Voigt: Great Potential Lies In Vietnam, the Philippines

While 2019 was a good year in the world of trade for many farmers, Chris Voigt it hoping for even bigger days ahead. The Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission said between Phase One, and both China and Japan expanding chipping potato opportunities, the past six months have been encouraging for local growers. […]

China Makes Large Purchase of U.S. Wheat

The wheat industry was energetic late last week on the news that Chinese buyers purchases 340,000 metric tons, or 12.5 million bushels of U.S. hard red winter wheat. The purchase is scheduled for delivery during the 2020-2021 marketing year. This represents the largest purchase by China since the country implemented retaliatory tariffs against U.S. wheat […]

Agriculture Among Nation’s Most Critical Industries

The Department of Homeland Security recently affirmed the importance of agriculture, especially during a pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak. DHS said public health, law enforcement, food and agriculture, defense, and 12 other industries are “critical,” and should keep to their usual work schedules to help respond to the outbreak. The guidance from DHS is designed […]

Future Of Farming: FFA Encouraging Members To Tell Story Virtually

Because of the coronavirus, the national FFA is encouraging all members to virtually tell the story of Ag. For tips on telling your story virtually, or to check out what other FFA members have done, visit the FFA’s National Website. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or […]

Could COVID-19 Be Done By Summer?

A risk management specialist in Canada says that if a long history of viral pandemics repeats itself, our current coronavirus will just be a bad memory come summer. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

State Department will Keep Processing Seasonal Ag Worker Visas

The U.S. State Department said late last week that it will continue to process visas for seasonal workers. The announcement came shortly after the State Department said it would suspend routine visa services in most countries indefinitely. The Wall Street Journal said the reversal came as lawmakers asked the administration to do whatever it could […]

USMEF: Canada Signing USMCA Good News For American Beef Producers

With the Canadian parliament’s recent approval of the USMCA, it’s only a matter of time before the updated NAFTA is on the books. The Trump Administration is hopeful to have USMCA implemented by early June. U.S. Meat Export Federation President Dan Halstrom said this is great news for American red meat producers, and welcomed relief […]

AFBF Asking For Help On H-2A Front

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the move by the U.S. government to suspend visa processing in Mexico to combat the spread of coronavirus could cause a serious farm labor shortage at a key time for planting and harvesting. And the AFBF is asking for a tamer solution. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says the move […]

Almond Byproducts Have Great Potential

The United States produces just over one million tons of almonds a year, but when we buy them, we only see the edible nut, and not the whole picture. USDA Botanist Dee Wood has been working on finding new uses for the hulls and shells so they don’t become a big waste disposal problem. She […]