What Do Consumers Need To Know About Washington Farmers During COVID-19

Like any other sector of the American economy, agriculture has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with contracts and customer bases disappearing because of stay at home orders around the globe. However, the farming community has also faced criticism for “wasting food” whether that’s dairy producers dumping milk, or vegetable growers turning over fields. […]

AFBF: Ag Needs More COVID-19 Help

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation agriculture’s rescue needs in any new COVID-19 Congressional aid package are huge, well more than help already provided. Ag losses already in the billions are growing by the day, from meat plant shutdowns and retooling costs, to livestock losses, to crop and dairy losses in mountains of unsold […]

McMorris Rodgers: Accurate Testing For Falling Numbers Remains A Priority

For wheat growers across the Northwest, 2016 was a year many would like to forget, or at the very least never revisit. That year, growers across Washington, Oregon and Idaho struggled with low Falling Numbers, which brought into question the quality of the wheat by some customers. While the Falling Numbers issue has not been […]

Multiple Meatpackers Will Reopen This Week

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said meatpacking facilities across the U.S. will be reopening this week. He said the companies are opening up again “safely” and are a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure. These facilities have resumed or plan to resume operations this week following an Executive Order from President Trump directing the facilities to […]

Are We Spending More Time Preparing Meals?

Do you feel like you, perhaps your household, spend more or less time with food-related activities? “Eating and drinking, food preparation, clean-up related to food preparation, grocery shopping, the time doing grocery shopping, purchasing non-grocery food that, could be from restaurants also the time and the wait that you spend related to purchasing those foods,” […]

McCarthy Setting up a “Chinese Task Force”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he’s forming a Republican “China Task Force,” citing Chinese ownership of Smithfield Foods as part of the reason behind the move. The Hagstrom Report said McCarthy found it interesting that “China owns a processing plant in South Dakota” and wondered if that could be a challenge for the U.S. […]

Protecting Workers A Priority For Farmers Across the Northwest

Farms across the country have policies in place to keep farmworkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Washington Bulb Company, outside of Mt. Vernon, more than 70 million cut flowers are shipped all over the U.S. annually. At its peak, the farm employees roughly 500 employees, but has around 200 employees year-round. Washington Bulb […]