NASS to Reinstate the Agricultural Labor Survey

NASS intends to reinstate the Agricultural Labor Survey, after suspending it on September 30th. NASS will mail the questionnaires and collect data immediately for the survey period that was originally scheduled for October of 2020. The report will be published on February 11th and will include data for the July and October 2020 reference dates. […]

Iverson: 2020 A Challenging Year For Oregon Farmers But Not Just Because of COVID-19

This was a difficult year for Oregon farmers, but not just because of the coronavirus pandemic. Oregon Farm Bureau President Barb Iverson said the year started off with a difficult legislative session in Salem that focused on climate change, and taxing small businesses. She noted from the very start of the year, the Oregon farming […]

WSU To Kick Off Soil Health Webinars Monday

Starting Monday, the Washington State University Farmers Network will host a series of webinars focused on improving soil fertility. Soil Health Outreach Coordinator Carol McFarland said the webinars will not just focus on soil fertility decisions in dryland wheat, the most common crop across central and eastern Washington, but also sunflowers, catalinas and other alternative […]

Purdue Report Highlights Critical Farm Issues in 2021

The past year was full of uncertainty in the agricultural markets. Challenges like a lingering trade war, weather issues, and COVID-19 combined to bring a big change to all parts of the Agricultural supply chain. Will that trend continue into 2021? Every year, experts at Purdue University releases the school’s Agricultural Economics Report Annual Outlook […]

Biden Nominates Tai to be New U.S. Trade Representative

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Katherine Tai to be the new U.S. Trade Representative. She’s served as the chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee since 2017. Tai previously served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as the counsel for China Trade Enforcement. Howard Roth, National Pork Producers Council […]

2020 Ranks In The Top Five Of Acres Burned

If you were to rank this year, in terms of acreage burned by wildfires nationwide, where would it sit? “So far in 2020 we’ve gotten above 9.5 million acres. And currently looking at the modern statistics this ranks # 4,” according to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “So if you go back to the previous modern years […]

OTA Asks Court to Delay Animal Welfare Suit Against USDA

The Organic Trade Association requested the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to issue a stay of proceedings. The Hagstrom Report says that means they’re calling for a halt to further legal processing in its animal welfare lawsuit against the USDA until President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The lawsuit was filed by OTA […]