WSU, WSDA Asking Producers To Participate In Soil Survey

Washington State University and the state Department of Agriculture are conducting a survey focused on soil health, but they need your help.  WSU and WSDA are working together to develop a soil health index.  The project will use in-field measurements and soil samples to analyze overall soil health, as well a background on practices that […]

Apple Commission Celebrating First Ever Apple Week

Now through Friday, the Washington Apple Commission is celebrating the first worldwide Washington Apple Week.  The event, according to the Commission celebrates the high quality apples grown in the state.  The Commission’s Toni Lynn Adams said the week long event is a new way to kick off the export season and generate excitement about the […]

Japan Approves Partial Trade Agreement with U.S.

On Wednesday, Japan’s Upper House of Parliament ratified a partial trade agreement with the United States, which will go into effect on January 1st.  Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, notes that the  agreement “solidifies trade with our second-largest corn market.” The agreement immediately reduces U.S. corn and sorghum imports for […]

Focus On Fruit for 12/05/19

The Washington state Tree Fruit Association’s Tim Kovis previews this year’s Northwest Hort Show in Wenatchee.           If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

ODA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is currently accepting proposals for the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  Roughly $1.5 million is expected to be available to Ag industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon.  Funding for Oregon’s program is contingent upon federal funding.   Specialty crops are […]

USDA Begins 2019 Organic Survey

NASS will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 organic producers nationwide.  Specifically, the surveys target producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the 2019 Organic Survey.  Each producer who self-reported organic farming in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will receive a unique survey code to respond […]

Farm Expenses Remain Flat In 2019

The USDA expects when we close the finical books on 2019, they will show that farm income increased about 10% year-over-year, thanks primarily to government trade aid payments, as well as total expenses remaining flat.  USDA’s Chief Economist Rob Johansson said  total production expenses will end the year higher than 2018 but only by two […]

USDA Announces Final SNAP Rule

According to the USDA, a final rule making changes to SNAP restores intent of the program.  However, critics said the rule could cut benefits to hundreds of thousands of recipients, and charge that the rule ignores a bipartisan agreement in the 2018 Farm Bill. The change tightens work requirements for able-bodied SNAP participants without dependents. […]

Grain Elevators Facing Tighter Margins, Revenue Pressures in 2020

Grain elevators nationwide face significant challenges in the year ahead as they buy basis on corn, soybeans and wheat at the highest levels seen in years, according to a new report.  CoBank reported basis for the three major grains is significantly tighter across the country from strong end-user bids, limited pipeline supplies, and lack of […]

Food Prices Expected To Hold As 2019 Draws To A Close

With just a few weeks remaining in 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it looks like grocery prices will be up 1% on the year.   “We’re expecting prices in increase between 0.5%-1.5% in 2020 as well,” said USDA economist Gianna Short.  She anticipates a pretty steady forecast for next year, saying prices for […]