NWFCS Anticipates Profits For Local Row Crops In 2021

As out quarterly Market Snapshot series continues, we take a look at Northwest row crops. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said when it comes to onions, the forecast calls for break-even returns over the next 12 months. “Supply and demand indicate prices could increase, yet producers are sensitive to continued COVID-19 […]

Western Representatives Call For Reauthorization Of WHIP+

On Tuesday, Washington Representative Dan Newhouse, Oregon’s Peter DeFazio, joined California reps Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee and Jimmy Panetta to reintroduce the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan bill introduced by Members from West Coast states hit hard by wildfires this summer and fall. The proposal reactivates the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2020 […]

NW 2020 Wheat Plantings & Hay Harvest Up

Northwest growers plated more wheat in 2020. All wheat planted in Idaho totaled 1.24 million acres last year, up 4% from 2019. Harvested acres hit 1.16 million, up 3% from the previous year. All wheat production totaled 113 million bushels, up 14% year over year. Yield is estimated at 96.7 bushels per acre, up 8.9 […]

NW 2021 Wheat Seedings down 2%, U.S. Plantings Up 5%

Going against the national trend, Northwest wheat growers planted fewer acres for the 2021 season. Idaho growers seeded 740,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2021 crop, up 3% from 2020, and 1 percent above the 2019 crop. Oregon farmers planted 710,000 acres of winter wheat, down 4% from the 2020 crop and down 4% […]

WWVWA Announces New Logo, Name

On Tuesday, the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance unveiled an updated brand and a new name. Organization officials say the new logo highlights the region’s dedication to world-class wine and “an unparalleled wine country experience”. And the WWVWA announced the transition to Walla Walla Valley Wine.  “This year, our organization celebrates its twentieth year of […]

NMPF: New Federal Dietary Guidelines Are Good News For Dairy

In late December, the USDA rolled out the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In the updated DGA, the federal government continued to recommend three servings of low-fat and non-fat dairy products for a healthy diet. In addition, not only did dairy remain its own group, dairy was recognized as a source of under-consumed nutrients, such […]

Northey Discusses New Quality Loss Program

The USDA has announced a new program to help eligible producers who suffered from crop quality loss because of natural disasters. That was Undersecretary Bill Northey said the program looks at those who suffered losses from excess moisture, wildfires and more in 2018 and 2019. “And while we had good models to be able to […]

U.S. Wheat Associates Out With “Wholesome” Film

On Tuesday, U.S. Wheat Associates rolled out a movie they created, titled “Wholesome: The Journey of U.S. Wheat”. The USW’s Steve Mercer said the 25-minute film will shows how everyone in the export supply system works to maintain the character of American wheat. “Through this film, the people at every step of the journey to […]

APHIS Highlights Biosecurity Advancements

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently highlighted many of the advancements in AG biosecurity in 2020. Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, said among the highlights, progress on a Foot and Mouth vaccine bank. “We were able to negotiate a very attractive contract that allowed us to purchase basically double […]

USDA: Dietary Guidelines Can Be Customized

The ability to customize recommendations is one focus of the latest edition of the dietary guidelines for Americans. “The guideline makes it clear that you can take the framework of the guidelines and you can tailor your diet to your preferences, to your cultural background, even to your financial needs to make sure that that […]