WHIP+ Available To Help Klamath Basin Farmers

For many across the Northwest, 2021 is turning out to be a dry year. When it comes to addressing drought and water supply concerns here in the west, House Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently told a House Ag Committee. “We’ll continue to look at the full range of resources that we have under the various […]

USDA: Dairy Prices Are Moving Higher

Dairy prices are on the way up. “It’s been very interesting in dairy as we continue to raise our expectations for product prices and therefore for milk prices by class and the all milk price,” noted USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer. Despite the increase he acknowledged dairy farmers still face challenges. “Those input prices are […]

McMorris Rodgers Tells Inslee to Stop Killing Salmon in Puget Sound

Eastern Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers is urging both Governor Jay Inslee and the Department of Ecology to protect Chinook stocks located in the Puget Sound. The Spokane area Republican said the state has proposed a new general pollution permit allowing 58 sewage treatment plants to discharge into Puget Sound. “As the Department of Ecology considers public […]

NPC Concerned About the U.S./Mexico Trade Relationship

The National Potato Council and 26 other leading food and agricultural associations recently sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern over what they call the deterioration of the U.S.’s trade with Mexico. NPC Public Relations Director Mark Szymanski said potato growers have been denied market access, corn growers are having genetically modified crops […]

USDA Looks To Reverse Decline in Conservation Reserve Sign-Ups

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is only days away from announcing “greater opportunities” for landowners to take fragile farmland out of production in exchange for a payment. The Biden Administration is looking for ways to halt a 13-year decline in the number of signups under the Conservation Reserve Program, the largest land set-aside […]

NCBA Endorses House Companion of HAULS Act

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association endorsed the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety, or HAULS Act of 2021. Introduced in the House by Tennessee Republican John Rose and Democrat Darren Soto of Florida, NCBA says the bipartisan bill would deliver much-needed flexibility for livestock haulers. The House bill is a companion to a […]

Vilsack Calls On Congress To Make Conservation Efforts Profitable For Farmers

More often than not, farmers are excellent stewards of the land; many will call themselves the “original conservationists”. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently said American farmers could play an even bigger role in improving the overall health of the environment, but there’s a major road block for them. “We have 45 different practices that we […]

USDA NIFA Invests $14 million in Ag Workforce Training

The USDA’s NIFA recently announced more than $14 million in workforce training grants. Awarded was $9.4 million in funding for 19 Agricultural Workforce Training grants, and 12 awards totaling $4.8 million for rural economic development projects. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. USDA said the Agricultural Workforce training grants will […]