Ag Community Not Thrilled With Legislation Addressing Overtime Issues

Legislation that would address several overtime questions in Washington is not sitting well in the farming community for a variety of reasons. Senate Bill 5172 is currently in the state House. The legislation looks to initiate a stair stepped approach to overtime pay for farm workers that cross 40 hours in a week. If approved, […]

Griff Highlights The Importance Of Advocacy Efforts During The Pandemic

The pandemic has made many aspects of life more challenging for the farming community, but advocacy does not have to be one of those. Brad Griff Executive Director of the Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association, said they were scheduled to meet up with fellow growers from across the country a few weeks ago to talk with […]

Western Washington Campylobacter Infections Linked To Raw Milk

According to the Washington state Department of Health, multiple campylobacter infections have been connected to raw milk distributed by a western Washington dairy. Five lab-positive cases have been identified in individuals who consumed Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk purchased in Clallam, Skagit, Kitsap, and Clark Counties. Dungeness Valley Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of […]

NASS: More Winter Wheat Planted Than Expected

It looks farmers planted more acres of winter wheat than initially thought. Last week, the USDA reported 33.1 million acres of winter wheat. “That’s up 3.4% from the from the seeding number back in January. So now 8.8% above what was actually planted last year,” noted NASS’ Lance Hoenig. He added it’s the first increase […]

Massman Starts Tenure As Darigold Board Member

Darigold has a new board member. Linda Massman started her roll on Thursday, April 1st. Massman will serve on the Darigold and Northwest Dairy Association board as well as on several committees. Darigold officials said her experience as an executive will assist her in chairing the compensation committee, and her diverse background in finance and […]

20 States Support NAMI Against Prop 12

A total of 20 states filed a brief with the Supreme Court supporting the North American Meat Institute’s petition challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12. “The governments of nearly half the states agree that if California is allowed to apply its laws of conduct in other states, a single state will dictate policies in […]

AFIA Applauds Vilsack Enthusiasm for TPA

The American Feed Industry Association is thanking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack for asking Congress to renew Trade Promotion Authority legislation. AFIA’s President and CEO Constance Cullman said the animal feed and pet food industries are encouraged by Secretary Vilsack’s recognition of the importance of renewing TPA and is hopeful that the Biden administration intends to […]

Alltech ONE Ideas Conference returns virtually in 2021

Alltech’s global agri-food conference, the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference, will run virtually this year. Now in its 37th year, Alltech’s flagship event is an industry resource, with “innovative ideas, inspiration and motivation from world-class speakers”, will take place on-line May 25th-27th. The virtual platform provides on-demand tracks, streaming keynote presentations and live Q&A chats with […]