Schoesler: UI One Of The Top Issues For Washington Farm Community

During the Washington legislative session, the farm community will watch a variety of issues very closely. But for state Senator Mark Schoesler, one of the top issues is Unemployment Insurance taxes, with some farmers already reporting an increase of 500% or greater on their April bill. In response, Schoesler proposed Senate Bill 5197, which he […]

2020 Was A Year Of Two Extremes For Idaho Dairy

For the dairy industry, 2020 was a year of two, very different halves. Dairy West’s Vice President of Strategic Communications Kristi Spence says 2020 started off very strong, which was welcomed news after several years of low milk prices. However the COVID pandemic brought the supply chain to a standstill, forcing milk prices to plummet, […]

Cantwell Calls On Administration To Prioritize Those Who Move Food

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to move the nomination of Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary on to the full Senate for a vote. At Wednesday’s hearing Washington Senator Maria Cantwell noted that if confirmed, she will call on Buttigieg and President Biden to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for workers helping to move food products. […]

Focus On Fruit for 01/28/21

Jon DeVaney President of the Washington state Tree Fruit Association talks about how three years of retroactive overtime could impact growers across the region. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

USDA Announces COVID-19 Farm Loan Relief

On Wednesday, the USDA announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm Loan programs. The Department said the measures will provide relief to farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA will temporarily suspend non-judicial foreclosures, debt offsets or wage garnishments, and […]

Nominations Now Accepted For Century, Sesquicentennial Farms In Oregon

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is now accepting applications for their 2021 century and sesquicentennial awards. To qualify, the original property has to have been in the same family for 100 or 150 years. Program Coordinator Andrea Kuenzi said the award began back in 1958 to honor Oregon’s Ag industry and to start […]

Bentz Appointed To House Natural Resources Committee

On Monday, eastern Oregon’s Cliff Bentz was appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee. Bentz says the appointment is an excellent fit, and will provide him the opportunity to apply his unique knowledge of water, energy, carbon, forests, minerals, and federal land management. “I am honored to have been appointed to the House Natural Resources […]

Farmers For Free Trade Hopeful Biden Administration Will Bring Changes

The Biden administration has said on multiple occasions they will change the American trade policy in place over the past four years. However, Brian Kuehl of Farmers for Free Trade said doing so will take time. “We certainly are hopeful. We don’t want to get everyone’s hopes up too high though. I think it’s going […]

Senate Ag Committee Schedules Vilsack Confirmation Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled the confirmation hearing for Agriculture Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack. The committee will meet Tuesday, February 2. Vilsack is expected to enjoy a smooth confirmation process overall. Vilsack previously served as Ag Secretary for all eight years of the Obama administration before heading up the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The […]

Tester: QLA Does Not Provide Adequate Support for Feed Grain Producers

Senator Jon Tester says the Farm Service Agency has further delayed disaster assistance support for farmers who were hit by quality losses in 2018 and 2019. Despite the recent rollout of the Quality Loss Assistance Program, the Montana Democrat says some producers were left out of the assistance package. Tester says QLA does not provide […]