Dam Breaching Hearings Set For Early 2020

The consulting firm looking at how removing the Snake River dams could impact the Central and Eastern Washington economies have announced workshops to discuss the proposal.  Hearings were initially scheduled for Vancouver and Clarkston for early next year; the exact dates were not given.  However, the lack of a Central Washington location did not sit […]

Voigt: Japan Agreement Great For Northwest Potato Growers

Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission says the trade agreement with Japan, signed by President Trump in early October, means good things for Northwest growers going forward.  He said the lack of a trade deal meant competitors such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the European Union all enjoyed tariffs advantages […]

Newhouse Requests CRT Town Hall In Tri-Cities

As the U.S. and Canada look to update the Columbia River Treaty, Representative Dan Newhouse is working to bring the conversation to Central Washington.  Newhouse said he reached out to the office of CRT negotiator Jill Smail in mid-October, and received a preliminary response, but no confirmation at this point, when such a town hall […]

Cold Weather As We Say Goodbye To October

Temperatures dropped significantly for the final week of October across the Inland Northwest.  Some locations reported overnight lows this week in the single digits, and it does not look those bone chilling temperatures will be going anywhere soon.   Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said blame a weak low that brought in […]

China, U.S. on Track to Sign Phase One Agreement

Despite a lot of back and forth, and some tense moments, it appears the U.S. and China are on track to sign the phase one trade agreement next month.  Earlier this week, President Trump stated the negotiations are running “ahead of schedule.”   The South China Morning Post reports Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping […]

Winter Wheat Conditions Looking Good Nationally

The national winter wheat picture is looking fairy good for this time of year.  According to the first USDA numbers 56% is rated good to excellent, 15% very poor to poor, which is just slightly better than this time last year.  USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey said, the amount of winter wheat planted is ahead of […]

Supporters: Legislation Will Protect America’s Food Supply

The Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation designed to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation’s food supply and agricultural industries at the border.  Supporters of the Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 says the legislation would ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across the nation’s borders.  The […]

Syngenta Named Top Ag Employer in 2019

A Science Magazine survey names Syngenta as one of the world’s leading biotech employers – and the top agriculture employer.  The 2019 Science Careers Top Employers Survey ranked Syngenta ten out of 20 top employers in biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and pharmaceutical and related industries.  This marks the tenth year of recognition by the global survey.   […]

Difference Between Short-term & Long-term Programs

Ken Isley is the the USDA’s Administrator for Foreign Agricultural Service.  At a recent House subcommittee hearing to discusses how the Agency has programs that are designed to by short-term disaster relief, and how they are different than programs designed for more mid to long-term assistance.  So, what is the difference between those short term […]