Roundtable Focuses On Legal Battles Between Washington Dairies & EPA

Last week, Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse hosted the Western Caucus foundation roundtable. The Fall Policy Roundtable: “When Agencies Weaponize Fake Science”, highlighted the ongoing struggles Northwest dairies face because of a controversial 2012 EPA report that looked at the role Yakima Valley dairies played in nitrate levels in local groundwater. A host of agricultural […]

How Could Washington Benefit From Brexit? Many Questions Remain

The Washington Council on International Trade recently released a report taking a look at the issues and priorities that should be considered in a “post-brexit” free trade agreement between the U.S. and U.K. WCIT President Lori Otto Punke said there are a lot of macroeconomic questions still on the table. “Obviously Brexit is playing out […]

Agricultural Irrigation Summit

The Irrigation Association will host a virtual Agricultural Irrigation Summit this week. The PNW Ag Network’s Micheal Clements has a preview. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

McMorris Rodgers, Schrier Express Concerns About Food Box Program

On Friday, Washington Congresswomen Kim Schrier and Cathy McMorris Rodgers led the state delegation in sending a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, expressing concerns with the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. At issue, the recent authorization of $500 million to keep the program running for a 4th round. The delegation said they appreciate […]

USDA Suspension of Farm Labor Survey Overturned by Court

Farmworker advocates are pleased the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a temporary restraining order and an injunction against the USDA decision to suspend the annual Farm Labor Survey. The Packer said unless the decision gets appealed, it means USDA has to conduct its Farm Labor Survey and issue its annual […]

Driest Fields Reported In Western U.S.

When taking a look at the latest picture of pasture and rangeland conditions nationwide, USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said fields continue to dry out. “Conditions across the country relatively steady as we head toward the end of the season. 43% of the pasture and rangeland rated very poor to poor, 20% good to excellent, and […]

Commodity Classic Goes Virtual in 2021

The next Commodity Classic will now be a virtual event. The annual conference and trade show had been scheduled to take place March 4-6, in San Antonio, TX. The change to an alternative digital format became necessary because of restrictions related to COVID-19. The new convention format will take place during the first week of […]

Report Net Zero Trucks Ready in North America

A new report by the Environmental Defense Fund shows manufacturers are readying to meet demand for zero-emission trucks in North America. The report finds that that manufacturers, through their investments and product plans, recognize that the future of the commercial vehicle industry is zero-emissions. The study identifies that at least 125 zero-emission truck and bus […]