Central Washington Encouraged To “Know The Dam Facts”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Snake River Dams stakeholder consultant team will hold its third of three public information workshops in the Tri-Cities Monday.  The event will allow those from the Columbia Basin and surrounding area to get a first glimpse of the report, focused on the economic impact to region if the four lower Snake […]

Washington Policy Center: Farmers Do Pay Taxes

Washington state Senator John McCoy raised the ire of many in the farm industry last year when he claimed that farmers don’t pay taxes, but is that true?   A Recent Study conducted by the Washington Policy Center found that statement to be false, noting that farmers and ranchers pay a variety of taxes, including […]

Sowers Anticipates Canola Growth To Continue

One of the commodities that has started to expand greatly in the Northwest is canola.  Throughout 2018 and 2019, the four states that make up the Pacific Northwest Canola Association, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, reported year over year acreage expansion.  Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the PNWCA, expects that interest to continue into this […]

USMEF Excited To Regain in U.S. Market Share In Japan

This is an exciting time at the U.S. Meat Export Federation.  And Vice President of Marketing Jesse Austin said the buzz is thanks exclusively to the new U.S./Japan trade agreement that went into effect January 1st.  Austin said having the tariff disadvantage removed will be a huge benefit that can’t be ignored.   “That optimism […]

FCC Proposing $20.4 billion for Rural Broadband

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai presented his colleagues with final rules to launch the new $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.  Chairman Pai says the fund would “target rural areas across the country where residents currently lack access to adequate broadband.”  The rules will be voted on by the FCC at its Open […]

Senate Committee’s Plan USMCA Approvals

The Senate committees tasked with markup and approval of USMCA are planning to do so quickly. The agreement must be approved through the committees before reaching the full Senate.   Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who’s panel has already approved the agreement, Thursday said, “it takes just a short period of time” for other […]

Toomey, Blumenthal, Announce Food Bank Bill

Bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday, looks to help food banks collect and distribute more food to needy families.  Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced the Food Donation Improvement Act of 2019 Wednesday.   The Senators say new and innovative food assistance models repurpose items from donating entities and […]

USDA Study Looks At Federal Crop Insurance Figures

The type of government payment or even federal crop insurance farms receive depend on the nature of the program themselves.  And further illustration of this comes from the agriculture department’s latest study of Diverse Family Farms.  Research Economist, Christine Whitt, said one example from the study covering all of 2018.   These conservation reserve program […]