NWFC Expect Profits For Apple Growers, Break Even For Pear Growers

When it comes to the tree fruit industry, Northwest Farm Credit Services expect mixed results this year.  Bill Perry, Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Vice President said when it comes to apple growers, their 12-month outlook calls for slight profits.   “The large crop has tempered prices,” Perry noted.  “However, good fruit movement and continued trade […]

Schoesler Ag Community Needs To Be Active During 2020 Session

The 2020 Washington legislative session got underway Monday in Olympia.  For senator Mark Schoesler, a Ritzville area wheat farmer, he said his push this short session when it comes to agriculture is “do no harm”   He said he’s concerned that several proposals and ideas will have a negative impact on rural Washingtonians.  For example, […]

Northwest Hay Expo Kicks Off Wednesday

The 2020 Northwest Hay Expo runs Wednesday and Thursday at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.  Andrew Eddie, Vice President at the Washington state Hay Growers Association says this two event has grown to become the largest forage even in the Northwest.  He added in addition to great networking opportunities and educational classes, this […]

Newhouse Asks USTR To Strengthen Washington Asparagus Industry

On Tuesday, Representative Dan Newhouse sent a letter to Robert Lighthizer, urging the U.S. Trade Representative to take further action to support and strengthen the Washington asparagus industry.   “While I am very appreciative of your progress with USMCA and look forward to the Senate completing their work, the Washington asparagus industry remains concerned by unfair trade […]

Cold Temperatures Expect Through This Week

What a difference a week can make.  The first week of January saw mild temperatures and rain showers for much of the Inland Northwest.  Enough in fact that the lower Columbia Basin and Palouse saw soil moisture levels improved considerably.   However, as Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather service pointed out, the system pumping […]

McConnell: Senate to Process USMCA This Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggests the Senate will vote on USMCA this week.  Bloomberg News expects a vote Thursday, as the Senate committees required to sign off on the implementing legislation are doing so quickly.  However, a final vote has not been confirmed.   The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the agreement […]

Wheat Stocks Across the Northwest Up 9% Year Over Year

According to NASS, all Wheat stocks stored across the Northwest increased 9% from December 1st 2018.   In Washington, wheat stored in all positions, as of  December 1st 2019, totaled 128 million bushels, up six million bushels from a year ago.  Off-farm stocks were up 5%, while on-farm stocks were unchanged from previous year.   […]

NCBA: Beef Quality Assurance Program Continues To Grow

According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Beef Quality Assurance program continues to grow significantly.  NCBA reports there are now more than 100,000 cattle producers certified through the BQA online learning system.  The online option was introduced by NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, in early 2017.   Since the BQA program was […]

AEM Reports 2019 Full-year Tractor, Combine Sales

Farmers bought more tractors last year compared to 2018, but combine sales remained flat. A new report for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says for 2019, a total of 244,600 tractors were sold, which compares to 236,180 sold through December 2018, representing a 4% year over year incease.   In 2019, two-wheel drive smaller tractors, […]

GMA Rebrands as Consumer Brands Association

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is now the Consumer Brands Association, as part of a rebranding effort.  Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the association, says the Consumer Brands Association is “an entirely new organization with a focused, compelling agenda.”  The association represents the grocery product industry.  Research by the organization suggests the association should focus […]