Honeyford: Ag Industry Should Have Been Part Of Agritourism Discussions

While the Washington economy continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, many in the farming sector feel they were unfairly targeted by Governor Jay Inslee. Late last week, the governor’s office issued rules that many say essentially shut down the agritourism industry. And what frustrated many in farm country was that very similar activities were […]

Royal Slope Designated AVA

Washington now has a 15th American Viticultural Area. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau made it official Wednesday, designating the Royal Slope area as a designated wine grape-growing region. To qualify as an AVA, a wine grape-growing region must be distinguishable by features such as climate, soil, elevation and physical features. One month after […]

Several Horses with Equine Influenza Reported At WSU

According to Washington State University, 11 horses housed at the College of Veterinary Medicine have contracted equine influenza. The horses are a USDA research herd used to study tick-borne parasitic disease. The herd is currently quarantined, and all horses are recovering under veterinary care. Equine influenza is a common, highly contagious respiratory disease of horses […]

Newhouse: We Continue To Work To Include Ag In Future Stimulus Bills

It’s expected that Congress will take up the issue of another round of COVID-19 stimulus assistance later this month, but will agriculture receive any assistance? Discussions around another round of assistance look at the most urgent needs across the country, what some have called a “skinny bill”, which at this point does not appear to […]

Wittman: Farmers Must Change How They Look At Succession Planning

It may be an uncomfortable topic, but one more and more farmers need to have. Succession planning. What happens to the farm after the current generation no longer wants to, or can no longer perform the day to day operation? Dick Wittman of Wittman Consulting in north central Idaho said the first step to proper […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/03/20

This week marks the first officials week of the apple harvest season. Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission has a preview. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Farmland Ownership Interest Growing

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn more interest in farmland ownership. Farmers National Company said recently there is a growing interest by individuals and investment funds in owning land. Part of this interest, according to FNC, is because of COVID-19’s impact on their investment psychology and the desire to invest in a stable, long-term real asset. […]

DFA Seeks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30%

Dairy Farmers of America seeks to become the first U.S. dairy cooperative to set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The national dairy cooperative is setting a science-based target and committing to reduce both direct and value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. By having their targets validated by the Science […]

How Could The Global GDP Impact U.S. Ag Exports

Typically, the Gross Domestic Product, better known as the GDP, grows every year, but not in fiscal year 2020. Global GDP is expected to be down by about 5% from 2019, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. But according to USDA chief economist Rob Johannson, this is a bounce back year. “World GDP gross is expected […]

USFS’ Resource Planning Act Due Soon

The 2020 edition of the U.S. Forest Service’s Resource Planning Act Assessment is due out soon. “Recurring assessment of the current status, past trends, and projected futures of the nation’s renewable resources,” noted Claire O’Dea of the U.S. Forest Service. He added specific categories are covered in sub-reports under the RPA umbrella, including a recently […]