Additional Coronavirus Aid Not Expected Until Late July

Discussions are taking place behind the scenes in Washington D.C., on the next coronavirus aid package. However, what that aid may look like won’t be known until later this month. Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said with so many unknowns that remain about the pandemic it’s difficult to talk specifics about any kind of farmer assistance. […]

WFB endorses Newhouse For Reelection

On Friday, the Washington Farm Bureau announced it was endorsing Representative Dan Newhouse’s reelection effort this fall. The Farm Bureau said it endorsed the third-generation Sunnyside area farmer and former director of the state Department of Agriculture because he understands firsthand the challenges before farmers and ranchers across Central Washington. “Congressman Newhouse has been a […]

UI Combines Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences into New Department

On Friday, the University of Idaho announced an effort to better align with the state’s agricultural industry. As of July 1st, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has combined animal, veterinary and food sciences research, education and outreach into one department. The Idaho State Board of Education approved the proposal last month. Eight food […]

RAMP-Up Act Would Increase Packing Capacity, Supporters Say

The Requiring Assistance to Meat Processors for Upgrading Plants, or RAMP-UP Act, seeks to increase the nation’s meat packing capacity. The bipartisan House bill was recently introduced by Oklahoma Republican Frank Lucas and Minnesota Democrat, and Ag Chairman Collin Peterson. Lucas said the legislation would establish a program to make facility upgrades to existing meat […]

OLCC Helping Oregon Farm Workers

The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, working with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, has donated $10,000 to the Family Meal organization to help Oregon food service and agricultural workers who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The world has experienced unprecedented, negative circumstances due to the loss and hardship caused by the spread of COVID-19,” said […]

Does CFAP Funds Disqualify Producers From Other Assistance Programs?

f you have questions about payments and procedures when it comes to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, you’re not alone. “A question that we’ve gotten from several producers is ‘will this be withheld if I owe USDA money for a loan if I’m behind or delinquent on a loan payment will this CFAP Payment go […]