Northwest Receives $6.5M For Pest Detection

The USDA announced Tuesday the Northwest will receive roughly $6.5 million for pest detection and surveillance. Washington was awarded $3.5 million, Idaho will see nearly $1.6 million while Oregon will receive $1.4 million for efforts to safeguard the U.S nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing more than $70 million in funding this year to […]

USDA: 2021 Wheat Acreage Up

For the past couple of years, the USDA has reported fewer and fewer wheat acres planted nationwide. Much of the reduction is blamed on low wheat prices. In 2020 all-wheat acreage hit 44.3 million acres, the lowest on record in over 100 years. But, when looking at the year ahead,” we have wheat acres expected […]

Idaho Salmon Workgroup Expected To Release Recommendations This Month

The Idaho Salmon Workgroup, created by Governor Brad Little has wrapped up their work to address fish populations in the Northwest. Brian Brooks is not only a member of ISW, but he is also the executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation. He said the most crucial recommendation, removing four dams on the lower Snake […]

Dry Conditions Expected To Continue Across Eastern Oregon

After a dry second half of December, the rain and snow the northwest saw over the holiday weekend was a welcomed sight for many. And according to meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service, a weather pattern that will be leaving the area in the coming days. Lohmann said the storms over the New […]

Moore: We Need To Get To Know New Members Of Congress

Getting to know the new faces in Congress will be one of the chief priorities for the American Farm Bureau in the New Year. Executive Vice President Dale Moore says they’ll also need to get to know the new people in Ag leadership positions. “We’ve been working with our state Farm Bureaus to put together […]

Younger Generation Will Push Technological Advancements Into the Future

When you talk with the tractor and implement manufacturing industry, they’ll talk about the importance of technology in the next generation of equipment. But how much of that is pushed by the industry, and how much is nothing more than an arms race for individual farmers? Lance Dever with Central Machinery Sales in Pasco said […]

University of Missouri Announces Center for Regenerative Agriculture

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources plans to dive deeper into regenerative agriculture. CAFNR, as it’s known, announced the formation of the new Center for Regenerative Agriculture Monday. While there is no single definition for regenerative agriculture, some key elements of the practice include increasing soil health and biodiversity, conservation […]

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Renewed

Earlier this week, the USDA announced the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food nationwide through the fifth round of the program. Set to expire at the end of 2020, the recent coronavirus aid package provided more funding […]

Virtual Trade Missions Will Be A Key Going Forward

Before the global pandemic, USDA and its Trade and Agricultural Affairs Mission Area planned to conduct eight trade missions in 2020. Those all, in the in the traditional person to person meeting and product demonstration sense, were postponed. But with shutdowns, the USDA transitioned those meetings on-line. And while the Department’s Ted McKinney said face-to-face […]