Ellis: 2020 Turned Out To Be A Solid Year For Many Idaho Farmers

Despite the pandemic, the disruption to supply chains, struggles with trade as well as everything else 2020 threw at the American farmer, the past year was a fairy good one for Idaho farmers. Sean Ellis with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation said while the situation looked dire for potatoes and milk early on, both commodities […]

After Dry December Washington Snowpack Rebounds To Start New Year

Despite a roller-coaster of weather systems that saw a wet November and dry December, the Washington snowpack is in good shape for early January. Scott Pattee with NRCS said several rounds of precipitation over the New Year’s holiday was a welcomed sign after a very quiet second half of December. “The quality of snow is […]

2020 A Good Year For Idaho Sugar Beet Growers

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a good year for Idaho’s Sugar Beet industry. Brad Griff, Executive Director for the Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association, said in terms of tons and sugar, it was the second biggest crop in company history. “The harvest was excellent. It was warm enough that the beets came out nice and […]

WSU Asking Ag Community To Participate In Food Safety Risk Survey

Washington State University is asking growers, packers, buyers and other connected to the produce industry to participate in a Food Safety Risk Survey. According to WSU, participants will be asked to rank the top five food safety risk management areas that need improvement. The anonymous survey will provide research data that will be used to […]

While Short Of Expectations, USDA Encouraged About Phase One

“I believe it will be a real bonanza for America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers,” Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said back in January 2020, at the signing of the Phase One trade agreement with China. Under that agreement, China agreed to purchase roughly $34 billion dollars worth of American  Ag products during the first year of […]

AMS Stresses Importance Of U.S. Highway System

Ever heard the terms, “high volume,” or “high value,” domestic agriculture highways? “We were able to identify the 17 different we call them, high value agricultural highways. They account for more than 80% of all agricultural tonnage by truck movement.” Adam Sparger of the Agricultural Marketing Service said that’s one of the main findings of […]

AgFunder: 2020 Investors Sought Ecommerce, Tech

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a variety of challenges for the food supply chain in 2020, but also many opportunities. AgFunder, a venture capital firm investing in agriculture, analyzed the 2020 startup and tech funding trends. Last year, COVID-19 increased the online grocery category as consumers were forced in many cases to turn to online shopping […]

TFI and Biostimulant Coalition Unite

On Monday, the Fertilizer Institute announced that it and the Biostimulant Coalition have reached a formal agreement to form a Biostimulant Council. The two organizations will work together to advance policy and regulatory frameworks that increase biostimulant market access and encourage research and innovation through the council. They note the Biostimulant Coalition is a non-profit […]