FCA Issues Report on Economic Conditions in Agriculture

Late last week, the Farm Credit Agency issued its quarterly report on the economic conditions in American agriculture. The report said for the past several years, government payments have played an important role in the farm economy and making up an ever-increasing share of farm income. “For 2020, about two-thirds of government payments are coming […]

CAFE Remains A Priority For UI Ag, Others

While much has changed in the past couple of months because of the pandemic, one thing that has not changed, for the University of Idaho, the importance of the CAFE project. The Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment will focus on research, outreach and education, advancing the sustainability of dairy, livestock and crop […]

Trailblazer Now A Winemaker

Always a wine connoisseur, CJ McCollum is now a wine maker, too.The Portland Trail Blazers guard has a signature wine coming out Tuesday, and apropos of Oregon, it’s a pinot noir. McCollum Heritage 91 is the result of a partnership with Adelsheim Vineyard. “We’re in a bit of a jam because it’s a limited quantity, […]

AFBF Hopes Farmers Use Tool Kit Before Voting

Ask the American Farm Bureau Federation, they’ll tell you the iFarmiVote election toolkit gives farmers and ranchers all the information they need before voting. Michael Sistak, AFBF Grassroots Program Development Director, said you can register to vote and find ballot information on-line. “The voter toolkit is provided to all Farm Bureau members and the public […]

DeHaan: Investors In A Holding Pattern Until Vaccination Is Developed

After a very slight rally in late July and early August, oil prices have returned to their downward trends. West Texas Crude was trading $37 per barrel in Monday’s action. Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy said a lack of optimism internationally has put a cap on prices in a variety of ways. And he doesn’t see […]

NFU Fly-In Moves On-Line

The National Farmers Union is hosting their annual fall legislative fly-in this week, but thanks to the pandemic, the event has moved on-line. NFU President Rob Larew said farmers are facing a long list of challenges in 2020. “Between low commodity prices, corporate control of the food industry, chronic overproduction, global trade disputes, underfunded infrastructure, […]

USDA Expands On-line Services

Farming is not a nine to five job. And to help producers work around their sometimes hectic scheduled, USDA has rolled out near features on-line allowing for business to be conducted around the clock. “We’ve changed the look and feel of the conservation client gate in a way that is more intuitive, more comfortable to […]

Judge: Idaho Fish And Wildlife Can Continue Road Checks

A U.S. District Court judge ruled last week Idaho fish and wildlife officials can continue setting up checkpoint stations to stop all vehicles to enforce hunting and fishing regulations. In his ruling, the judge dismissed Steve Tanner’s lawsuit seeking to ban the roadblocks. Tanner, who wasn’t hunting or fishing, was arrested and cited in late […]

Industry Analyst Looks At 20 Year Evolution Of Beef Demand

Randy Blach, CEO of Cattlefax, said demand for beef has come a long way in the past 20 years. He was a featured speaker during the recent Feeding Quality Forum sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef program. Blach noted the low in beef demand was basically 1998-2000. “This was the low watermark in beef demand. […]

Branstad Stepping Down as U.S. Ambassador to China

Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, will step down to work on the Donald Trump re-election campaign. According to Reuters Branstad’s popularity in Iowa, having served there as governor for over two decades, as an asset to Trump. Branstad will resign and leave China early next month. The resignation was first revealed on Twitter by […]