House Clears Farm Workforce Modernization Act, But Work Remains

The last time major changes were made to Ag labor laws in the U.S., the New York Mets were the World Series champions.  Dan Newhouse is hopeful that 33-year drought comes to an end thanks to the Farm Workforce Modernization Act he and Zoe Lofgren introduced a few months ago.   However, the American Farm […]

WSDA Rolls Out ECTR System To Beef Producers

While it’s been available for the dairy industry for a while, thanks to legislative action earlier this year, the Electronic Cattle Transaction Reporting system (ECTR), is now available to all cattle owners in Washington.  The Washington state Department of Agriculture’s Jodi Jones said they had a soft roll out of the system last month, allowing […]

Apple Commission Proposes New License Plate

In an effort to help the Washington Apple Education Foundation, the state Apple Commission has proposed a new specialty license plate.  The dark blue plate celebrates the state’s leading Ag commodity, the apple.  The revenue generated from sales of the specialty license plat will go to WAEF, the tree fruit industry’s official charity.  WAEF provides […]

Focus On Fruit for 12/12/19

Washington State University’s Gwen Hoheisel talks about the importance of sprayer maintenance this time of year.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Ag Bankers Expect Better Things In New Year

If you ask farm and ranch lenders from across the country their thoughts on the future of the Ag economy, their responses may not be as somber as you’d expect.  And while there is caution about the current farm economy, Montana banker Heather Malcolm says it’s not all gloom and doom as we look at […]

Johnson Will Not Seek Reelection As NFU President

After over a decade at the helm, Roger Johnson announced this week he will not seek reelection as National Farmers Union president.  His current term comes to an end in March.   “Farmers Union has been a fundamental part of my identity for my entire life, and it has been my greatest honor to serve […]

Senate Won’t Vote on USCMA Until After Christmas

It looks like American farmers will not see an updated NAFTA trade deal under the Christmas tree this year, despite this week’s deal in the House to move USMCA forward. The House of Representatives, plans to vote by the end of next week, sending the trade deal to the Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]

USDA Extends MFP, DMC Deadlines

On Wednesday, the USDA extended sign-up deadlines for the Dairy Margin Coverage program to December 20th USDA officials cited the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year for moving the deadline beyond its original date of Friday, December 13th.  USDA announced it is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program […]

Real Meat Act Introduced in Senate

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the Senate introduced the Real MEAT Act, a bill seeking to end deceptive labeling practices for alternative protein products.  Senator Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, introduced the bill saying it would clarify the definition of beef for labeling purposes, eliminate consumer confusion resulting from misbranding, and ensure that the federal government […]

Wolf Advisory Group Set To Meet Next Month

The next Washington Wolf Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as Thursday, January 9th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The meeting will take place in Tumwater, at the Comfort Inn Conference Center at 1620 74th Ave SW.   The work session will be […]