WSDA Rolls Out Pandemic Relief Grants For Small Meat Processors

To help the meat processors across the state, many of which are relatively small in size, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has made pandemic relief grants available. The funds will go to help address expenses associated with improving capacity during the coronavirus pandemic. The WSDA’s Laura Raymond said local meat processors have been under […]

Consumers Are Stocking up Again Amid COVID, Political Unrest Fears

Americans are again stocking up the pantry over supply chain, coronavirus and political unrest fears. In a report from industry publication Progressive Grocer, research shows more than half of Americans say they’re stockpiling groceries or plan to stockpile. The research cites worries about supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 surges and political unrest amid the […]

ID, WA projects part of USDA’s Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Funds

Earlier this week, the USDA announced an $891 million investment in rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 43 states, including Washington and Idaho. Funding 220 projects, the investment will help improve rural water infrastructure for 787,000 residents. The projects are being funded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. Projects in […]

U.S. Lamb Sales Reported 2nd Quarter Increase

According to the American Lamb Board checkoff, retail sales of all lamb in the U.S. have increased. Retail sales between April 20th and July 12th increased 8.6% year over year. That comes out to 16.3 million pound of lamb sold, valued at $137.8 million during the 2nd quarter. In the last four weeks of the […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/29/20

As harvest starts to wrap up, Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission takes a look back on 2020. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

British Columbia Invests Nearly $5M To Protect Farm Workers During Pandemic

The Canadian government announced this week plans to invest $4.9 million to further protect farm workers in British Columbia during the pandemic. The funds announced by Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will help farmers with direct infrastructure improvements to living quarters and work stations, temporary or emergency housing (on or off-farm), as well […]

Farmland Transfer Program Secures New Funding to Help a New Generation of Ag

American Farmland Trust prides itself as protecting agricultural land, as well as promoting environmentally-sound farming practices and keeping farmers on their farmland. To do that, AFT has just received an award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA, under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to fund the “Transitioning Land to a […]

EQIP Rules Published In The Federal Register

The final rule for the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, EQIP is now published in the Federal Register. “This final rule is just really what I would call a tweaking of the wording, but not any substantially new regulation coming through the final rule than what people actually saw in the interim final rule.” Which […]

No Changes Expected For 2020 Beef Exports

World Board Outlook Chair, Mark Jekanowski, said the beef export forecast for 2020 has not changed, despite some encouraging numbers recently.However, he said the forecast for 2021 has been pulled back a bit because of an weakness in observed global demand.  “Many countries, China among them, [have reported a drop in demand] but others as […]