Northwest Senators Call For COVID-19 Help For Wheat Growers

It’s not often that all six of the Northwest Senators are on the same page. But as proven over and over, 2020 is not your typical year. Washington’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Idaho’s Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, and Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined bipartisan group of lawmakers calling on Ag Secretary […]

Taylor: I’m Very Proud How Oregon Ag Has Worked Through The Pandemic

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a year with more questions than answers for the Ag industry across the Northwest and across the country. And as farm county looks ahead to 2021 and the hope of life after the pandemic new questions arise. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture says […]

USTR Announces Plan to Help Produce Farmers

The Trump administration this week released a report outlining its plan to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. The plan follows public hearings held in August, where more than 60 witnesses testified, in addition to over 300 written submissions. USTR will request the […]

AFBF: Conservation Rule Falls Short

Ask the American Farm Bureau Federation, and they’ll tell you the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Final Rule does not remedy unfair enforcement by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS. AFBF Senior Regulatory Relations Director, Don Parrish called the final rule problematic for farmers “If you combine bringing terms into this regulation that […]

Perdue Reminding Producers To Apply For CFAP Money

The deadline is approaching for farmers and ranchers to apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently told the National Association of State Directors of Agriculture the first $16 billion was used for direct payments to help farmers struggling during the pandemic. “And we want to get that money out quickly. […]

AFBF Market Intel: Cash Rents Stable in 2020

Farmland cash rent rates remain stable in 2020, according to a Market Intel analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The analysis found that during 2020, the average cash rental rates for cropland, irrigated cropland and pastureland were $139 per acre, $216 per acre and $13 per acre, respectively. These rates were mostly in line […]

Aid Increases 2020 Farm Income Projections

The USDA announced this week that farmers will earn more net farm income in 2020 due to federal relief programs. Net cash farm income is forecast to increase $4.9 billion to $115.2 billion. In inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars, net farm income is forecast to increase $18.3 billion, and net cash farm income is forecast to increase […]

Farmers are Participating in Virtual Farm Shows

Farm Journal reports more than 50,000 farmers participated in its New American Farm Show experience. The ten-day experience included the Pro Farmer Crop Tour, Farm Journal Field Days and the #FarmON Benefit Concert. A survey of participants found 70% considered the overall experience as very good or outstanding. Meanwhile, 85% plan to participate in another […]