Pivoting For Idaho Potato Industry Not Over, Muir Says

When the pandemic started to impact the U.S. and global economies, one of the commodities that felt the brunt of the economic impact first was the potato industry. With restaurants and schools closed across the globe, demand plummeted, meaning many contracts went up in smoke. The Idaho Potato industry, like many others, worked around the […]

Alliance Publishes “Unprecedented” Climate Change Recommendations

An alliance of groups that represent farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments, and environmental advocates released what many are calling an unprecedented list of recommendations to guide Federal climate policy development. The effort is called the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, and it was formed in February by the four groups that co-chair […]

AFBF: American Consumers Trust Farmers And Their Sustainable Practices

A recently released survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau suggests that a majority of Americans believe farmers and ranchers are feeding the world in a sustainable way. Sustainability is an important topic to many Americans in 2020. John Newton, chief economist for the Farm Bureau, says their recent survey found a majority of Americans […]

Farmers Bracing for More Scrutiny Under Biden?

Bloomberg says American agriculture is likely bracing for more scrutiny of its practices under a Joe Biden administration. Agriculture would potentially see more regulation of everything from environmental protections to workplace safety, a stark contrast from the anti-regulatory Trump administration. The key question will be how much pressure Ag will face as Democrats are divided […]

Wet Pattern Expected To Continue Into Thanksgiving Week

The Northwest has enjoyed a soggy November, and that pattern is not expected to let up anytime soon. According to Meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Services, the area is under a very active weather pattern right now, brining not only rain and snow showers, but windy conditions as well. Are all of these […]

International Issues Pushing Wheat Prices Higher

American wheat growers continue to see prices above last season, but will that continue much longer? USDA’s Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski,  said one source of higher prices is lower projected wheat stock.  “Stocks are getting, you know, for wheat, relatively tight. There’s a six year low and that’s been supporting prices. Future prices have […]

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, EPA Sign MOU

The dairy-checkoff funded Innovation Center announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EPA. The center said the MOU will open doors for increased collaboration in areas of mutual interest and allow the agency to gain a deeper understanding and support for U.S. dairy farmers. It will also help the EPA understand the broader […]

USDA: Farm Production Expenses Will Drop

The USDA said farm sector production expenses, including those associated with operator dwellings, are forecast to decrease by $4.6 billion to $344.2 billion in 2020 in nominal terms, which means not adjusted for inflation. That’s a 1.3% drop from the previous year. These expenses represent the costs of all inputs used to produce farm commodities […]

Senate Unanimously Passes Grain Standards Reauthorization

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced Tuesday the Senate had unanimously passed the bipartisan U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The act regulates marketing standards for grains and oilseeds and extends the inspection authority through September of 2025. “The Senate has approved the Grain […]

NRCS Rolls Out New Conservation Practice Standards

The USDA is out with its updated national conservation practice standards.  “We have currently a 170 conservation practice standards and they frame the technical standards and the specifications for the conservation work that we do individually with producers,” said Kevin Norton acting NRCS acting chief. “It’s kinda like building a house: you know, you have […]