Perry Expects Profits For Cherry Growers, Mixed Results In The Vineyards

As we continue our series on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly Market Snapshot, we look today and cherries and the wine industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said he expects slight profits for both vineyards and wineries, but added it will be a mixed bag for both. “Lower grape yields and […]

Oregon Remains Dry With Slightly Below Average Snowpack

According to the latest numbers from NRCS, the statewide snowpack for Oregon is not too far below average for this time of year, coming in a 87%. And while that’s not bad, the state continues to struggle with very dry conditions. Scott Oviatt with Oregon’s NRCS said while the state is getting snow, most of […]

Newhouse: Despite Challenges, Perdue Did A Good Job As USDA Head

As the Trump Administration prepares to exit Washington D.C., that means Sonny Perdue’s time as the Ag Secretary is coming to a close. Dan Newhouse Chairman of the congressional Western Caucus, said the past four years were challenging for farm country, and he felt Perdue did a good job listening to the concerns of everyday […]

AFBF: Farm Economy Shows Signs Of Improvement

2021 is starting off with some bright spots for farm country, which has led to some early year optimism for the Ag economy. American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton said trade with China is certainly a highlight. “Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that preliminary exports to China during November […]

USDA: No Stone Left Unturned When It Comes To Trade Markets

While much of the attention of the farm community, and the world really, was on coronavirus, trade took place over the past year. And specifically Ag trade. Much of that focus over the past 12 months was on new trade agreements between the U.S. and major export customers such as Mexico, Canada, Japan and China. […]

AFBF President: Turn the Page on Partisanship

A top farm organization leader says it is time to “turn the page” on partisan politics. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall made the comments during an opening press conference as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Convention. Duvall’s remarks follow last week’s rally and attack on the U.S. capitol. Duvall said, “we have […]

USDA Announces Details of the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum Program

On Monday, the USDA announced details of the 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held virtually on February 18th & 19th. The 2021 Forum, themed “Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience,” will focus on the central role science and innovation have played in helping agriculture overcome challenges and build resilience during the […]

Farm Equipment Manufacturing trends to Watch in 2021

Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of several evolving and prominent trends. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers said these trends, including COVID-19 and enhancing employee safety, are poised to have a significant impact in 2021. Other trends are a more connected workforce through technology, expanding […]

Ibach Looks Back On 2020

When looking back on 2020, how is the year viewed by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service? “The Coronavirus is one of the areas that shaped a lot of the activities of the ag marketing service,” said AMS Undersecretary Greg Ibach. He explained that AMS was involved in adjustments made after the pandemic began disrupting the […]