Idaho Farm GDP Continues To Grow; Net Income Sets Records

While challenging for individual commodities from time to time, 2020 continued a trend of solid farm economic growth in Idaho. Ben Eborn, Extension Ag Economist with the University of Idaho says farm GDP has grown at twice the rate of the state’s GDP. He noted this comes while the state struggles with the loss of […]

Farmworkers Speak Out Against 2020 Overtime Ruling

In November, the Washington Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the state’s overtime exemption violated Washington employment laws. With that ruling, Washington granted farm workers time-and-a-half pay once they work more than 40 hours in a week. However, many of those impacted workers are speaking out against the court’s decision and calling on lawmakers to reinstate […]

Ag Innovation Session Showcases Latest Technology Available Now

Northwest potato growers are described as some of the most progressive around and that will be on display during this year’s Virtual Washington-Oregon Potato Conference. In its second year, the Ag Innovation Session will allow growers to see and experience the latest technology and how it will benefit them from planting to harvest to storage […]

Schrier Returns To House Ag Committee

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier announced she will again serve on the House Agriculture Committee. This Committee is in addition to her appointment to the Energy and Commerce Committee. “As the only Member from the Northwest on the House Agriculture Committee, I am honored to continue to be a voice for our farmers and growers […]

IDL, BLM Finalize Land Swap

On Tuesday, the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners gave its final approval to exchanging land within the Owyhee Canyonland Wilderness with federal BLM lands. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, the exchange allows the state and the BLM to acquire lands better suited to their missions and objectives. More than 31,000 acres of non-wilderness […]

Northwest Water Year In Good Shape

After weeks of weather that didn’t feel like winter, the chill of season has returned. Temperatures, specifically the overnight lows, have cooled off considerably compared to the numbers we saw just a few days ago. When it comes to precipitation, the past couple of days have been quiet across the northwest. But, according to meteorologist […]

Voskuhl: Watch Out For COVID19 Vaccine Scams

When your time for the coronavirus vaccine comes, the AARP warns that scammers will try to separate you from your money, identity, or perhaps both. The AARP’s Sean Voskuhl said scammers will target those in rural America, as the vaccine rollout continues. “There have been anecdotal reports of vaccine scams in pockets of the country […]

Ag Community, FDA Trying To Spread Facts About GMOs

Do you want an easy way to start an argument? Just mention GMO and go from there. Some consumers strongly object to food with GMO ingredients even though, “There’s been no evidence that any of these food products have caused any kind of food safety issues,” said Kansas State University Extension Food Safety Specialist, Karen […]

Ag Groups Welcome Biden Picks for Deputy Ag Secretary

Farm groups applaud incoming President Joe Biden’s pick for Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Dr. Jewel Bronaugh. In 2018, Bronaugh was appointed as the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner. She previously served as the Virginia State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency during the Obama administration. American Farm Bureau Federation […]

USDA Issues Domestic Hemp Production Final Rule Notice

The flurry of last-minute regulations from the Trump administration includes a final rule concerning Domestic Hemp Production. The USDA published the final rule notice in the Federal Register Tuesday. The U.S. Hemp Growers Association said the final rule appears to address many of the concerns the organization expressed during a comment period. Changes include allowing […]