NE Oregon Producers May Be Eligible For Emergency Assistance

NE Oregon farmers that suffered damage in last weekend’s flooding may be eligible for emergency assistance.  That flooding caused severe damage across Wallowa County.  Farms and ranches may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).   For land to be eligible, the flooding must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would: […]

Idaho Launches Farm, Ranch, And Timber Caucus

Supporters of a recently launched bipartisan caucus in Idaho hope to address some of the unique challenges to the Gem State.  The Farm, Ranch and Timber Caucus has members from both the House and Senate looking at how to come up with solutions to issues facing Idaho, all while educating a growing population disconnected from […]

Merkley Joins Farmers Bill Of Rights Resolution

On Monday, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley announced that he had joined several other fellow Democrats in introducing the Farmers Bill of Rights resolution.  Merkley, as well as New Jersey’s Cory Booker, and Representatives Deb Haaland and Chellie Pingree say this affirms the rights of family farmers, ranchers, and traditional agricultural communities.  The resolution outlines ten […]

Lohmann: This Is The Calm Between The Storms

The Inland Northwest is enjoy some sunny and dry weather for the middle portion of the workweek.  And that comes as a welcomed change after active and even wild weather over the weekend that led to flooding and elevated river levels across the region.  Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said despite all […]

AFBF: UK Wants A Trade Deal With U.S.

Since deals with China, Japan and USMCA have been addressed, American Ag has turned its attention to the UK and EU for next-step trade deals.  The American Farm Bureau Federation said London and Brussels have already had words on the EU’s rules demands for the UK to formalize Brexit by the end of this year, […]

Cattle Outlook Positive in 2020

With a plateau in U.S. cattle numbers and strong beef demand ahead, CattleFax says prices are likely to be stronger in the year ahead as consumers at home and abroad support industry profitability.  That’s one of the big takeaways from the CattleFax outlook session in San Antonio, TX.   Kevin Good, CattleFax Vice President of […]

Rural Mainstreet Index Starts 2020 on Solid Ground

January’s Rural Mainstreet Index from Creighton University climbed to its highest level since June of 2018.  It’s the fifth-straight month the reading has been above growth neutral in the survey of bank CEOs in a ten-state region that relies primarily on agriculture and/or energy.  The overall index in January came in at 55.9, up from […]

Crop Insurance Flooding Bill Totals $6.4 Billion

Record flooding in 2019 added a lot of money to federal crop insurance payouts last year.   To date, $6.4 billion has been paid out to growers, most of which farm in the Midwest.  It marks the costliest payout on record. Most of the money is tied directly to spring and summer flooding in states […]

NCBA Elects New President

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has a new president.  Marty Smith, a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Central Florida, was elected during the NCBA’s annual Cattle Industry Convention this weekend.  Smith runs a cow-calf operation that’s been in continuous operation since 1852.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Economics and […]

CoBank Examines Impact of Wal-Mart entering Beef Business

Walmart officially entered the beef business in January when it opened a case-ready beef plant in Georgia after establishing its own Angus supply chain.  The facility is the latest step by Walmart in its vertical integration strategy for food, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division.  If Walmart’s new beef plant and […]