Warnick: Inslee Overstepped In Agritourism Proclamation

In late August, Governor Jay Inslee issued a coronavirus proclamation specific to the agritourism industry across Washington. And within hours the farm community cried foul. Many took issue with the fact that not only would this proclamation shutdown many farms just as the agritourism season starts to ramp up, but also pointed out that similar […]

USMEF Is Trying To Adapt To Second COVID Wave In South Korea

A new round of COVID-19 restrictions in South Korea’s food service sector has created challenges for U.S. beef producers in one of its largest markets. The South Korean government has heightened social distancing requirement in the greater Seoul area, including restrictions on food and beverage providers, and a suspension of large gatherings. U.S. Meat Export […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/10/20

In today’s Focus On Fruit, we check in with Pear Bureau Northwest’s new Creative Marking manager Neil Ferguson. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Bat Killing Disease Reported In Washington

According to state and federal wildife officials, a bat-killing disease called white-nose syndrome has been discovered in two more Washington counties. The Skagit Valley Herald reported this week, infected droppings were found in Chelan and Snohomish counties. White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats since it was first discovered on the East Coast of the […]

OSU Reports Data Breach

The personal information of some Oregon State University students and faculty members may have been compromised during a computer security breach. According to school officials, a hacker accessed a computer server for the university’s E-campus online education program this summer, gaining access to records containing the names and OSU email addresses of about 1,700 students […]

NCBA, PLC: Time to Delist Grizzly Bears from Endangered Species Act

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council say, “it’s time the grizzly bears are delisted,” from the Endangered Species Act. During a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing Wednesday, lawmakers discussed the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. Introduced last year by Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, a Republican, the bill directs the […]

Johannson Breaks Down Net Farm Income

Despite lower commodity prices and the ongoing pandemic, farmers may end up with higher incomes this year. “Net farm income now is forecast at $102.7 billion dollars, up almost 23% from last year,” said USDA Chief Economist, Rob Johannson. He added USDA’s new income forecast is showing farm receipts from sales of commodities is actually […]

What Lessons Has USDA Learned For The School Lunch Program?

While the pandemic is ongoing, officials at the USDA says they’ve already learned a lot when it comes to the school lunch program, and how things can be run better and more efficiently. Food and Nutrition Program analyst, Liz Hermsen, pointed out that key waivers for school meals programs have been extended through the next […]

EPA Proposes Streamlined Biotech Approvals for Crops

A recent EPA proposal would streamline the regulation of certain plant-incorporated protectants. The proposal allows biotech crops containing pesticide traits to be exempt from select regulations if they meet certain reporting requirements. Specifically, the EPA proposes exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for certain […]

Restaurant Industry Promoting National Food Safety Month

The National Restaurant Association is promoting food safety training, celebrating Food Safety Month through September. As the country continues to battle COVID-19, ensuring that proper safety protocols are in place at restaurants has never been more important for guests, employees and brands. Through its ServSafe program, the association’s food safety and training certification program, the […]