer sentiment shows producers are more pessimistic about current conditions.  The monthly Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer slipped to 121, down three points from August.  However, the Index of Current Conditions, a sub-index of the barometer, dropped 22 points to a reading of 100.  The barometer is based on a mid-month […]

Fall Expected To Return To The Northwest

The Weather in the Inland Northwest can change very quickly; as the old saying goes, if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes.  And that was very true last week as we saw a cold low pressure system drop in from Canada, bringing not only very cold temperatures for late September, but also snow.  […]

United Fresh Responds to Gillibrand Produce Price Inquiry

A Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee is calling on the federal government to investigate fruit and vegetable prices received by farmers.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants the USDA to investigate if fruit and vegetable farmers across the country are receiving fair prices for their produce, While the prices of fruits and vegetables have increased for […]

BBB Warning Farmers To Watch For SIM Swapping

The Better Business Bureau is warning farmers, growers, really anyone with a cell phone to watch out for SIM Swapping.  The BBB’s Tyler Russell says this scam started in 2018.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Analyst Feels U.S. Cattle Industry In A Good Position

The ongoing trade war with China, and other trade disruptions are weighing on the minds of many, if not everyone in Ag.  But veteran global market analyst, Dan Basse said the American meat industry is bullish, and at some point that’s going to start impacting the markets.   “The cattle industry is in a good […]

Boehringer-Ingelheim Developing World’s Largest Vaccine Production Facility

Boehringer Ingelheim is developing a biotechnology production site for veterinary vaccines in Europe.  A groundbreaking ceremony last month marked the start of construction on the site that may become the largest vaccine production facility in the world.   According to the company, the 200-million-euro investment will significantly increase production capacities for antigens and vaccines against […]