Elsey: Farmers Will Want To Watch A Host Of Issues During 2021 Session

The farming community is encouraged to prepare now for the 2021 Washington legislative session which gets underway next month. Bre Elsey, Director of Government Relations for the Washington Farm Bureau, said there are several issues that should be of concern for the farming community; outside of the fact that the session will be conducted remotely. […]

Despite Pandemic Barrel Full Of Money Records Record Year

The 10th annual Barrel Full of Money fundraiser was another success this year. Despite the challenges due to the pandemic, near 50 Walla Walla Valley wineries, area businesses and non-profit groups teamed up to raise $64,737.47 to help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. “Generous support from the wine community, local businesses and individuals […]

USApple’s Young Apple Leader Deadline Approaching

The U.S. Apple Association is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Young Apple Leader class. Manager of Association Services, Matt Hendrickson, said in years past, they’ve used the program to invite professionals, between the ages of 18 and 35, back to Washington D.C. in March. “Recently as of last year, we’ve expanded the program to […]

USDA’s Roll In Planned Mission To Mars

But we’ve heard a lot over the last couple of months about a mission to Mars; putting humans on the Red Planet. But for that to happen, the astronauts would need to grow food. So, what happens if an insect hitchhikes and starts destroying the crops? Gary Crawford takes a look. If you have a […]

Focus On Fruit for 12/17/20

Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest, shares his thoughts on 2020, the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

World Wheat Supply Continues To Increase

The global wheat supply continues to move higher. “We increase world wheat production [in December’s USDA global supply and demand estimates] again by about 1.3 million tons and that would put global production at a new record,” said World Agriculture Economic Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. He added a variety of factors led to the […]

USDA Celebrates 2020 Accomplishments

Earlier this week, the USDA celebrated their accomplishments of 2020. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce stated, “We partner with agricultural producers to grow and expand their operations as well as weather the unpredictable, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.” USDA’s farm program agencies – the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management […]

How Has Christmas Tree Industry Changed Because Of COVID-19

During the summer the National Christmas Tree Association sent guidelines out to tree lots and farms on how they should operate during the pandemic. And for the most part, “the industry did take those best practice recommendations and put them in place,” said Tim O’Connor who helps run the National Christmas Tree Association. O’Connor added […]