Newhouse Encouraged By New House Ag Leadership

With the new Administration and new Congress starting to take shape, farm country is getting a better idea of what the next two years may look like in Washington D.C. Georgia Democrat David Scott will be the chairman of the House Ag Committee, a move that sits well with Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse. “[He’s a] […]

Updated Forest Action Plan Incorporates Western Washington Needs, Priorities

Earlier this fall, the Washington state department of Natural Resources released its 2020 Forest Action Plan, which out lined more than 100 priority actions to improve and conserve forests across the state. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said this updated Forest Action Plan, builds on existing work taking place on the east side of […]

AFBF Asks Congress To Ensure PPP Loans Are Not Taxed

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently sent a letter to Congress asking them to ensure farmers won’t pay taxes on forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans. AFBF Senior Congressional Relations Director Pat Wolff said an IRS regulation means small businesses and farms would face a tax burden for using PPP funds. “Congress needs to act, or […]

Future Of Farming What Topics Should Ag Be Ready To Discuss?

Gunnar Aune, the current Washington FFA Secretary, says it’s important for the farming community to get in front of many of the biggest issues on the minds of consumers, and those not familiar with farming…such as GMOs, activism and more. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or […]

2020 Farm Income Higher Due to Government Payments

Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to increase $36 billion to $119.6 billion in 2020. According to the Economic Research Service, in inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars, net farm income is forecast to increase by $35 billion, the fourth-straight year the income numbers have gone up. If the prediction comes true, net farm […]

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Signup Numbers Low Despite Benefits

The signup deadline for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program is this Friday, and according to the latest figures from the American Farm Bureau the number of dairy operations signed up is lower than expected. So far, 7,846 operations have enrolled in the program, covering about 64 billion pounds of milk. However, that figure is 23,000 […]

What Can The Ag Economy Expect In 2021?

While there are still some areas of concern in the farm economic sector, the Federal Reserves Nathan Kauffman says the outlook is much better now compared to six months ago. But, will this recent  momentum continue going in to 2021? Kauffman said there are a variety of reasons to ben encouraged when looking at commodity […]

Large Scale Farm Technology Consolidation Moving Forward In Canada

Telus Corporation, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, recently announced that it is buying up and consolidating farm technology, agribusiness data management and food supply chain management companies. And as Dennis Guy reports, all of that is being merged into a single business unit. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, […]

Peterson Would Consider Ag Secretary Post, Introduces Bill on CRP

Outgoing House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson recently told the Hagstrom Report he’s not currently job hunting. However, he has offered to assist Joe Biden in setting up his agriculture policy. Peterson spoke to reporters during a news conference last week about a bill he introduced to make an additional 25 million acres available over […]