Cantwell: USMCA Can Serve As A Roadmap

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee voted 25-3 to advance USMCA.  Washington’s Maria Cantwell a senior member on the committee, said the updated NAFTA can serve as a roadmap of where the U.S. needs to go when it comes to future trade agreements.  While USMCA will be great for Washington wheat, dairy and wine, she […]

Malcolm: FSA Loans Can Help When Money Is Tight

Will it be a little tougher to get operating capital this spring?  For some the answer is yes.   “And I think it will be instead of a $150,000 operating line, it might be $110,000 or $100,000 operating line,” said Montana Banker Heather Malcolm.  “So, it might not be at the same level, as historically, […]

Snow Could Hit Lower Elevations Soon, Lohmann Says

Mild and windy, that’s how Marilyn Lohmann meteorologist with the National Weather Service described the past couple of weeks across the Inland Northwest.  She noted that the winds have been created by several systems rolling across the area, changing barometric pressure; thus leading to windy conditions.  Those systems have not delivered a lot of precipitation […]

Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer December

The December Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer suggests farmers are optimistic about the future, despite a weakened perception of current conditions.  The survey dropped three points in December to a reading of 150.  The Index of Current Conditions dropped 12 points to 141, down from 153 in November.  Meanwhile, the Index of Future Expectations remained […]

Farm Groups Applaud USMCA Action

Agriculture groups welcome action in the Senate to advance USMCA. Passed by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the agreement is “one step away” from completion. Duvall said passage of the agreement “will protect our valuable trade relationships with our nearest neighbors and return certainty to our markets.” […]

Tips On Paying Down Holiday Debt

For many January means two things; resolutions, and paying for the holidays. Did you get into a little debt with your Christmas gifts? Are the bills starting to flood in?   Gary Crawford has a few ideas what you can do to keep your cool while paying those bills.         If you […]

Wisconsin Farmer Elected Head Of NOA

A Wisconsin native has been elected president of the National Onion Association.  Doug Bulgrin was elected 32nd president of the National Onion Association in December.  He will serve as chief for the national organization for the next two years.  Bulgrin, 46, has been with Gumz Farms and its predecessor, the Lewiston Corporation, for 30 years. […]

NASDA: Policy Dominates 2020 Priorities

Policy issues top the priority list for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in 2020.  The NASDA board of directors identified several policy issues to tackle this year, focusing most efforts on international trade, workforce development, food safety and hemp production.  NASDA is urging lawmakers in the Senate to quickly pass USMCA, which […]

Coca-Cola Company Purchases all Shares of fairlife Milk Brand

The Coca-Cola Company announced the acquisition of all shares of fairlife LLC. Coca-Cola Company takes 100% control of fairlife after previously owning a minority stake of 42.5% of the company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.   Launched in 2012, fairlife LLC started with a high-protein milkshake called Core Power and has grown […]

Holstein Association Encouraging Owners To Transition to RFIDs

Ask Holstein owners, they will tell you when it comes to data, performance information and pedigrees, no other animal can compete with the U.S. Registered Holstein.  A powerful database of genetic information has fueled progress for generations.  And it all relies on a tag; proper identification at birth.   “Everything we do with the Holstein […]