Newhouse Pleased That Apples, Potatoes Added To CFAP List

On Thursday, the USDA announced an adjustment to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Apple, potato and blueberry producers are now eligible for direct CFAP payments. Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said this adjustment is key for the farm economy, especially Northwest producers. “And I, as you know, have been very involved in leading efforts to educate […]

Franklin, Walla Walla Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas

On Thursday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Washington’s Franklin and Walla Walla counties as primary natural disaster area. That means producers in those two counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for emergency FSA loans. Thursday’s designation came just a day after the FSA announced they would permit emergency haying and […]

Yakima Water Rights Completely Restored

On Thursday, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that not only will senior water rights holder in the Yakima Basin get their full allotment of water; but in addition, junior water rights holders will receive up to 100% of their water. Reclamation’s decision was based on the July total water supply forecast which showed considerable improvement […]

Trump, Obrador Celebrate USMCA

U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate USMCA. The agreement recently became the law of the land in North America. After multiple meetings among senior officials from both nations, the U.S. and Mexican presidents signed a joint declaration commemorating the July 1st entry-into-force […]

What Do States Want From USMCA?

What do individual states expect now that USMCA is on the books and being enforced? “One thing that’s exciting about USMCA from state perspective; you know we talk about modernizing the the agreement and a lot of that focuses on digital trade aspects or biotechnology,” said Max Moncaster with the National Association of State Departments […]

USDA Announces FMD Vaccine Bank Investment

On Wednesday, the USDA announced the initial purchase of vaccines for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will invest $27.1 million for foot-and-mouth disease vaccines, which the agency would use in the event of an outbreak. The vaccine bank was created in the 2018 farm bill. […]

Carbon Credit Market Must Have Economic Intensives, Ag Groups Say

On Capitol Hill last week, the Senate Ag committee heard testimony of how best to create a workable carbon credit market system for farmers. American Farm Bureau Federation President, Zippy Duvall, said whatever is created will not get much farmer support without clear rules. “We don’t need another program that’s so complicated that we have […]

Don’t Leave Dairy Behind in Japan Negotiations

A total of 50 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week, urging him to work swiftly on a Phase Two Agreement with Japan. The letter was also sent to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. They say the recent Phase One agreement with Japan made progress on several important […]