WSU Continues To Work On Mechanical Harvesters For Fresh Fruit

Mechanical harvesters.   Typically when we discuss that technology, focus turns to the tree fruit industry, or vine and plant fruit crops, such as grapes and berries, bound for processing.   However, researchers at Washington State University and a host of other Land Grant institutions continue to push for harvesters that can pull fruit destined […]

University of Idaho Secures $11M For CAFE

The University of Idaho announced Tuesday design of the nation’s largest research dairy can now begin as the school has secured an additional $11 million for the Idaho Center for Agriculture Food and the Environment, better known as CAFE.  Earlier this month, U of I received a $1 million gift from the J.R. Simplot Co. […]

New Washington Wheat Ambassadors Announced

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has announced the wheat ambassadors for the upcoming school year:  Spencer Miller of Ritzville and Gunner Aune of LaCrosse.   Spencer is the son of Mike and Marci Miller. The multi-generational family farm is located outside of Ritzville. Spencer has maintained a high scholastic achievement throughout high school and […]

Lohmann: Water Year Off To A Slow Start

It’s cold across the Inland Northwest, which you should expect for the first week of November.  But what is not typical for this time of year is how dry it is.  Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said the Water Year which started October 1st, is off to a slow start.   “I kind […]

October Ag Economy Barometer Improves

The October Ag Economy Barometer improved to a reading of 136, up 15 points compared to September.  The monthly measure of the farm economy saw an increase in the assessment of current and future conditions by farmers.  The Current Conditions Index rose from 100 in September to 115 in October, and the Futures Expectations Index […]

AFBF: Time Is Running Out On USCMA Vote

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week voiced optimism for bringing up USMCA for House action, soon.  But there’s still no sign of a negotiating breakthrough with the White House, and as the American Farm Bureau Federation points out, the clock is ticking.  AFBF trade adviser Dave Salmonsen said for a vote to take place in […]

China Urges Trump to Lift Tariffs

China wants the United States to commit to lifting tariffs to reach a phase one trade agreement. The South China Morning Post reports Beijing needs America to be more responsive to its concerns, if it wants Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit the U.S. to sign the deal. There’s been no firm commitment by the […]

Censky Pleased With West Africa Trade Mission

  The USDA recently wrapped up a four-day trade mission to Ghana in western Africa.  One of the main focuses of this mission, like other USDA missions, was to unlock new trade opportunities in the region for American producers.  The USDA’s Steven Censky led the the mission and the over 40 participants, representing a wide […]

Trump Names FDA Commissioner Nominee

President Trump’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration offers a bolstered resume in the medical field. Trump recently announced Stephen Hahn of Texas as the nominee to be the next FDA Commissioner. Hahn has been Chief Medical Executive at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, since May of […]