Naerebout: DAIRY PRIDE Act Good For Consumers, Idaho Producers

Last week, several lawmakers, including Idaho’s Jim Risch and Mike Simpson, reintroduced the DAIRY PRIDE Act, which would require the FDA to crack down on the use of dairy terms by non-dairy products. Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association said survey after survey has shown consumers are legitimately confused, and they don’t recognize […]

Washington’s Wolf Population Continues To Climb

According to the latest numbers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the wolf population in Washington continued to grow in 2020. WDFW’s annual report, released late last week shows the minimum count of wolves reached its highest levels since the species began returning to the state. “Washington wolf recovery continues to make solid […]

Several Ag Related Projects Included In Washington Capital Budget

Over the weekend, Washington lawmakers approved a two-year state capital budget, House Bill 1080. Several farm focused projects across the state will get funding in the upcoming biennium, including: $4.2 million for Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District $300,000 for the Selah-Moxee Irrigation District $235,000 for the Yakima Valley Fair in Grandview $5 Million in Funding for […]

Dilley: OT Legislation A Good, Balanced Compromise

The Washington State Legislature passed a bill this session shifting overtime threshold rules for agricultural workers to anything over 40 hours by 2024. Washington State Dairy Federation Communications Director Scott Dilley said they were able to protect producers from retroactive pay for the past three years. “In that sense it seemed like a good balanced compromise. We have […]

USDA Releases Vegetable and Pulses Outlook

The Department of Agriculture is out with its April 2021 Vegetable and Pulses Outlook. Despite a continuing pandemic and weather-related events, USDA says the U.S. vegetable industry was able to overcome a myriad of obstacles and continue to supply consumers with an almost uninterrupted flow of vegetables and pulse crops. Assuming the impact of the […]

USDA Seeks Comments on Food System Supply Chains

The Department of Agriculture is looking for your thoughts on USDA-wide effort to improve and reimagine food supply chains. Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the comment period as part of a response to an executive order signed by President Joe Biden in February. The comments received, Vilsack said, will help USDA assess the […]

Vilsack Talks About Focus On Western Drought

A few weeks ago in the wake of a growing drought in the west and a few other locations, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, told lawmakers: “We’re going to take a look at re-constituting the Drought Task Force and Resiliency Task Force that we had during the Obama Administration.” And indeed with conjunction with last week’s […]