Les Schwab Up For Sale

A mainstay for many small communities across the Inland Northwest announced last week it’s up for sale.  Central Oregon based Les Schwab confirmed Tuesday it had hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer.  The company did not disclose a potential buyer or price tag, however, Bloomberg News reported the company can expect a price tag […]

Newhouse: 2019 Pointed Out The Importance Of The Farm Bill

The previous year has been a challenging one for many in the agriculture industry.  Representative Dan Newhouse said farmers across the state, across the nation are struggling right now, facing low commodity prices and export markets that are “challenging”.  Newhouse said the difficult time of 2019 point out the importance of a strong Farm Bill. […]

Future of Farming: America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Application Now Open

To strengthen the future of agriculture, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, works with farmers to award scholarships to students pursuing careers in an agriculture-related field of study.  Jessica Rommel, Grow Ag Leaders Program Manager, says the program was developed in 2015 to help encourage rural students to pursue careers in […]

Rural Mainstreet Index Rises Again

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index remained above growth-neutral in December.  It’s the fourth-straight month, and tenth time in the past 12 months in the Index moved higher.  The index is a monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region that depends on agriculture and/or energy.   While it’s still above […]

“Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” Campaign Reaches Over One Billion Consumers

The “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” campaign relaunched two years ago.  Over that time, the campaign has reached more than one billion consumers with informative digital marketing and social media content.  The campaign was developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and funded by the Beef Checkoff.  The campaign is designed to encourage families to make […]

More Cattle In Feedlots Than Expected In November

Most private cattle trade analysts expected the USDA’s most recent cattle on feed report to show November cattle placements in feedlots to be only about 1% higher year over year.  What they got was a placement number 5% higher than a year ago just under 2.1 million head leaving cattle feedlot inventories on December 1st, 2% […]

When Will Canada Vote On USMCA?

Canada’s Parliament is out for Christmas break.  So, when will our neighbors to the north vote on USMCA?  Dennis Guy says it could be a while before the updated NAFTA is cleared in Canada.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected] […]

Don’t Forget about Wheat in the Phase One Trade Deal

When news broke about the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China, it made the soybean industry especially happy.  But a Bloomberg report says don’t forget about wheat, which could also be a big winner in the agreement.   Speculation is rising that China will work to fill its wheat-buying quota as part […]

Ag Lenders Talk Economic Conditions During D.C. Testimony

Agricultural lenders were on Capitol Hill last week talking with legislators about the current credit conditions in farm country.  An Agri-Pulse report said the lenders appeared before the House Agricultural Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit.  Steve Handke of the First Option Bank in Kansas, said agricultural portfolios are remaining stable but showing signs […]

End Of Year Busy For Customs And Border Protection

For customs and border protection, the holidays are a busy time of year.   “We have seen in past Decembers going all the way back through my career and even before me that people have a higher likelihood of bringing something of agricultural interest,” said Kevin Harriger with Customs and Border Protection’s Agriculture Programs and […]