Ag Economy Barometer up 12 Points

The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record setting performance in October of 184. Organizers say this month’s 12-point rise in the barometer was attributable almost entirely to ag producers’ more optimistic view of the future. The Index of Future Expectations climbed to 164, 16 […]

Chumrau: UI Cookie Will Benefit Growers In Several Ways

Last month, the Idaho Wheat Commission announced the licensing of UI Cookie a new soft white spring variety. Casey Chumrau, IWC Executive Director said UI Cookie has excellent yield, superior end-use quality and easy threshing ability. She added there’s currently excellent demand for all soft whites, both winter and spring. “About 65% of the Idaho […]

Lohmann: Dry Weather Expected To Continue

The last couple of days have been filled with sunshine, mild temperatures and great spring weather. But that appears to be coming to an end starting Wednesdays. According to Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said a new system will roll in from the Pacific, but it’s not expected to bring more than […]

HAF Opens DREAMS Scholarship Application Process

On Tuesday, the Hispanic Access Foundation opened the application process for the Our DREAMS Scholarship. The Foundation said through the scholarship, as many as 50 recipients $500 each in monetary relief for filing or renewal fees for their DACA, TPS applications. To be applicable to apply, you need to be eligible for DACA, TPS, or […]

CWU Marks National Week Of the Farmworkers

National Week of the Farmworkers wrapped up March 31st. And to celebrate the occasion intended to bring attention to farmworkers and honor their contributions, Central Washington University held a forum in which students who come from farm working backgrounds could share some of their stories. Ramiro Casas, a freshman from Prosser, WA, said he’s worked […]

World Dairy Expo 2021 To Remain in Madison, WI

World Dairy Expo will remain in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2021. Event organizers last week announced the 54th edition of the event is scheduled September 28th-October 2nd at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The announcement follows contingency planning and consideration of alternative venues. Bill Hageman, WDE Board President, said, “The clarity that Expo’s leaders sought from […]

Vilsack: Seniors Are Often Overlooked In SNAP Conversations

One segment of the population that is typically overlooked with it comes to SNAP is senior citizens. “We need to make sure we address the challenges with seniors,” said Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, at a recent anti-hunger conference. “I think some seniors believe that SNAP is a welfare program; it’s not. It’s a program that […]

Growth Energy: To Decarbonize Transportation, America Must Turn to Biofuels

Following President Biden’s announcement last week of a nationwide infrastructure package, Growth Energy says the plan overlooks the need to expand low carbon biofuels, like ethanol. The American Jobs Plan seeks to improve highways, bridges, ports, airports and transit systems. The plan also seeks to improve drinking water, the electric grid, and broadband. In total, the […]

USDA Looks To Forgive Rural Loans

The American Rescue Plan, according to USDA Head Tom Vilsack, has a variety of programs and plans to help rural America. Once of those plans includes loan forgiveness in rural areas. “Two types of loans we’re dealing with: direct loans and guaranteed loans,” Vilsack noted. “Let me deal with the direct loans first. To the […]