Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Fresh U.S. Potatoes

Earlier this week, the Mexican Supreme Court overturned a 2017 lower court decision that prevented fresh U.S. potatoes from entering the country. Wednesday’s unanimous ruling, marks the end of a decade-long legal process that began when Mexico’s potato industry sued its government to prevent competition from imports. Since it first allowed for the importation of […]

Drought In Southern Oregon Could Be Worse Than 2001

This year is already shaping up to be a difficult one for irrigators in southern Oregon. President of the Klamath Water Users Association Ben DuVal said while they originally thought it might be as bad as 2001, it actually might be worse. “Since then we’ve gotten the April 15th forecast and as inflows continue to show up even […]

Brown Calls On Lawmakers To Provide More Funding To Expand Broadband Access

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown went before the Joint Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development, urging lawmakers to support her call for investments to expand broadband access statewide. Brown has proposed an $118 million investment, with a focus on providing broadband access to underserved communities that, she says, have been disproportionately impacted during the […]

WSDA’s RR&EM Looks Back On Successes During Pandemic

The past year plus has been challenging for the entire Northwest, the entire world, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to help keep the farm economy moving, and provided needed food and assistance, the Washington State Department of Agriculture stepped in to roles throughout 2020 many were not use to seeing. And that […]

USDA to Incentivize Purchase of Fruits and Vegetables under WIC

Participants in WIC may soon see a temporary increase to their benefits. The increase will apply to the purchase of fruits and vegetables. With $490 million provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, USDA has offered the option of boosting the cash-value voucher benefit by more than three times the current amount for […]

Ag Businesses Report Favorable First Quarter Earnings

Earning reports topped headlines on Wall Street this week, and agriculture businesses seem to be doing well. Syngenta reported first-quarter sales of $7.1 billion, up 20% year over year. BASF reported first-quarter sales were up 16 percent, to 19.4 billion euros, or $23.52 billion. AGCO reported sales for the first quarter were approximately $2.4 billion, […]

Dairy Groups Announce Federal Milk Pricing Proposal

Earlier this week, four Midwestern dairy groups this week announced a Federal Milk Marketing Orders proposal. The proposal aims to create long-term stability in fluid milk pricing and reducing the likelihood of negative producer price differentials that cut into farmers’ revenue last year during the pandemic. The proposal from the Dairy Business Association, Edge Dairy […]

Expect Higher Fresh Fruit Prices This Year

You’ve heard it since you were a kid: for good health, eat more fresh fruits. But, to do it, it’s going to cost you more. USDA Economist and Food Price Tracker, Carolyn Chelius, said consumers in 2019 and 2020 got a break on fresh fruits with prices down both years. She noted, last year, fresh […]

Cosby Provides Details On RCPP Funding

The latest round of USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding awards covers 85 projects for about $330 million dollars for fiscal year 2021. NRCS Acting Chief, Terry Cosby, said with this latest group of RCPP projects the end total, 336 such projects are in place throughout the country. “They are supported by over 2000 partners […]