AFBF Concerned Farm Bankruptcy Trend Will Continue

Farm bankruptcies were rising before the coronavirus pandemic, and more challenges are ahead. American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton said the trend is concerning. “What we’ve seen is over the last 12 months ending March 2020 is Chapter 12 bankruptcies in the Unites States totaled 627 filings, that was up 23%. While it’s […]

Rainfall Not Only Factor That Determines Wheat Yields In the Northwest

Many wheat growers across the Northwest will say it’s rainfall that determines a good crop with high yields from not so strong years. But is that true? Cat Salois director of Research and Technology with The McGregor Company said recent work conducted in the international Maximum Wheat Yield Project looked at the yield gaps that […]

March Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

The FSA announced this week that March triggered the first payment to dairy farmers enrolled in the Dairy Margin Coverage program. The March income over feed cost margin was $9.15 cwt. Current projections indicate that a DMC payment is likely to trigger every month for the remainder of 2020, a different expectation from last July […]

Focus On Fruit for 05/21/20

How has the coronavirus impacted the Washington apple industry? Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission takes a look. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Dent: Now Is the Time To Prepare For the 2021 Session

Dent said it starts now, getting to know your state representatives and senators, regardless of political affiliation. And be active during the spring and summer months.   “Be willing to attend different farm tours, and get some folks out there, and meet the legislators we’ll bring over there from the west side.  Build those relationships […]

Perdue: Pandemic Stresses The Importance Of The Food Supply Chain

USDA head Sonny Perdue was recently asked about the coronavirus pandemic, and the effect it has had on country, both farmers and everyday Americans. “Every crisis has its own language if you think about it and who in America thought about food supply chain prior to now?” Perdue said. “We had a production scheme, a […]

Research Shows More Children May Face Hunger Next Year

The number of people in the U.S. who are food insecure will likely skyrocket over the next year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the University of Illinois and Feeding America, soaring unemployment and poverty rates may lead to record numbers of food-insecure households. Almost 55 million Americans could lack access to adequate food. […]

Ag Retailers: New EPA Transparency Rule a Positive Step for Agriculture

The Agricultural Retailers Association calls a proposed rule on transparency by the Environmental Protection Agency a positive step forward for agriculture. This week, the EPA announced the proposal to establish requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance. ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock says the proposal “will not only provide the opportunity to be […]

Could Robots Take Over In Meat Processing?

Turning beef cattle in to cuts of beef takes a lot of hands-on labor, and events of late have some people asking if robotics can be used more in meat plants? “Now part of becoming a university professor I was the research manager for Smithfield Foods, and we tested a lot of that type of […]

SNAP Online Purchasing to Cover 90% of Households

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week approved 13 states for online food purchases with SNAP benefits. Once operational, online purchasing will be available in 36 states and the District of Columbia, home to more than 90% of SNAP participants.  Perdue also announced an expansion of independently owned and operated retail stores beyond those included in […]