Supporters: Proposed Legislation Will Provide Certainty For Organic Growers

Late last week, a host of lawmakers including central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and western Oregon’s Peter DeFazio introduction legislation they say will improve the federal process for the oversight of organic standards. Supporters says the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act [the CIAO Act] will establish a new framework for advancing organic standards, […]

NWFCS: Profitability Expected For Timber, Sugar Beet Sectors

Today we start our seven part series taking a look at Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Quarterly Commodity Snapshots. And we start with forestry products and sugar beets. NWFCS Vice President Bill Perry said their 12 month outlook for the forest products industry expects profitable timberland operations and very profitable processing operations. “Mills have reached a […]

President Biden’s Tax Proposal Concerning For AFBF

A trio of new tax hikes for farmers and ranchers, that’s how the American Farm Bureau’s tax adviser describes President Joe Biden proposal to pay for infrastructure and social packages. During last week’s joint session of Congress, the President said: “We’re going to get rid of the loopholes that allow Americans to make more than […]

Vilsack Stresses That Rural America Need To Get Vaccinated

Surveys continue to show rural residents are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and less likely to want to take the vaccine. However, Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, said the government must be more focused on getting the vaccine to rural America, for a variety of reasons. “Rural America is a much older population and […]

USDA Announces Updates to Livestock Insurance Policies

Last week, the Department of Ag announced updates to livestock insurance policies for 2022 and beyond. The USDA said the updates are designed to improve options for producers and to create additional opportunities for producers to participate. The changes include ensuring the Class Pricing Option remains available for purchase even when either the Class III […]

Bonnie: Question Must Be Addressed Before USDA Gets Into The “Carbon Bank” Business

Carbon credit markets are showing potential as a possible revenue stream for farmers, thanks to carbon sequestration practices they can implement on their operations. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently came out in favor of the USDA operating as a potential “carbon bank” for American producers that want to participate in carbon markets. Robert Bonnie, President […]

California Court Rules on Chlorpyrifos

A federal court in California gave the Environmental Protection Agency two choices on chlorpyrifos. The agency has 60 days to write a new rule to allow for the safe use of the insecticide, or it can halt all food residue tolerances of chlorpyrifos, which would basically ban most uses of the product. The Ninth Circuit […]

U.S., E.U. Ag Groups Ask for End to Retaliatory Tariffs

A total of 88 U.S. and European organizations representing a wide range of industries are asking for an end to trade tariffs between the U.S. and E.U. The groups sent a letter to leaders on both sides of the Atlantic asking for the permanent removal of the tariffs on sectors unrelated to the ongoing Trans-Atlantic […]

Export Inspections of Corn and Soybeans Rise While Wheat Drops

Week-to-week exports of corn and beans rose while wheat assessments declined. Corn inspections in the seven days ending on April 22 came in at 1.95 million tons. That’s up from 1.56 million metric tons the previous week and was almost double the 1.08 million tons two weeks ago. Soybean assessments last week totaled almost 224,000 […]