Shewmake: Legislation Will Help Farmers Reduce Carbon In Atmosphere

A bill supporters say will help Washington farmers reduce carbon in the atmosphere, all while improving soil health, was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday. But, paying for “carbon farming” can be challenging for producers who already operate on a thin profit margin. That’s where Senate Bill 5974 comes in. Representative Sharon Shewmake, a […]

Perdue: Don’t Expect A 3rd Round Of MFP Payments

Don’t expect a third round of Market Facilitation payments, despite a recent tweet by the president strongly suggesting one. Addressing the House Agriculture Committee, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently said too much is being read into the president’s tweet regarding a possible third MFP round. “It was preceded by two, a major word, the two-letter […]

McKinney: Phase One Has Traction

USDA Undersecretary, Ted McKinney, said he believes the Phase One Trade Deal with China, in his words “has traction” and will last. “It really wasn’t going to get going until the lunar New Year was over anyway that was delayed by an extra week so we’re not so far behind despite coronavirus,” McKinney recently said […]

Valley Insights: The Roll Out Of 365

Valley Insight’s Craig Bell takes a look at how the roll out of Valley 365 will benefit irrigators across the Inland Northwest. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Study Shows Meat Demand Will Remain Strong in 2020

It looks like meat demand will remain strong in the coming year. The Food Industry Association and the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research, along with the North American Meat Institute Foundation, combined to produce their 15th-annual in-depth study of meat and poultry from the consumer’s perspective. The Power of Meat 2020 takes a deep […]

Texas A & M Analyzes Trade Aid Distribution

Texas A & M University published its analysis of the Trump administration’s trade aid program. The study’s authors say, “There’s no denying that the trade aid package, especially the Market Facilitation Program, has had a significant impact on farm income in the U.S.” Across all of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center’s 63 representative crop […]

Focus On Fruit for 03/05/20

Washington State University’s Dr. Scott Harper talks about X phytoplasma, and the importance of grower remaining vigilant. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Farmers Union Sets Policy Priorities

The National Farmers Union said it’s looking for measures that will bring some certainty to the farm economy in 2020. The organization will emphasize bringing the question about agricultural certainty to presidential candidates. Newly elected NFU President Rob Larew said after the organization’s annual convention, “The special orders the delegates passed to set priorities for […]

Vietnam to Buy $3 Billion in U.S. Farm Products

Vietnam is committing to buy $3 billion in U.S. farm goods to shrink the soaring trade surplus it has with America. Bloomberg says the Asian nation is looking to appease the Trump administration, which isn’t happy about the deficit. Vietnam is also looking to satisfy the complaints of U.S. companies that face difficulties in accessing […]

Addressing The Real Problem Of Food Waste

It’s a topic we’ve discussed quite a bit here on the Washington Ag Network, the problem of massive food waste in the United States. “Every year American consumers, businesses, and farms spend about 218 billion dollars a year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that’s never eaten,” said Dr. Tara McHugh, director of the […]