Truth In Labeling Legislation Clears House Ag Committee

By a 12-2 vote Wednesday, the Washington House Ag Committee voted to approve HB 2696 to the floor for a full vote.  According to legislation author Tom Dent, the bill addresses meat and poultry misbranding.  Dent said he’s not opposed to alternative proteins in the marketplace, but he wants consumers to know what they are […]

WSU Files Suit Over Illegal Use Of Apple Variety

Last month Washington State University filed a lawsuit in federal court against a Yakima grower for allegedly infringing on its patent of an apple.  The apple at the center of this controversy is WA-2.  WSU claimed in the January 22nd filing that Pro Orchard Management along with Apple King grew and sold the variety, commonly […]

Becker Resolution Honors Washington Dairy

The old saying is once a dairy farmer, always a dairy farmer.  That was the spirit behind a resolution Washington state Senator Randi Becker’s unveiled Wednesday, honoring the state’s dairy industry.  Becker said many outside of the Ag industry don’t appreciate what dairy farmers mean to the state of Washington.   “They have done a […]

WSU Study Looks At Benefits Of Size For Organic Farms

According to a new study by Washington State University’s journal club, for organic farmers, size is important.  But it’s not the size of the farm that’s key, by the size of the neighboring fields.  The report published in late January found that organic agriculture sites had 34% more biodiversity, and 50% more profits that conventional […]

Oregon Farm Bureau Celebrates Women’s Contributions To Agriculture

On Monday, the Oregon Farm Bureau Women’s Advisory Council hosted a reception for lawmakers to kick off the legislative session.  According to the 2017 Census of Ag, Oregon ranks 4th in the nation for the number of farmers and ranchers who are women.  There are 29,868 female farmers and ranchers in Oregon, representing 44% of […]

Focus On Fruit for 02/06/20

Today, we get you ready for the Produce Safety Alliance grower training courses taking place across Washington throughout the month of February.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]      

USMEF: Hard To Tell What Impact Coronavirus Is Having On Shipments To China

The fear of the coronavirus is having a massive impact on China’s overall economy.  But is it impacting those that demand on that massive market?  Joel Haggard with the US. Meat Export Federation says imported goods continue to enter China, and the government is working to ensure smooth movement.  It remains unclear to see how […]

AFBF: Hemp Rule Needs Small Changes To Benefit American Growers

The comment period on the USDA’s interim final rule on hemp production has closed but not before the American Farm Bureau Federation made recommendations.  AFBF director of Congressional Relations Scott Bennett said the comments focused on three main areas where the rule can be improved for farmers.   “The THC testing limit; Current law is […]

National Cattle Herd Contracts For the First Time In Six Years

Friday’s new USDA cattle inventory report shows the number of cattle and calves on January first at 4.4 million head. That’s down about 0.5% from a year ago.  And in fact we’re seeing declines in beef and dairy cows, replacement heifers for both sectors, and in the 2019 calf crop.   “This is the first […]