Biden Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress

Immigration legislation supported by President Biden has made its way to Congress. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Representative Linda Sanchez of California, both Democrats, introduced Biden’s immigration proposal into their respective chambers. The Hagstrom Report says both members of Congress say the bill will “create an earned pathway to citizenship for all 11 […]

Spokane Ag Show Goes On-Line

One of the largest Ag and trade shows across the Northwest will be on-line this year. The Spokane Ag Show will launch their virtual show Tuesday through Thursday. Spokane Ag Show Director Melisa Paul said they will continue to host professional seminars related to agribusiness, helping everyone across the northwest, from large-scale operations to small […]

Newhouse: Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement Will Hurt Rural America

On Friday, the United States officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. This came after President Biden signed an Executive Order on his first day in office to reenter the Agreement. Late last week, Dan Newhouse, chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus said the Paris Agreement was a bad deal then and it’s a bad deal […]

Farmers Market Conference Looks To Help Managers Overcome 2020 Challenges

The Washington state Farmers Market Conference gets underway this week. Colleen Donovan, Executive Director of the WSFMA said the theme of this year’s on-line event is “Adapt, Overcome, Thrive”. She noted for 2021, its important farmers markets across the state are proactive, rather than reactive and learn from last year. Donovan added farmers markets did […]

WSDA Warning Poultry Owners To Watch For Avian Influenza

Poultry owners across Washington have been told to watch for a return of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The USDA has warned Washington and other states that conditions are similar to 2014-15, when bird flu moved across the country, resulting in the deaths of thousands of birds across Washington and millions across the county. Karla Salp […]

For Livestock Producers, Vaccine Bank A Priority In 2023 Farm Bill

The livestock industry benefited from the 2018 Farm Bill, primarily with the development of a Food and Mouth Disease vaccine bank, as well as the establishment of the needed funding. Now as lawmakers look to start the crafting process of the 2023 Farm Bill, Allison Rivera of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says the vaccine […]

Washington’s Invasive Species Awareness Week Goes Virtual

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed February 22nd through February 28th as Invasive Species Awareness Week. “Invasive species threaten our economy, environment, recreation opportunities and can even harm our health,” Inslee said. “I’m calling on everyone who loves this state we call home to become aware of invasive species and take steps to prevent the […]

Nestle Announces Plant To Sell North American Bottled Water brands for $4.3B

Nestle has announced plans to sell its bottled-water brands in North America for $4.3 billion to a pair of private-equity firms that hope to reinvigorate sales. Brands including Poland Spring, Deer Park, Arrowhead, Ozarka, Zephyrhills and Pure Life will be sold to a subsidiary of One Rock Capital Partners and investment firm Metropoulos & Co. […]

CattleFax Cow-Calf Survey Announced

CattleFax is out with its annual Cow-Calf Survey. Information requested in the survey provides participants and the industry with what CattleFax calls valuable data regarding industry benchmarks and trends. Survey participants will receive a results summary packet, with benchmarking information that will allow managers and owners to evaluate their own operations. Items such as cow-calf […]