Idaho Cattle Feeder Elected USMEF Chair

On Friday, the U.S. Meat Export Federation selected a new chairman, Cevin Jones, a cattle feeder from Eden, ID, located 16 miles east of Twin Falls.  Jones said well before his involvement in USMEF, he saw the value in the organization for cattle producers.  He added that was very true when he became President of […]

Equity Minute: Long Term Care Plans

Jake Carpenter with Equilus Equity discusses the importance of having a long-term care strategy in place not only for your family, but for your operation.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Trump: No Agreement with China on Easing Tariffs Yet

Late last week, the Chinese government stated that the U.S and China had reached an agreement to begin rolling back tariffs after a phase one trade deal is signed.  That statement led to some optimism and a jump upward in financial markets.   Politico said it was just 24 hours after that when President Donald […]

Oil Prices Dip Following President Trump’s Comments on Tariffs

Oil prices dipped Monday as investors remain concerned the trade war between the U.S. and China will continue to drag on.  West Texas Crude was down slightly, trading in the mid $56 a barrel range Monday.  This comes after President Trump dismissed reports of the U.S. and China lifting tariffs in an effort to conclude […]

Stone Fruit Industry Will Need To Remain Vigilant When It Comes To Plum Pox

Last month, the USDA declared the country completely free of Pulm Pox Virus, a stone fruit tree disease that causes severe yield losses.  Scientists across the U.S. have been battling the virus for 20 years.   “When it broke out in 1999, in Pennsylvania, APHIS and Department of Agriculture asked me to come and be […]

New Tractors Presented to Farmer Veteran Coalition Members

In partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Kubota presented five farmer veterans with new tractors as a part of its “Geared to Give” program.  In observance of Veterans’ Day, each farmer received the keys to their new tractor during a ceremony in their respective hometowns.  Hundreds of applications came in for the giveaway program, with […]

USDA Has Warnings For Growers Looking At Getting Into Hemp Production

Many farmers nationwide and across the Northwest, are excited about growing hemp. However, the USDA has several words of caution. “Just like every other crop has it’s risks and rewards hemp is not without its production risks and difficulties either,” said USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach. One risk he notes is that  weather or some other […]

Feds Release Final Plan For Simplot Phosphate Mines

Federal officials have released a final plan for five open-pit phosphate mines and reclamation work in eastern Idaho proposed by J.R. Simplot Company.  Late last week, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service released the jointly-prepared final environmental impact statement for the Dairy Syncline Mine Project about 14 miles east of Soda […]