Hutchins Featured Speaker During UI Ag Days

This is Ag Week on the University of Idaho campus. And prior to the pandemic, the UI was planning on wrapping up the weeklong event with a keynote address from USDA deputy undersecretary Scott Hutchins. But, after the pandemic broke out, school officials worked to move Ag days into the virtual world. Because of that, […]

AFBF: 2018 Farm Bill, COVID-19 Cost Dairy Industry Millions

The 2018 Farm Bill modified milk pricing rules to facilitate improved risk management for beverage milk processors, cooperatives and dairy farmers. While the goal of improving risk management was achieved, American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton says the change cost dairy farmers millions. “It got rid of what was the higher-of, in the […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/08/20

October is National Pizza Month. How is the Pear Bureau Northwest celebrating? Neil Ferguson has the details. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Group of Ag Leaders Endorse Biden-Harris

A group of agriculture and farm leaders offered their support for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in an open letter. The leaders said agriculture is threatened by both environmental and economic challenges. The letter states, “America needs strong leaders who will tackle these challenges and shape policies that encourage agriculture to flourish.” The letter adds, “These […]

NMPF Supports Efforts to Modernize Animal ID and Disease Traceability Requirement

The National Milk Producers Federation has submitted comments supporting the USDA’s proposal on the use of Radio Frequency Identification Tags, RFIDs. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposes RFID tags as Official Identification in cattle and bison. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, “A national animal identification system can provide immediate access to […]

R-CALF Only National Cattle Organization Opposed to RFID Tags

R-CALF USA is the only national cattle organization opposed to a proposal to mandate radio frequency identification eartags starting January 2023. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposal would require RFID tags as Official Identification in cattle and bison. R-CALF USA requested APHIS withdraw its proposal because it “unlawfully amends substantive […]

North Central Oregon Depredation Attributed to Heppner Pack

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators were called out to a dead 450 pound calf found in Morrow County Monday. The calf was found on a gravel road adjacent to a large timbered private pasture. Investigators said it appears the calf had been dead for less than 24 hours. The depredation, the 14th of […]

Food Prices Up Year-Over-Year Across The Board

For food shoppers, 2020 has been one of those years where almost everything at the local grocery store moved up in price. In her latest food price forecast for the entire year, USDA Economist, Caroline Shelley, said there’s only one food category where prices may not increase from 2019 to 2020; fresh fruit. Shelley said, […]

AgCareers Releases Compensation During COVID-19 Report

A special report from AgCareers highlights agriculture’s workforce and compensation during the Coronavirus pandemic. The special report provides a hyper-focus on the most critical components facing agribusinesses during COVID-19. The topics include workforce planning, wellness/benefit programs and compensation practices related to salary administration for 2020 and 2021. The report finds 81% of agribusinesses did not […]

CFAP Application Open Through Mid-December

Even if lawmakers have not forged an agreement on a short-term government spending bill, keeping the federal government running through mid-December, Round 2 of the Coroniavirus Food Assistance Program, CFAP, would have still continued. “The money to fund CFAP 2 was part of the CARES Act and their was language in their that replenished CCC […]