NWFCS Anticipates Profits For Wheat Growers, Mixed Bag For Hay Growers

As we wrap up our weeklong look at Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly commodity snapshot, we take a look at wheat and hay. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said their 12-month outlook calls for slightly profitable returns for wheat growers. “The USDA’s projected 2020-21 season average farm price for all-wheat is […]

Wyden Calls For Disaster Assistance for Winegrape Growers

Senator Ron Wyden is asking for additional assistance for winegrape growers impacted by wildfires this year. Oregon’s senior senator made the request to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture this week. In the 2019 disaster relief package, Congress provided $3 million through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, WHIP, for winegrowers whose grapes were damaged […]

$7M USDA Grant Will Help WSU Expand Suicide Prevention Efforts

A new $7 million USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant will expand farmer suicide prevention work already taking place at Washington State University. Don McMoran with WSU Extension-Skagit County, said this will allow them to extend these vital resources to 13 western states and four U.S. territories. McMoran said many outside of the […]

Little: Transportation Infrastructure Vital For Idaho Ag Moving Forward

The focus of all lawmakers, nationwide, since March has been on the coronavirus pandemic. But some are starting to look at life after COVID-19, and how to shuffle priorities moving forward. Idaho Governor Brad Little said the biggest issue he wants addressed is returning certainty to schools, ensuring students don’t have gaps in their learning. […]

Organic Sales Continue To Increase, All NW States In Top Ten

According to numbers from the recent Organic Survey released by the USDA, sales of certified organic commodities increased 31% increase between 2016 and 2019. Livestock and poultry products, primarily milk and eggs, continue to be the top revenue generator, but only increased by only 12% during that three year time period. Crops increased by 38% […]

USDA Looks To Assist Livestock Industry Following Market Disruptions

The USDA recently rolled out three initiatives designed to assist the livestock industry and improve marketing in the wake of a summer market disruptions reported over the past couple of years. “We’re moving forward with some things that we identified USDA could be engaged in and congress has moved forward with several proposals being introduced […]

Northwest Expected To See Drought Relief This Winter

As the United States migrates toward winter weather, drought will remain a problem. In fact, according to Mike Halpert, with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the U.S. is experiencing the most widespread drought, across the continental U.S. since September 2013. He added right now 47% of the country is in some sort of drought. “And the […]

USDA Announces $3.1 Billion Investment in Rural Electric Infrastructure

On Thursday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $3.1 billion rural electric infrastructure investment in 25 states. The Department is investing in 53 projects through the Electric Loan Program, benefitting 1.4 million Americans and businesses across the country. The announcement is part of a record level of USDA electric infrastructure investments in one fiscal year. […]