WDFW: Delisting Changes Little In Washington

With the Department of the Interior’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, wolf management in Washington now falls predominantly on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW Wolf Coordinator Julia Smith said the delisting will not lead to many changes for the department since 21 of Washington’s 26 packs […]

Ag Economy Barometer Reaches All-Time High

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose 27 points to a reading of 183 in October, setting an all-time high for the index. Farmers were more optimistic about both the future and current financial situations on their farms. The Current Conditions Index rose 36 points to a reading of 178, and the Future Expectations […]

Pandemic Moves CBDL Meeting On-line

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Columbia Basin Development League’s annual meeting will be online this year. Vicky Scharlau said they hope this virtual event will draw in a larger crowd. And to make the meeting more attractive, she noted they’ve tried to make it as user-friendly as possible. “[You can] get great insight into the […]

AFBF: H-2A Rule Provides Farmers Predictability Stability

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor announced a change in how farm labor rate increases are determined. Allison Crittenden, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, said the final rule no longer uses USDA’s Farm Labor Survey for workers who fall under core farm occupations. “So, we’re no longer using the survey-based wage methodology […]

Ryan Scholz Named New Oregon veterinarian

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has a new state Veterinarian. Dr. Ryan Scholz took over the role on Monday. He initially joined ODA in 2012 as a western Oregon district veterinarian. To-date, Scholz’s contributions to the Animal Health Program have made many of the technological advances in the program possible and, according to ODA officials, […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/05/20

What new and exciting things can consumers expect from this year’s pear crop? We asked Pear Bureau Northwest’s Kevin Moffit. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Two Selected For Oregon State Board of Ag

Earlier this week Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of Elin Miller of Roseburg and Josh Zielinski of Salem to serve on the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. Both appointments were effective October 29th, and each will serve a four-year term. Miller and Zielinski will attend their first Board of Agriculture meeting as members […]

House Ag Chair Defeated In Tuesday’s Election

Farm County lost decades of experience in D.C. this week, when House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson lost his local race. The Minnesota Democrat fell to Republican Challenger Michelle Fischbach. Peterson has led Democrats on the committee for the last three Farm Bills. So, who may take over as the Ag leader in the Democrat-controlled […]