Latest Ag Economy Barometer Shows Slight Improvement

Farmer sentiment improved modestly in December. The CME Group/Purdue University index, released Tuesday, rose to a reading of 174, up seven points from November. December’s sentiment improvement still left the barometer nine points lower than in October. The Index of Current Conditions climbed 15 points to 202, while the Index of Future Expectations increased by […]

Save Family Farming: L&I Fine Against Gebbers “Enforcement By Crucifixion”

Save Family Farming is pushing back against the Washington department of Labor and Industries following a $2 million fine over alleged COVID-19 deaths. The state-wide farm group is comparing the $2 million fine announced on against Gebbers Farms on December 21st to Enforcement by Crucifixion, comparing it to tactics used by the Roman Empire. “Such […]

Westerhold: Succession Planning Benefits Current, Future Generations & Production Ag

As the average age of the American farmer continues to increase, what’s being done to transition farmland to the next generation? Ashlee Westerhold, economist with the University of Idaho Extension, said it’s vital that today’s farmer understands if children or grandchildren are interested in returning to the farm and running day-to-day operations. She noted, regardless […]

AFBF Virtual Convention Gets Underway This Weekend

The 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention kicks off this weekend, and some events start as early as Friday. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said the theme, Stronger Together, highlights the importance of uniting during tough times. “What it means is even in a difficult year, we find ways to unite and focus […]

Rural Group Urges Biden to Pick Well-Qualified, Diverse USDA Leaders

The Rural Coalition is urging President-elect Joe Biden to select highly qualified leaders for USDA politically appointed positions. The group of more than 70 food and farming organizations sent the request to the incoming administration in a recent Letter. It calls on Biden to choose USDA mission and agency leaders who deeply understand how to […]

CRP Sign-up Underway

Farmers interested in signing up for Conservation Reserve Programs, have until February 12th to do so. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said while the window is not large, he’s confident it’s long enough for those interested in CRP to sign-up, or at least get their questions answered. For landowners interested in participating, Fordyce said the process […]

EPA Nominee Meets with Farm Groups

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the EPA met with farm group leaders Tuesday. Michael Regan, the EPA Administrator-designate, hosted a virtual round table with more than 16 members of the Ag CEO Council and staff. The Biden transition team says  Regan reiterated the President-elect’s commitment to working with agricultural leaders to promote healthy and […]

Quality Loss Adjustment Program Signup Open

The USDA announced this week sign-up for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program is now open. Funded by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, the program provides assistance to producers who suffered eligible crop quality losses due to natural disasters occurring in 2018 and 2019. Eligible crops include those for which federal crop insurance or […]