House Passes Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Late last week, the House passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act by a 247-174 vote. The legislation, sponsored by Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and California’s Zoe Lofgren gives farmworkers in the United States without legal documents a way to gain legal status, as well as reforms the H-2A program and establishes a mandatory, nationwide E-verify […]

ISDA Continues To Watch For Transport Of Invasive Mussels

If you travel from one northwest state to another, you’ll notice a boat inspection stop at the border. This is an effort to prevent invasive species, specifically the zebra mussel from moving across the region, infecting water systems. Lloyd Knight with the Idaho state Department of Agriculture says zebra mussels can have a huge economic […]

Cantwell: Great American Outdoors Act Results In Millions For Washington Forests

On Friday, Senator Maria Cantwell announced that four Washington lands projects, two in North Central Washington, and one each in Kitsap and Clark counties, will receive $14,740,000 to protect salmon spawning streams and other watershed projects. The funding from the Forest Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund via the Great American Outdoors Act passed by […]

Oregon Remains Dry As Spring Starts

Spring may only be a few days old, but there are several locations that are very dry for this time of year. According to the latest USDA numbers, nearly 13% of Oregon is under a D-3, or Extreme Drought. Most of that is confined to Klamath and Lake counties as well as Central Oregon. In […]

How Does Soil Health Impact Farm Management Decisions?

All farmers these days are interested in improving soil health, but not everyone may know exactly what that means or takes. Dr. Brian Gardener, Ag Spectrum Technical Director, says it’s important to know the basics of soil health and how farm management decisions can impact your soil and your yields. “Soil Health is, simply put, […]

Bentz: Natural Resources Appointment Good For Northwest Ag

Eastern Oregon’s Cliff Bentz has been named the Ranking Member on the House’s Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife for the upcoming Congress. The freshman representative says this appointment is beneficial for both the Beaver State and the Northwest. “It gives me the opportunity to offer amendments that would either fix a problem […]

USDA: Egg Prices Remain High

American table egg producers have been riding a wholesale price roller coaster over the past few years. 2019 prices only averaging about 96 cents per dozen, then when we got to early 2020. “We had this sudden surge in retail buy-in as consumers faced with stay-at-home orders went to the grocery stores to stock up on […]

USDA Looking To Improve Food Box Program

USDA is seeking public comments on a food purchase and distribution program that is aimed at providing additional aide to non-profits serving people in need of nutrition assistance. If implemented, the program will replace the Food Box Purchase program created in April in response to needs that emerged at the start of the pandemic. However, […]

Aircraft Dispute Still Threatens U.S. Wheat Trade with EU

American wheat farmers and customers on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean applauded a temporary truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and European Union. The cross-Atlantic dispute is centers around an unrelated case regarding aircraft subsidies. The 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. hard red spring wheat imports into the U.K. and European […]