AFBF: Farming Continues To Perform When It Comes To Carbon Sequestration

Data released by the EPA and analyzed by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows carbon sequestration efforts resulted in carbon removed from the atmosphere. “During 2018, carbon sequestration efforts resulted in an increase in CO2 stocks, that means that’s carbon removed from the atmosphere of more than 760 million metric tons,” said Farm Bureau Chief […]

Northwest Vegetable Production Mixed In 2020

Vegetable production across the Northwest was a mixed bag last year. According to NASS, onion production in Idaho were valued at $68.3 million, up 4% from 2019. Oregon onions had a total value of utilized production of $119 million, up 9% year over year. Meanwhile Washington onions were valued at $136 million, down 25% from […]

Orcutt Discusses HB 1168

When it comes to managing Washington’s forests and preventing wildfires, House Bill 1168 is getting a lot of attention this session. The proposal would create a dedicated fund of $125 million every biennium for wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience. The legislation has the backing of House Republicans and Commission of Public Lands Hilary […]

Beef Exports Off In 2020, But USMEF Sees Reason For Optimism

According to the latest numbers from the USDA, U.S. beef exports finished 2020 lower year-over-year, down in both volume at 1.25 million metric tons, and value at $7.65 billion. But the news isn’t all bad. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef ended the year on a very strong note. “[I’m] quite happy with […]

Sharp: State Inspection Processing Would Help Rural Cattle Producers

For cattle producers across Oregon, one of the biggest challenges to overcome currently is the lack of meat inspection or procession options across the state.  However, a bipartisan bill approved in last year’s legislative session looks to address that. House Bill 4206 which took effect January 1st, 2021, authorized the state Department of Agriculture to […]

Newhouse Introduces Legislation To Help Craft Industry

Late last week Representative Dan Newhouse joined his colleagues to introduce the Fairness for Craft Beverage Producers Act. Newhouse said the bill would allow craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and other small beverage producers that depend on in-person sales in their taprooms and tasting rooms to be eligible for a larger loan amount in the Second Draw […]

Waters: Expect An Active Pest Season

The recent blast of cold air and snow the Northwest has seen over the past week is good news for the snowpack, but it may be too little, too late when it comes to disease pressures this growing season. Washington State University Extension’s Dr. Tim Waters says while the region has seen cold temperatures and […]

Tractor Combine Sales Up To Start 2021

According to the Association of Equipment Manufactures, farm tractor and combine unit sales are off to a strong start for 2021 in both the U.S. and Canada. AEM reports U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 24.7% in January compared to 2020, while U.S. combine sales grew a significant 76.8%. U.S. unit sales grew across all […]

Building Up Rural Economy A Priority For Vilsack

For USDA Head nominee Tom Vilsack, building up the rural economy is a priority. “By investing in robust local food systems creates market opportunities for small and mid-sized producers so they can negotiate their own price.” Vilsack said the challenge will be creating and developing fields for today’s farmer. “Carbon sequestration and storage if done […]