Canola Workshops, Meeting Scheduled For This Week

The Pacific Northwest Canola Association will host a series for meeting and workshops to help growers, or those interested in growing the commodity.   The first workshop will take place Tuesday in Wilbur, WA, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The second will take place Thursday, again from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in […]

Ericksen: Look At Western Washington Dams Before Removed Those On The Snake

Environmentalists and Washington Governor Jay Inslee say removing the four lower Snake River dams would benefit salmon and other wildlife that call that waterway home.  And while the state recently conducted a study looking at the economic impact to Central and Eastern Washington if those dams are removed, some in Olympia say western Washington take […]

President Trump Expected to Sign USMCA Wednesday

White House and administration officials confirmed to CNN that the president will sign USMCA on Wednesday. The new agreement was one of the president’s biggest priorities during his term and was passed out of Congress just days before the impeachment trial began.  Trump is expected to tout this agreement as an important highlight during the […]

Borjesson Named Dean At WSU Veterinary College

Washington State University has a new dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Dori Borjesson, chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, was named the new dean last week.  Borjesson was chosen following a nationwide search to replace Dr. Bryan Slinker, who had […]

Idaho Lawmakers Looking At Allowing Year-Round Wolf Hunting

A southern Idaho lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow for year-round wolf hunting.  The legislation introduced last week by Senator Bert Brackett would create 11 big game hunting units, primarily located south of the Snake River, as “wolf-free zones,” allowing hunters and trappers to take wolves any time of the year.  The bill […]

Farmers Optimistic About The Year Ahead

Despite the challenges of 2019, a new poll finds farmers are optimistic about the year ahead.  The DTN/Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index rose to 164.1 in December 2019, significantly higher than the Index of 110.2 in March and the December 2018 level of 109.2.  The long, drawn-out, challenging crop year, along with trade battles, didn’t […]

USDA Recruiting for a Trade Mission to the Philippines

The USDA will lead a trade mission to the Philippines, designed to explore new business opportunities with the island nation. The trade mission will travel to Manila on April 20th through 23rd. They’re looking for agribusiness people who want to take part in the trip. Anyone interested should apply to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service […]

Farming Community Welcomes Navigable Protection Rule

Maybe you’re not familiar with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, the replacement to the Waters of the U.S. rule.  But the recent announcement by the Trump Administration is sitting well with many in farm country. “Repealing WOTUS is a big deal,” said Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.   The repeal last October led to the EPA […]

Canada Looking At Promoting Food, Ag Products

The Canadian government is shopping for a marketing company to manage a five-year Buy Canadian food campaign, to launch this summer. Dennis Guy has more.           If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Dowd: Trade Deals Are Coming At Historic Rates

Trade agreements between Japan, China, and the USMCA are all done.  According to Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator of the US Trade Representative’s Office, those deals were done at a pace he referenced to as “historic”.   “Since I’ve been there in 22 months we’ve renegotiated 51% of U.S. Ag exports,” Doud recently noted. When […]