Simpson: Farmers Will Be OK If Dams Are Breached

Removing the four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington has been a controversial topic for the Northwest farming community for over a generation. Supporters of removing the dams say it will help the environment and specifically salmon runs as they return upstream to spawn. Meanwhile, many in the Ag community say breaching the dams […]

Lewison: More Must Be Done To Protect Washington Dairy Industry

The future of the farm worker in Washington remains unclear after last week’s passage of legislation in the state Senate brining the 40-hour work week of the Ag industry. In addition, Senate Bill 5172 looks to prevent some, but not all, back pay lawsuits against the Ag industry. Those suits, specifically targeting dairy, claim overtime […]

Will The 117th Congress Address Immigration Reform

The current Congress will address many big issues over the next two years that will have a direct impact on the farming community. From how the country rebounds from the COVID pandemic, to the best ways to expand trade opportunities, and how to improve a crumbling infrastructure nationwide. And while it may not be the […]

WSU Researchers Looking At Improving Apple Cider Consistency

Researchers at Washington State University have begun a study into apple cider fermentation that they say will hopefully result in a more consistent product across the industry. Food Science Professor Charles Edwards said there are a number of yeast strains that are available to cider makers, and his team is trying to determine the correct […]

CME Announces New Boxed Beef Index

CME Group recently began publishing a new Boxed Beef Index. The index is designed to provide the beef industry with better price discovery. CME Group’s Tim Andriesen said the idea for the index started with the Port Cutout futures and options launched late last year. “As you know, we launched the Pork Cutout futures and […]

Scott: Farmers Need To Be Able To Farm

Many in the farming community say, yes, America has plenty of food to feed its hungry, but producing it isn’t cheap. And as producer margins narrow, farm leaders worry the cost of production could become too much for many small operators to bear. During a House Ag hearing on food insecurity last week, Georgia Representative […]

Senate Ag Discusses Climate Change

The Senate Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on climate change late last week. Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, says sustainable practices farmers are using now help cut down their emissions. Stabenow said, “now it’s time to dramatically scale up this work.” Oklahoma Farmer Clay Pope, representing National Farmers Union, detailed how the […]

AEM Reports Monthly Equipment Sales

According to the Association of equipment Manufactures, farm tractor and combine sales continue to increase in both the U.S. and Canada. AEM released February sales data last week, showing U.S. tractor sales were up 41% from the same month last year.  For the first two months in 2021, more than 32,000 tractors were sold, which […]

ARC/PLC Sign Up Deadline Is Monday

Monday is the deadline to sign up for ARC or PLC. “So far this year we’ve only got 81.15%cof our expected enrollment. That’s 1.4 million producers,” FSA Administrators Zach Ducheneaux noted. “Just to give you some of the historical numbers 2019 we had 1.77 million producers signed up and 1.756 in 2020 and again we’re […]