WSDA: Warning on New Rules For Those Exporting To EU

Those that exports Ag products to the European Union need to be aware of new regulations taking effect next month.  The Washington state Department of Agriculture is alerting businesses that export plant products that starting December 14th, they will be required to have a phytosanitary certificate for most plant products bound for Europe.   Before […]

Newhouse: Washington Wine Industry Has Really Bright Future

Last month, Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board announced that the 1,000th winery license had been issued in the state.  Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus, and said the industry has enjoyed incredible growth across the entire Evergreen state over the past couple of decades.  He added wine and […]

BQA Continues To Grow, Benefiting Consumers

If you eat beef anywhere in Washington or in the U.S. for that matter, consumers can be pretty sure that red meat is in good shape and was grown under stringent animal care standards, thanks to the Beef Quality Assurance Program.  Josh White at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says BQA ensures animals get the […]

White House GOP Looking At Tax Cuts Heading Into 2020

The White House and Congressional Republicans are in early talks on a new tax cut and growth package ahead of the 2020 election.  According to the Washington Post, the discussions are “preliminary,” and probably more about next year’s election than actual legislating.  However, top Ways and Means Republican Kevin Brady told the paper a key […]

Montana Senator Introduces Resolution to Restart COOL

Montana’s Jon Tester has introduced a resolution in support of reestablishing Country of Origin Labeling.  The COOL resolution puts forth a firm statement of support for the program, which was repealed back in 2015.  The introduction follows months of coordination and collaboration by Senator Tester, who’s been pulling together consumer and producer stakeholders to push […]

USDA: Ag Price Index Down for September

USDA’s latest Agricultural Prices report shows producers overall received lower prices.  And as Rod Bain points out there was a significant month over month drop for meat animal, poultry, and egg producers.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Ag Community Looking For Zero Hunger Globally

No one is denying that it’s an ambitious goal.   “I know that food security and getting to zero hunger is a huge challenge; it can seem overwhelming,” said USDA Agricultural Research Service Administrator, Chavonda Jacobs-Young.  She and other participants at a recent 2019 world food prize panel believe, research will be essential to achieve […]

Beijing Considers Axing Extra Tariffs on U.S. Ag Products to Boost Imports

The head of a government-sponsored trade association in China says Beijing could remove extra tariffs on U.S. farm goods to smooth the way for importers to potentially buy up to $50 billion in products. A Reuters article says Beijing would make that move instead of directing importers to purchase specific amounts of goods.   President […]

USDA Finds New Site in Kansas City for ERS, NIFA

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA officially signed a lease on office space in Kansas City. The Hagstrom Report says it’s now the new place of work for most of the employees of the USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  It’s at 805 Pennsylvania Avenue right in […]