Apple Industry Looking To Create Specialty Plate To Help WAEF

The Apple Commission is working with lawmakers in Olympia this session, trying to create a specialty license plate to celebrate Washington apples and support the Washington Apple Education Foundation.  If the blue plate featuring the Washington apple logo is approved, generated revenue would be donated to WAEF, the tree fruit industry’s official charity.  Jennifer Witherbee, […]

USMEF: Phase One Will Be A Game Changer For U.S. Beef

China reopened to U.S. beef in 2017, but in the months that followed, American producers only captured a small percentage of the market.  However, that could change under the Phase One trade agreement.  The U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Travis Arp, senior director of technical services/access said changes in the sanitary and phytosanitary barriers for beef […]

Equity Minute: The Value Of A Buy/Sell Agreement

Jake Carpenter with Equilus Financial Group talks about the importance of having a buy/sell agreement to ensure you farm operation or small business continues following a death.           If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

AFBF: Food Insecurity Continues To Be Problem In Rural America

According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, 11.1% of American households were food insecure at some point during 2018, down from 11.8% reported in 2017.   “Food insecure households are defined as those who had difficulty at some point in a given time period providing food for all members due to lack of resources,” said […]

Oil Investors Unmoved By Trade News, Says DeHaan

Despite Congress approving USMCA and sending it to President Trump for his signature, and despite the U.S. and China signing the Phase One trade agreement last week, oil investors remain unimpressed.  Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy.com said oil prices were trading the holiday Monday around $58 per barrel, down considerably from the prices reported last week.  […]

Europe Next On The U.S. Trade List

Phil Hogan, the new Trade Commissioner for the European Union, was in Washington, D.C., last week and spoke about the tense relationship between the EU and the U.S.  According to the New York Times, Hogan promises to “robustly defend” European interests as he justified the European position on trade disagreements with the U.S. over airplane […]

Lighthizer: Phase One More Than Increased Market Access

If you ask U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, he will tell you the importance of Phase One goes beyond increased market access for American farmers and producers.   “The United States and China are two great countries with two great economies, but two very different economic systems. It is imperative that we develop trade and […]

Foreign Ag Service Chases New Trade Opportunities in 2019

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service was busy looking for new trade opportunities in 2019.  Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney said the agency fought throughout the year to unlock new export opportunities for U.S. agriculture around the globe.   Last year, the FAS hosted six trade missions and supported exporter participation in […]

Farm Lending Declines at the End of 2019

Farm lending activity dropped for a second consecutive quarter at commercial banks at the end of last year. A reduction in non-real estate farm lending, particularly for operating loans, was the primary contributor to a reduced volume of loans at banks with portfolios that concentrate heavily on agriculture. The declines came along with additional reductions […]