USMCA Provides Many Great Opportunities For Northwest Producers, Newhouse Says

After 25 years on the books, NAFTA will undergo a major change starting Wednesday. As of July 1st, the trade agreement between the three countries will be known as USMCA. Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said this will be a great day for farm country, and American producers will benefit in a variety of ways. “You […]

Chumrau: I Look Forward To Connecting With Idaho Wheat Growers

After years with Blaine Jacobson at the helm, the Idaho Wheat Commission has a new Executive Director. Casey Chumrau comes to the IWC after years of international experience with U.S. Wheat Associates, experience she said allows her to help the local grower in a challenging international market. One of the biggest issues facing Idaho growers […]

Washington State University Extends Schulz’ Contract

Washington State University announced Monday a five-year contract extension for President Kirk Schulz. Because of the financial hardship the school has suffered at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, Schulz opted to take a 10% pay cut, as well as foregoing a $50,000 retention bonus called for in his original WSU contract. The pay reduction […]

Price At The Pump COVID 19 May Move Fuel Prices Lower

The last seven days have been very volatile when looking at oil prices. West Texas Crude traded just below $40 per barrel in Monday’s action, that followed a pair of down days late last week. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy said oil prices and fuel prices had been on steady climb higher over the past month, […]

Perrone: Impact Of Coronavirus Not Letting Up

Workers in the meatpacking industries have been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of those workers are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. UFCW President Marc Perrone said the coronavirus pandemic is still going strong and hitting their members, as well as non-union workers, very hard. “Contrary to some […]

Pasture Conditions Continue To Dry Nationwide

As we get ready to say goodbye to the month of June, pasture and rangeland conditions across the country look good. “Just 43% of the nation’s pastures and rangelands in good to excellent condition,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “At the same time the number for very poor to poor ratings is 25%. And the […]

Food Exporters Unhappy with China Clampdown on Imports

China’s General Administration on Customs is asking some exporters to sign forms guaranteeing their products are free from COVID-19 contamination. Politico said that’s not sitting well with many U.S. food producers, who say they’re hesitant to sign off on the new safety protocols when they say it’s highly unlikely their food can even carry the […]

Not All “Meatless” Meats Good for Health/Environment

A Forbes article says science-backed claims that plant-based meats are healthier for both humans and the environment have sparked a wave of veganism. However, all may not be as it appears. Sarah Galetti, the founder of vegan frozen food brand Tattooed Chef, said that many of the vegetarian meat products aren’t as clean as consumers […]

USDA: Plenty Of Meat For 4th of July

Are you planning a big 4th of July cookout?  Well, according to the USDA’s Livestock Analyst Shayle Shagam you won’t have to worry about finding your favorite meat items at the supermarket.  “We have seen production increase around the very low low levels we saw at the beginning of May.” Shagam said not only is […]