Wine Commission: Washington’s Harvest Smaller In 2020 But Quality Was High

According to the Washington state Wine Commission, the wine grape harvest was slightly smaller last year, but the quality was still high. The Commission’s annual Grape Production Report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed 178,500 tons of wine grapes were harvested in 2020, an 11% decrease compared to 2019. “The smaller […]

Schoesler: Overtime Discussion Not Good for Producers, Employees

As Washington lawmakers continue to debate the idea of requiring overtime pay for ag workers, one farm legislator says the conversation is not good for either the producer or the employee. Senator Mark Schoesler, a wheat farmer from Ritzville, said the idea of initiating overtime pay is counterproductive for both sides of the equation. “Because, […]

Sager: Scout Potato Fields Early, Often

With many potato growers getting out in the field, or in some cases wrapping up planting, it’s important that pest control is on the mind. Even this early in the season, Kirk Sager with FMC, said its important growers are thinking about the damage Colorado potato beetles or cabbage loopers can do if not addressed […]

Legislation Would Expand Access to Affordable Credit for Farmers

A bipartisan bill introduced this week looks to improve credit opportunities for rural America. The legislation, the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act, would remove taxation on income from farm real estate loans made by community banks. Authors of the bill, Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind and Iowa Republican Randy Feenstra said the act would […]

Australia Wheat Production Up This Season

A rebound in wheat production down in Australia is expected to add to a record global production estimate for this season. USDA World Agriculture Outlook Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, said this year’s crop looks to be impressive. “Off to a new record of 33 million metric tons more than doubled last year’s production Australia had suffered […]

Grassley Fears Administration Will Raise Taxes On Ag Sector

Senate Finance senior member Chuck Grassley predicts President Biden will push to increase taxes on agriculture and other sectors to pay for his Green New Deal and infrastructure bills. Grassley and other Republicans recently introduced legislation to end the estate tax. That is in stark contrast to President Biden and Hill Democrats want to boost […]

Vilsack Takes A Look At U.S./China Relationship

Phase One of the U.S./China Trade Agreement and its benefits to the American farmer have been boosted in part by Chinese purchases of various commodities. But in terms of his own confidence that this trend will continue, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, recently noted: “I’m confident as long as the relationship is focused on trade because […]