H-2A Workers Accuse Stemilt Of Violating Federal, State Laws

On Monday a lawsuit was filed against Stemilt Ag Services claiming a violation of federal anti-trafficking laws and more. Two H-2A workers identified in the suit said the Wenatchee-based company violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act as well as the Washington Law Against Discrimination through threats and intimidation. The workers, Gilberto Gómez García, Jonathan […]

Newhouse: Keeping Momentum Behind Workforce Act Proving Challenging

It’s been over three decades the last time Ag labor laws saw major changes in the U.S. Many had hoped that streak would come to an end after the Workforce Modernization Act Cleared the House to wrap up 2019. Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said when the legislation was sent to the Senate for consideration supporters […]

Lohmann: Heat Breaks Just Ahead of Weekend, Returns Next Week For Round Two

If the dog days of summer aren’t here, they are officially on their way. Temperatures across the Inland Northwest soared into the mid-90s to low-100s, as a ridge of High pressure moved in from the Pacific, allowing hot desert air to migrate up from the Southwest. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said […]

USDA Announces Funding to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers

On Tuesday, the USDA announced approximately $15 million to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program. The program is administered by the USDA Office of […]

AFBF Encouraging Ag Businesses To Apply For Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is accepting applications now through July 31 for the 2021 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The Challenge showcases U.S. startup companies addressing challenges faced by American farmers. Dana Mohr with Coeur D’Alene-based HydroSide won the 2020 Ag Innovation Challenge. He noted winning transformed his business. […]

USDA Expects Technology To Continue To Play A Big Role In Census Information

We’re only two years away from the next Census of Agriculture. NASS’ Donald Buysse,  expect the upward trend of paperwork filled on-line to continue. “We got about 100,000 reports electronically via the Internet from the 2007 census. We jumped form roughly 280,000 in  2012 census to almost 450,000 in 2017. And Buysse adds, innovation will […]

USDA Raises Meat Production Expectations

The USDA has raised its estimates of beef, pork, and broiler production. “Basically what we’re looking at here for both 2020 and this carries forward in to 2021 as well is just the fact that we are moving toward more of a normalized slaughter/capacity slaughter volume,” said World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. Much of […]