Lawmakers Frustrated Over Communication Between Simpson, Brown Offices

Republican lawmakers from Washington and Oregon have expressed their frustration over conversations focused on a proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams. Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse as well as Cliff Bentz issued a joint statement Wednesday after learning that the office of Idaho Representative Mike Simpson has been communicating with […]

Perry: Opportunities Exist For Apple, Cherry Growers In 2021

As our seven part series on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series continues, today we’ve reached the halfway point with apples and cherries. When it comes to apples, Bill Perry, Northwest Farm Credit Services Vice President said their 12 month outlook anticipates growers will break even. “Although prices are elevated for the current […]

White House Announces New Vaccine Goals, Funding for Rural Communities

The White House this week announced a new national vaccine administration goal of 70% of all Americans by July 4th, and President Biden is also taking additional steps to get vaccines to rural communities. The administration is sending new vaccine allocations to rural communities, along with granting $100 million in funding to rural health clinics. […]

Sugar Beet Plantings Ahead Of Average Nationwide

Sugar beet planting nationwide is nearing completion, a little earlier than normal. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 81% of the U.S. crop was planted by May 2nd, ahead of the five-year average of 51% and last year’s 47%. “We’re seeing planting approaching completion in Michigan 95% complete, and Idaho 93%. Then a big week […]

Focus On Fruit for 05/06/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, B.J. Thurlby talks about how cherry growers are feeling with a new season underway. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Central Oregon Irrigation Field Days Set For This Month

With temperatures warming up across the region, six irrigation field days will take place across Central Oregon. Each will start at 9 a.m. and run through most of the day. According to Oregon State Extension officials, the main focus will be the virtues of converting to LESA/LEPA/MDI system pivots and linears, along with other irrigation […]

Despite Difficult Year For Exports, USMEF Optimistic About The Future

U.S. beef exports to the European Union have struggled over the past year due to limited opportunities in Europe’s food service and hospitality sectors. But, U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Yuri Barutkin said exports are poised for a comeback, thanks to the gradual reopening of food service and newly developed retail channels. He noted there was […]

USDA Invests $92.2 Million in Grants for Local, Regional Food Producers

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program. The program grants are funded through the Farmers Market program as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. USDA launched the initiative in March to address shortfalls and disparities in how assistance was […]

Farmers National: Interest in Selling Farmland To Increase

Land sales activity was flat the past few years, but that may soon change. The lower supply of farms for sale has been one of the factors that supported land values after the 2013 peak in prices paid for ag land. Farmers National Company reported this week seeing indications for increased land sale activity through […]

Consumers Considering Health, Environmental Impacts of Food Post-COVID-19

Consumers are increasingly considering their health and environmental sustainability as they shop for food. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend in the past year, according to a panel of experts participating in Farm Journal Foundation’s Speaker Series. Half of consumers have made changes to what they eat in the past two years to lead […]