Newhouse, Thompson Ask For Relief For Wine Industry

On Friday, Dan Newhouse and Mike Thompson, co-chairs of the Congressional Wine Caucus sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue seeking COVID-19 relief for wine grape growers. The bipartisan letter, signed by 41 members of Congress, is in response to the fact that wine grapes were not included in the list of commodities eligible […]

Two Human Cases Of West Nile Reported In Central Washington

The Washington state Department of Health confirmed Friday the first two human cases of West Nile Virus for 2020. DOH said one was reported in a Yakima County man in his 50s, who was hospitalized due to the infection. The second was reported in a Benton County man in his 60s who was not hospitalized. […]

GOP ‘Skinny Aid Package’ Fails To Get A Vote In Senate

Legislation supporters say would have provided $20 billion in pandemic farm aid, failed last week, after Senate Democrats used a filibuster to hold off a vote. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP lacked the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster on their so called “Skinny Aid Package”, so the legislation failed to […]

Food Box Program Continues To Help Those In Need

Under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, better known as CFAP, the USDA’s AMS runs the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. “As of this week we will have delivered about 80 million boxes of food to 10,000 charities around the United States and the four territories,” noted AMS administrator Bruce Summers. “It’s not just a […]

National Weather Service: La Niña is Officially Here

After months of observation, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said it was made official last week, that  La Niña has developed in the southern Pacific Ocean. He noted that will not only impact weather in the Northwest and U.S., but globally as well. Rippey noted La Niña most likely is the reason we’ve see drought numbers […]

Retiring Farmers Looking At Auction More And More

More and more retiring farmers going are the auction route as part of their succession and transition plans. But as Rod Bain points out, farmers that look at the auction route have several things to consider and prepare for prior to sale day. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call […]

AEM Asking Congress to Extend the FAST Act

Last week, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and several industry partners sent a letter to Congressional leadership, asking for a one-year extension of the current surface transportation law. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is set to expire on September 30. As our industry and our country continues to navigate the lasting effects of […]

USDA Updates Egg Inspection Process

For the first time in 50 years, the USDA is updating its egg product inspection methods. “The last time we did make a change to the egg product inspection act was in 1970 when we last changed the way that we’re performing inspection methods, noted Paul Kiecker Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator. “This catches […]

USDA Looking for Input on Ag Innovation Agenda

To further the USDA’s work on its Agricultural Innovation Agenda, the agency is asking for public-and-private-sector input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across the country. USDA is looking for ready-to-go technologies and practices that will help achieve its goal of increasing agricultural production by 40% to help meet […]