Washington Snowpack In Great Shape To Start April

As we prepare to start winding down the snow season, the Washington statewide snowpack is in great shape. As of April 6th, the statewide snowpack was 111% of average. Scott Pattee with NRCS noted the current snowpack numbers are some of the best reported across the state all year. “And we had some good high […]

Perry Expects Profits For Apples, Break-even For Pears

As we continue our quarterly commodity snapshot series, we move to the tree fruit industry. Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Bill Perry said when looking at the ear industry, their 12-month profitability index indicates break-even numbers. “A smaller crop is helping move the pears. However, pack outs are low this year and growers with poor quality […]

Coronavirus Continues To Be Chief Concern On Minds Of Oil Investors

Oil prices continue to remain at some of the lowest prices we’ve seen in ten plus years. On Monday, West Texas Crude was trading lower, around $26 per barrel. And as it has been for the past two plus months, coronavirus continues to push oil prices lower. Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy.com says even if the […]

Senators Seek Flexibility in FSA Loans

Lawmakers are urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to make temporary flexibilities on Farm Service Agency loans permanent for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan letter signed by 43 senators urge Perdue to “take action to ensure the continuity of our country’s food supply and support rural areas during the coronavirus.” The senators seek […]

VP, Ag Secretary Offer Thanks To Food Distribution Workers

With much of the country under a stay at home order, many Americans are not going to work. But, the folks who produce and distribute our food are on the job, and getting thanks for their efforts. “Thank you for doing a great job, for keeping food on the table for the American people.” Vice […]

Tips On Keeping The Farm Healthy During COVID-19

Many businesses are pretty much able to function with people tele-working from home but obviously for farms and related businesses, as Mike Keenan, RMA insurance expert pointed out, “our conditions are different than an office setting.” He added there is some farm desk work that can be done from somewhere else, but a lot of […]