Chinese Ag Purchases Becoming a Sticking Point in Negotiations

President Trump has said China will commit to buying up to $50 billion in U.S. agricultural products as part of a Phase One trade agreement between the countries, However, Reuters says that amount is becoming a sticking point in the negotiations. That $50 billion is more than double the amount of U.S. ag commodities that […]

Newhouse Others Roll Out Farm Workforce Modernization Act

On Wednesday, Representative Dan Newhouse joined a bipartisan group of House members to introduce the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.  Newhouse said the legislation is a compromised solution for the needs of American Farmers, adding the legislation will attempt to meet in the middle when it comes to the needs of agriculture and labor groups which […]

Dye: 2020 Legislative Session Could Be Concerning For Washington Farm Country

Less than nine weeks remain in 2019, which means it’s time to start thinking about the 2020 legislative sessions for both Washington and Oregon.  Washington state representative Mary Dye said when looking back at this year’s session, there were several “interesting” pieces of legislation that unfairly targeted the farming industry.  The Pomeroy Republican said several […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/31/19

As the end of harvest 2019 draws near, Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission has a check of the progress, and some of the latest variety numbers.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

CBDL Honors Mark Schoesler

During the Columbia Basin Development League’s 55th annual meeting Tuesday, the organization honored state senator Mark Schoesler.  The Ritzville Republican received the Perseverance Award for what the league called “his longtime legislative efforts on behalf of communities and irrigators in the basin area”.   “The league chose Senator Schoesler to receive the Perseverance Award for […]

WSU/OSU To Hold Blueberry Pruning Workshop

Washington State University and Oregon State University will hold a free blueberry pruning workshop in Prosser on Monday November 18th.  The morning event will include a 90 minute presentation by OSU’s Dr. Bernadine Strik, focused on the rationale and fundamentals of highbush blueberry pruning in central Washington.  Following that presentation, participants will enjoy a short […]

WDFW Extends Wolf Comment Period By Two Weeks

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday it will extend the post-recovery public comment period by two weeks.  WDFW said this is allows Washingtonians to voice their thoughts how the gray wolf should be managed once they are no longer state listed.   The Department is using a multi-year State Environmental Policy Act […]

Baldwin Lawmakers Continue To Work To Help For Dairy Farmers

The hope is the Senate will vote on funding bills with in the next couple of days, including the agriculture appropriations bill.  Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, says lawmakers are working to include help in the bill for dairy farmers.   “The agriculture bill is about to be voted on, but I’ve been working […]

Agency Partnership Designed to Reduce Food Waste

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration announced they’re partnering with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance.  It’s part of the “Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative” launched by the three agencies last year.   The agencies will formalize industry education and outreach efforts with the Grocery Manufacturers […]