McCain To Restart Construction Of Othello Expansion

After being paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, work on the McCain Foods expansion project in Othello is set to resume in early October. On Tuesday, the frozen food company announced it would restart construction of its 170,000 square foot expansion of its potato processing facility. Company officials said the $300 million investment will significantly […]

Syngenta Rolls Out New Wheat Seed Variety For PNW

Syngenta is out with a new AgriPro wheat seed variety that company officials say will help with consistent performance. In early-September, Syngenta announced AP Venom, an AgriPro brand hard Red Spring Wheat that has been tested for both spring and falling plantings. Riley Hille with AgriPro said AP Venom is an excellent example of the top-performing […]

WSU: Grafting Can Help Prevent Verticillium

Researchers at Washington State University claim to have developed a methodology for grafting watermelon plants onto disease resistant root stocks in an effort to prevent diseases like verticillium wilt. Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center Interim Director WSU’s Carol Miles said the disease is especially problematic in the Columbia Basin because it can be carried […]

Dry Weather Continues Into Early October

A new month, but the same weather pattern. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said September was a dry month, and for much of Central Washington and extremely dry month, and she expects that pattern to continue. Lohmann noted that October is a month that typically shows some of the most dramatic change, […]

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Surpasses 100 Million Boxes Delivered

On Tuesday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Perdue stated, “It is incredible to think that in a little more than five months, this food box program has gone from an idea to a reality that has provided […]

Cattle On Feed Numbers Remain High

The USDA’s most recent cattle feed lot report shows a lot of activity nationwide. First, the inventory of cattle and calves in feedlots (with capacity of 1,000 head or more) was 11.4 million head as of September 1st. According to USDA Livestock Analyst Shayle Shagam, that was the highest inventory level since 1996. “Despite the […]

Deputy Chief Calls 2020 Unprecedented Fire Year

he 2020 wildfire season and the recovery to this point was the focus on a recent House Ag sub-committee hearing. “As of September 19th, there have been almost 43,000 fired that have burned more than 7.2 million acres across all jurisdictions. In addition to homes and property damage, these fires have taken lives.” In his […]

FMI Special Midyear Report Outlines Increased Grocery Purchases

FMI, the Food Industry Association, recently released a special mid-year report on meat sales in grocery stores. The report takes a fresh look at what was happening in the meat industry from the shopper’s perspective amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, shoppers quickly started stocking up on all types […]

U.S./UK Trade talks Progressing

The United States and the United Kingdom wrapped up the fourth round of trade talks this month, with another round planned for mid-October. The UK Department of International Trade says, “Significant progress has been achieved since launching negotiations in May 2020, and most chapter areas are now in the advanced stages of talks.” Chief Ag […]