Value Of Washington Ag Comes In Under $10B

The value of agricultural production in Washington last year totaled $9.49 billion, a 2% decrease from 2018 numbers. According to NASS apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state accounting for $1.96 billion last year, an 8% year over year drop. Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2019; while apples were […]

Enrollment Begins for 2021 ARC, PLC

Enrollment is now open for farmers interested in participating in the Agriculture Risk Coverage, or Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2021 crop year. The key Department of Agriculture safety-net programs help producers weather fluctuations in either revenue or price for certain crops. USDA said more than $5 billion in payments are in the process […]

Idaho Cattle Foundation Looks To Fund Education Projects

The Idaho Cattle Foundation is looking to fund educational projects centered around the state’s livestock industry. Idaho Cattle Association Executive Vice President Cameron Mulrony said proceeds from the Unclaimed Livestock Account are used to fund the ICF. “As our state changes, we want to make sure people are educated on Idaho’s second-largest industry. We need […]

UC Davis Researchers Look At Impact Pesticides Loss Of Flowers Has On Bees

Researchers at University of California Davis found the combined threats of pesticides and loss of flowering plants led to a 57% drop in blue orchard bee reproduction, as well as few female offspring. UC Davis graduate student, Clara Stuligross, said usually stressors for bees are studied independently, but in this specific case, it was important to […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/15/20

Apple harvest is underway. Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission has a preview of this year’s progress.

Trump Announces Subcabinet to Modernize Water Resource Management

This week, President Trump signed an executive order seeking to modernize water management and infrastructure. The order creates a Water Policy Committee that the White House calls the Water Subcabinet. The subcabinet will be co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. The committee also includes the Secretaries of Agriculture, […]

New Program Seeks to Close Gaps in US Hemp Supply Chain

High Grade Hemp Seed this week introduced a Farm Partner Program seeking to make consistent, compliant production a reality for the U.S. hemp market. Co-created by Center Pivot Group, the new Farm Partner Program will provide an infrastructure for hemp producers that guarantees a price for hemp flower at harvest. The harvested hemp must be […]

McKinney: USMCA Is Good But Can Be Improved

It may have been lost in the shuffle of this year’s pandemic, but the U.S., Canada and Mexico were able to update their trilateral trade agreement.The updated NAFTA now known as USMCA, and it sits well with USDA’s Ted McKinney. “I’m a believer that the USMCA is very very good and it’s something that can […]

USDA Rolls Out Guarantee Loan Initiative Program

The USDA is out with a new initiative, all in an effort to,” make it easier for private lenders to use our programs to invest in rural economic development,” said deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, Bette Brand. She added 1RD Guarantee Loan Initiative offers a common guaranteed loan application for USDA programs supporting development of […]