Rural Communities Reminded To Remain Vigilant When It Comes To COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in rural America, and officials are urging residents to take safety precautions. Emily Krekelberg is a Farm Safety and Health Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension Service said it’s not surprising that the virus has spread into rural areas. “We heard from the CDC and […]

Labor Department Finalizes H-2A Wage Rule

On Monday, the Labor Department issued a final rule that updates the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates in the H-2A visa program. The Trump administration claims the new rule improves the consistency of the wage rates, provides stronger protections for workers, and establishes better stability and predictability for employers. Agriculture Secretary […]

WPC: Delisting Of Gray Wolf A “Success Story for ESA”

Last week’s announced by the Department of the Interior that the gray wolf will be removed from the Endangered Species List is, according to Todd Myers, Director of the Environmental Center at the Washington Policy Center, a victory of the Endangered Species Act. He noted the EAS does not have a great track record when […]

Northwest Diesel Prices Inch Higher, Despite Oil Prices Holding

Oil prices continue to hold steady just below the $40 per barrel mark. In early Tuesday trade, a barrel of West Texas Crude was trading at just over $38. Oil prices have held steady over the past month, with the high water mark of $41 and the lowest price of $35. Industry analysts said investors […]

USDA: Prices Index Up In September

Friday’s USDA Ag report shows the prices received by farmers nationwide increased for nearly every commodity in September. And as Gary Crawford explains that pushed the September Price Index Up 0.9% from August’s numbers, and roughly 1% higher than September a year ago. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call […]

Dairy Industry Annual Meeting Notes Success Despite COVID-19

During a virtual annual meeting of dairy industry groups, Dairy Management Incorporated reflected on strategically adjusting business plans due to the impacts of COVID-19. They told farmers and industry representatives that this year’s results are due to industry unity, agility, and relentless relationship building. “The systems farmers have put in place work, and in normal […]

Scientists want Tax on Meat, Livestock for Pandemic Prevention

Lawmakers should consider putting taxes on livestock production and meat consumption to reduce the risk of future deadly pandemics. That is the conclusion of a group of international experts called the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which has more than 130 member states. The group published a study last month calling for […]

USDA Releases 2019 Pesticide Data Report

The USDA published it’s 2019 Pesticide Data Program’s Annual Summary. The report shows that nearly 99% of the tested samples had pesticide residues below benchmark levels established by the EPA. The two agencies work together every year to identify which foods get tested on a rotating basis. The Agricultural Marketing Service, AMS, works with state […]

Biden or Trump, What Does the Future Hold for Farmers?

Election day is finally here. While the results may be delayed, and there are signals of a messy outcome, for farmers and ranchers, one certainty is the likely reduction in federal direct payments. Experts seem to agree that the record direct payments to farmers this year is not a sustainable approach. Either candidate will likely […]