Coronavirus Impacts Seattle Portland EIS Meetings

Because of the spread of the coronavirus, the federal government announced Thursday that two Columbia River System public comment meetings have been changed. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration decided that the in-person public comment meetings planned for Seattle and Portland will not be held […]

USDA Trying To Adjust To Coronavirus

The USDA and other federal agencies are making preparations to deal with the further spread of coronavirus, including allowing hundreds of thousands of staffers to telework. “We’ve got over 100,000 people scattered around the country,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “We had some requests for teleworking in Seattle, which we granted. We had some in a […]

Northwest Dry For Mid-March

Spring has yet to start, but the Northwest is already drying out. According to the latest USDA numbers, 40% of Washington is Abnormally Dry, or the D0 designation, while 22% is under the D1 classification, which is a Moderate Drought. Drought conditions continue to expand in Oregon; over 55% of the state is under the […]

Farm Debt Just Short of Record Levels

A new analysis shows total farm debt is near record levels and farm real estate debt is at an all-time high. Agricultural Economic Insights found that this week, total debt stands at $425 billion, just short of the 1981 peak of $440 billion. However, the annual increase from 2000 to 2020 has been achieved through […]

Wyden, Merkley Not Happy With FCC Over Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Oregon’s senators are not happy with what they see as a move to hurt efforts to expand broadband service to rural areas. On Tuesday, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden voiced their criticism after the FCC announced that rural areas that have received state-run broadband funding, or help via the USDA’s ReConnect program, were no longer […]

U.S. Plant Based Food Retail Market Worth $5 Billion

The Plant Based Foods Association says retail sales of plant-based foods have grown 11.4% in the past year, bringing the total plant-based market value to $5 billion. The total U.S. retail food market has grown just 2.2% in dollar sales during this same period. The association, along with the Good Food Institute, says the leading […]

ARC, PLC Deadline Monday

Farmers who have not yet completed their 2019 crop year elections for enrollment in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs must schedule an appointment to do so with their local USDA Farm Service Agency by Monday. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said, ” If you’ve not completed your elections or enrollment, the clock […]

Coronavirus Impacting Agribusiness, Trade

The CME Group physical trading floor will close due to the coronavirus. Much of today’s trade is done electronically. Trade on the floor will end at the close of Friday’s trading session, and all trading will take place on the GME Globex. CME Group said the action is “a precaution to reduce large gatherings that […]