COVID-19 Impacting Entire Potato Chain

After a promising start to 2020, hopes for an average, or even a good year have come grinding halt for the Northwest potato industry. Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington state Potato Commission, said coronavirus has had a deep, long-lasting impact on potatoes, not in the fields, but in the processing facility. He said […]

Cherry Producers Out With First Estimate Of The Season

Northwest Cherries is out with the first round estimate for the 2020 crop. The estimate, compiled by growers from across the region, puts this year’s crop at 205,032 tons, or 20.5 million boxes. If that holds true, it would make this year’s harvest smaller than the 2019 crop by roughly 30,000 tons and the smallest […]

NCBA: There Is No Beef Shortage

The livestock industry continues struggling with many unknowns as packing plants try to reopen nationwide. Some of the biggest questions haunting the industry: will scared plant workers come back? Will there be enough personal protective equipment? Will liability protections discourage lawsuits? How much will meat production suffer? “There is no beef shortage…we have plenty of […]

Dry Pattern Leading To Concerns

April was a dry month for most of the Inland Northwest, as evidence by USDA’s recent drought monitor readings. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service says as we get into the heart of May, temperatures will be at or above normal, with precipitation below average. She said that’s concerning when you look at […]

Ag Economy Barometer Reaches Three-year Low

Commodity price declines, supply-chain disruptions, and coronavirus concerns pushed the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer down to a three-year low in April. The barometer recorded a reading of 96, marking the first time the barometer has fallen below 100 since October 2016. April’s reading was also a 72 point drop from February’s record high […]

SBA Opens EIDL to Agriculture

The Small Business Administration announced this week that Ag businesses are now eligible for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and EIDL Advance programs. The EIDL portal has been closed since April 15th, however, the Agency reopened the portal in a limited capacity this week. SBA is reopening the Loan and Advance application portal to […]

Active Wildfire Season Expected For West

What’s the expected outlook for fire season across the west this summer “We’re expecting an above normal fire season Integral factors that are beginning to line up with each other that we tend to see during the busier type seasons,” said National Interagency  Fire Center meteorologist Bryan Henry. He noted those factors include: below normal […]

U.S.-U.K. Trade Talks This Week

Trade talks got underway virtually this week between the United States and the United Kingdom. The talks come more than 18 months after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the intent to begin talks with the United Kingdom. The talks started Tuesday with a video conference. In March, the U.K. published its objectives […]

Are We Cleaning Too Much?

In our zeal for disinfecting, we sometimes not only misuse house chemicals, we use them on things that don’t need it. Kansas State University Extension Spokesperson, Karen Blakeslee, said CDC reports several incidents like that. “One was a person who decided to soak her fresh produce in a mixture of bleach, vinegar, and water.” Putting […]