Washington Starts Snow Season On A Solid Note

Much to the chagrin of holiday travelers, the higher elevations of Washington have already enjoyed a healthy amount of snow, only a few weeks into the season. According to Scott Pattee with NRCS, the statewide snowpack is at 136% of average. He said it’s good for a variety of reasons to get this much snow […]

Two OSU Professors Honored For Agriculture Research

Contributions in barley breeding and soil nitrogen cycling led to a pair of Oregon State University professors to be selected as American Association fo the Advancement of Science Fellows. OSU’s Patrick Hayes and David Myrold were recently selected in the category of agriculture, food and renewable resources. Hayes, professor of crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural […]

Oil Prices Move Higher As Investors Feel More Confident

Uncertainty has been the name of the game for 2020, and that’s pushed oil prices lower. But the future has become a little more certain over the past couple of weeks with the Presidential election done, and the hope of a COVID-19 vaccination on the horizon. Now, many investors are feeling better about what tomorrow […]

WSDA Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

The Washington State Department of Agriculture received $4.65 million in federal Specialty Crop Block Grant funds in 2020. Project Manager Leisa Schumaker said the funds are made available as part of the Farm Bill to increase the competitiveness and demand of Washington’s specialty crops. “So there’s a lot of ways that they do this such […]

Rippey Has Concerns About Winter Wheat Crop

Ask USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, and he’ll tell you there are some concerns when it comes to the winter wheat crop. He said according to the latest numbers, 43% of the crop rated good to excellent, 21% very poor to poor. “That’s actually a bit of a drop from last week’s numbers when we saw […]

USMEF: Despite Struggles Of 2020 Pork Exports To Japan Hold Signs Of Encouragement

During the U.S Meat Export Federation’s Strategic Planning conference in mid-November, USMEF Vice President of Marketing Jesse Austin provided pork producers with an update on two areas that are critical for success in Japan; chilled port and ground seasoned pork. Austin said through September, Japan’s imports of chilled America pork were slightly lower year over […]

EPA Encourages Americans to Avoid Food Waste Over the Holidays

Fresh off Thanksgiving many fridges remain stuffed with leftovers, the Environmental Protection Agency wants consumers to consider the environment when it comes to food waste. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says more than 70 billion pounds of food waste ends up in American landfills every year, contributing to methane emissions and wasting food supply chain resources. […]

USDA Announces Expansion, Other Improvements to Hemp Crop Insurance

On Monday, the USDA announced the expansion of the pilot Multi-Peril Crop Insurance plan for hemp. The expansion and other improvements to the plan, will begin in the 2021 crop year. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre said, “Hemp offers exciting economic opportunities for our nation’s farmers, and we are listening and responding to […]