Washington’s Snowpack In “Very Good Shape” To Start April

“Pretty Incredible” That’s how Scott Pattee with the Washington NRCS describes the statewide snowpack, which sits at 131% of average for this time of year, the highest statewide average across the west. Pattee noted the snow year started very slowly and didn’t catch up normal until February. He added that temperatures, as of recent, have […]

CBDL Hopeful Local Infrastructure Projects Will Be Addressed By 117th Congress

After President Biden’s recent announcement of his over $2T infrastructure improvement plan, there’s growing hope in the farming world that water infrastructure will be addressed. That includes not only water transport, but also irrigation water which is so vital here in the west. Sara Higgins with the Columbia Basin Development League said outside of some […]

Probable Wolf Depredation Attributed To Washington’s Leadpoint Pack

Washington state Department of Fish and Wildfire crews were called to a possible wolf attack on a bull in the northeast corner of the state on Friday March 26th. While WDFW staff investigated, they determined the injured bull which triggered the call had not been attacked by a wolf. However, while on scene staff observed […]

Fuel Prices Stabilize On Mixed COVID, Economic News

After weeks of a steady climb higher, fuel prices have slightly leveled off, with West Texas Crude trading around $59 per barrel in Monday’s action. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy said oil prices declined slightly this week, thanks to a mixed bag of economic news. On the encouraging side, more coronavirus vaccinations are being distributed. However, […]

USDA Reopens CFAP2 Enrollment

On Monday, the USDA reopened the signup window for the CFAP 2. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial CFAP 2 signup ended in December, but USDA has reopened the signup period for CFAP 2 for at […]

Biden: Rural Broadband A Big Part Of American Jobs Plan

Last week, President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion dollar American Jobs Plan. “I’ll begin with the heart of the plan. It modernizes transportation infrastructure; our roads, our bridges, our airports…” Speaking in Pittsburgh last week, Biden also addressed another issue that is important for rural America. “Millions of Americans lack access to reliable high-speed Internet. […]

USDA Seeks Public Input to Create a New Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program

The Department of Agriculture is seeking your input to help create a new Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program. USDA is seeking written comments and will host a public listening session on April 22, 2021. USDA’s Justin Maxson said, “we must put rural communities at the heart of climate action and climate-smart solutions, and that begins […]

U.S. Hemp Seed Production Increasing

Hemp cultivated for seed and grain comprised approximately 10% of 2020 total U.S. acreage. According to Hemp Benchmarks, that comes out to 14,000 acres nationwide. By comparison, Canadian cultivators grew more than five times that acreage, beyond 75,000 acres, the vast majority of which were exported to the United States. Exports to the U.S. have […]

Chicken Marketing Summit 2021 Registration Opens

Registration is now open for the 2021 Chicken Marketing Summit. The annual executive conference, hosted by WATT Global Media, is scheduled for July 18-20, 2021, at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Fernandina Beach, FL. This year’s Chicken Marketing Summit will focus on what consumers will be looking for from protein suppliers and what strategies […]