NCW Officials Trying To Track Down Apples Distributed By Inslee

North Central Washington investigators are asking for your helping as they try to track down apples brought to the Bridgeport area by Governor Jay Inslee over the weekend. During his Saturday trip to witness the devastation from area wildfires, the Governor brought apples from western Washington. Will Carpenter Director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and […]

Warnick: Inslee Should Have Followed The Law

Many in the Washington Ag community are not happy with Governor Jay Inslee after he brought apples that contained apple maggot larvae from Thurston County to North Central Washington. While she appreciates the gesture by the Governor, Moses Lake Senator Judy Warnick said the quarantined areas established across the state are not to be taken […]

WSU Receives $3M To Bolster Food Security

Washington State University announced Wednesday a $3 million gift establishing a faculty position to focus on bolstering food security. The funds from the Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Foundation will be used to create an Endowed Chair in Plant Pathology. The gift will be used to conduct focused on reducing losses caused by plant diseases […]

Idaho Farm Bureau Stressing the Importance Of The 2020 Census

Rural America is being reminded the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. Done every ten years to chart the growth and evolution of America’s population, the Census is used to determine representation in a variety of ways. Sean Ellis with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation says its important farm country considers how important, and […]

AFBF Supports Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act

The American Farm Bureau Federation wants Congress to give federal land management agencies additional tools and resources to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires. AFBF and 13 state Farm Bureaus, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, sent a letter Wednesday to Senate leadership supporting the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. The Farm Bureaus […]

AFBF Leaning On Congress To Address CCC

In a typical year, funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation is one of the least controversial items on Capitol Hill. However, as we’ve learned the hard way, 2020 is not your typical year. Andrew Walmsley, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, said CCC funding is in jeopardy unless Congress approves money […]

2021 World Ag Expo Cancelled

Earlier this week, organizers announced the cancelation of the 2021 World Ag Expo. Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center CEO, said, “it has become evident that given health and safety restrictions from the State of California, holding a live, international event is not responsible in February.” Organizers say the decision follows months of research and evaluation of […]

USDA Streamlining Whole Farm Revenue Protection

On Wednesday, the USDA announced changes to streamline the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program. The modifications, according to USDA, will decrease paperwork and recordkeeping burdens for direct marketers beginning with the 2021 crop year. Risk Management Agency  Administrator Martin Barbre said, “These changes will allow more direct marketers who previously could not meet reporting requirements a […]

Report Finds Market Facilitation Program Unfair

A new report says the Market Facilitation Program created deep regional inequities, favored certain crops over others, and funneled money to large agricultural operations over smaller farms. Senator Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee, announced the Government Accountability Office report. Stabenow requested the investigation in February, and said “The Administration needs […]