Pandemic Increased Pulse Popularity Across the Northwest, Country

When the coronavirus pandemic started, a variety of items flew off local grocery store shelves. Meat, milk, toilet paper, and….pulses According to Columbia Grain CEO, Jeff Van Pevenage lentils, chickpeas, dry peas and beans became incredibly popular at the onset of the pandemic, mainly due to their long shelf life and ease of use. He […]

Ag Lender Survey Reveals Bankers Top Concerns

The Fall 2020 Agricultural Lender Survey report shows that ag lenders continue to remain focused on credit quality, even as the farm economy continues to work through the prolonged downturn caused by COVID-19. The survey from the American Bankers Association and Farmer Mac said when it comes to their customers, lenders continue to be most […]

WSU Conducting Research On Possible Benefits From Pennycress

Researchers at Washington State University are taking part in a multi-institutional, nearly $13 million project on pennycress. Karen Sanguinet with WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences said it’s a common weed that isn’t suitable for human consumption, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless. “We’re trying to look to see if pennycress could be a […]

Progressives Fight Against Heitkamp as Possible USDA Boss

Progressives in agriculture appear to be making a push to prevent former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp from becoming Ag Secretary in the Biden administration. is reporting the conflict is ramping up as Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio has begun to campaign for the head of the $150 billion Department of Ag. Heitkamp’s name […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/19/20

The Washington Apple Commission’s Toni Lynn Adams talks about what the smaller crop size has done for demand domestically and internationally. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Salmonsen Does Not Believe New China Trade Deal Will Hurt U.S. Ag

Will U.S. farmers be hurt by the world’s largest trade deal led by China and recently signed by 14 other Asian countries? American Farm Bureau trade adviser Dave Salmonsen believes American agriculture already benefits from deals with most of the Asian nations involved in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He noted the RCEP, and the […]

Dairy Safety Net Enrollment Ends on December 11

The USDA is reminding dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for the calendar year 2021 is quickly approaching on December 11. The USDA’s FSA opened DMC signup back in October to help producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities. “2020 has been […]

Former Obama Ag Official Looks At Potential Biden USDA

What could the USDA look like under the Biden administration? A one-time member of the Obama Administration recently offered some insight into what the Department of Ag may look like in 2021 and beyond. Phillip Karsting, is the former Administrator of the USDA’s Foreign Ag Service under President Obama, as well as the former Interim […]