Larew: NFU Will Focus On Helping Family Farms Recover

In early March, Rob Larew was elected President of the National Farmer Union. He said his years of working with outgoing president Roger Johnson helped train and prepare him for a smooth transition. During his first two years as head of the organization, he said NFU will focus on helping rural America get back on […]

Amid Coronavirus Crisis Duvall Would Like To See Another MFP Payment

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says it’s almost time for a new round of Market Facilitation payments. Duvall said slow implementation of new trade deals, complicated by the COVID-19 crisis, warrants a third round of Market Facilitation payments. “We are approaching the time where we are starting to talk about having another [impact] […]

Coronavirus Continues To Push Oil Prices Lower

Coronavirus is not only dominating the news headlines locally and nationally, but COVID-19 is also dominating the minds of oil investors. And that’s why oil prices have been trading near prices we haven’t seen since 2002, in the low $22 per barrel range. Patrick DeHaan with, said oil prices are completely controlled by coronavirus […]

WAEF Art Contest Deadline Set For May 1st

The Washington Apple Education Foundation is inviting all high school students across Central Washington to participate in the organization’s annual Year of the Apple Art contest. The Washington apple themed contest will grant over $1750 cash in student prizes. First place will receive $1,000, 2nd place $500, and 3rd place $250. In addition to cash prizes for […]

Expert Says Impact Of Coronavirus On Ag Sector Could Be “Scary”

For many Americans, it may be an option to work from home or telecommute during the COVID-19 outbreak, but for America’s farmers that isn’t even an option. Animals must be fed, cows must be milked, and when planting season rolls around farmers have to get into the field. And if a farmer or their labor […]

Perdue: USDA Actively Monitoring Commodity Markets

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said the USDA is “actively monitoring all commodity markets and the flow of food.” The comments on Twitter come as a reply to industry requests last week that USDA protects commodity markets from manipulation. Perdue said, “We are paying special attention to the difference in prices from the farm gate to […]

USDA: NASS Reports Remain on Schedule

According to USDA, NASS’ statistical reports remain on schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including the March 26 Hogs and Pigs and March 31 Prospective Plantings reports. NASS reported the agency also continues to collect data for all upcoming reports, asking farmers and ranchers to complete their surveys online, if they don’t already respond that way. […]

NCBA Asks Capitol Hill about Help for Cattle Producers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says NCBA has been working hard to help cattle producers through the challenges of COVID-19. “As the country reels both economically and emotionally from the spread of COVID-19,” Lane said, “we have worked hard to ensure that cattle producers remain able to focus on […]

Beef Prices Drop Slightly

According to the USDA, while small, beef cattle price declined in early February, but a very sharp decline year-over-year. “Last week, the average five-area steer price, that we track as our benchmark, was $109 per hundred-weight, which was down from about $127 a year ago,” said USDA Livestock Analyst Shayle Shagam. That translates into a […]