Last Minute Carbon Bill Leads To Frustration In Ag Community

Many in the farming community feel the Ag industry was, at the very least, left out of many legislative conversation this year in Olympia. And some feel legislation targeted Washington Farmers. For example, as logger, farmers and others rallied last week in Olympia protesting House Bill 1110, the Low Carbon Fuel Standards, lawmakers introduction House […]

Evans Fruit Workers Claim Poor Working Conditions, Walk Out

Roughly a dozen Evans Fruit employees walked off the job in Sunnyside Friday, claiming poor working conditions and pay discrepancies. According to the Yakima Herald, the employees walked out after they reportedly worked 12 to 15 hour days, spraying pesticides. Those workers also said they were not provided proper equipment to do their job or […]

AWW Names 2020 Honorees

Earlier this week, Auction of Washington Wines announced its honorees for the 2020 season of events, including Karen MacNeil of Wine Speed and “The Wine Bible”, the best-selling wine book in the U.S., as Honorary Chair. Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery is the Honorary Vintner, and Rob Mercer of Mercer Estates Winery is the Honorary Grower. AWW’s annual series of wine […]

Focus On Fruit for 03/12/20

The Washington Apple Commission’s Toni Lynn Adams says the recent warm weather has many growers looking forward to the season ahead. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

RDO Wrapping Up AMS Clinic Series Thursday in Coulee City

Technology is everywhere in agriculture, changing and transforming at a breakneck pace. To help local growers RDO is hosting their Ag Management Solutions Clinic Thursday in Coulee City. RDO’s Erin Hightower said their goal is to help producers understand and unlock all of the possibilities that exist in the latest farm equipment. She added when […]

USDA Reports Progress on Implementation of China Phase One Agreement

On Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture said there’s progress in the implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said China has taken several additional actions to reach its agriculture-related commitments. The actions include the signing of a protocol that allows the importation of fresh California nectarines, and the lifting of […]

Dairy Farmers Descend on Capitol Hill

Dairy farmers from the National Milk Producers Federation are in Washington, D.C., this week visiting with lawmakers. The visits are part of a fly-in calling for an agricultural labor bill that could be reconciled with a plan the House approved last year, providing the stable, secure labor force U.S. dairy producers need. U.S. dairy producers […]

Pet Food Manufacturers Feed America’s Pets and Agricultural Economy

New research finds that U.S. pet food manufacturers provide balanced, safe meals for America’s dogs and cats, and also stimulate the overall agricultural economy. The Institute for Feed Education and Research, North American Renderers Association, and Pet Food Institute released a new the jointly funded report Wednesday. The research found that through the purchase of […]

CRP Grassland Sign-up Just Around The Corner

If you did not choose to enroll acreage in the recently concluded CRP general sign-up, there are other USDA Farm Service Agency programs to participate in under the CRP banner. And one sign-up session will get underway soon. “This year the sign-up period for CRP Grasslands is March 16th-May 15th, noted FSA Administrator, Rochard Fordyce. […]