Northwest Drought Becomes More Severe

The Northwest continues to dry out. The state of Oregon continues to take the brunt of this dry weather. Currently, 26% of the state is under a D3, or Extreme Drought designation, while 4% is a D4, or Exceptional Drought. In fact the entire state is dealing with some kind of drought condition currently. Meanwhile, […]

Over 237K Tons Of Cherries Expected In 2021

Northwest Cherry Growers released it first crop projection of the year Thursday. The early estimate places the 2021 crop at 237,992 tons. Northwest Cherry Growers points out the 22-person estimation team looks at their orchards as well as the surrounding area’s volume dynamics and compiles overviews for their area. Each member submits the data specific […]

Perry: Many Questions Remain For Pear Growers, Wine Industry

Today’s Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series turns to pears as well as the wine industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12 month profitability index sees pear growers breaking even. “Although pears are receiving more favorable pricing due to more manageable supplies and good quality fruit, growers yields were down.  […]

Wine Minute: May Is Oregon Wine Month

Morgen McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, tells us why May is so special for the wine industry statewide. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Work Continues To Address NCW Beaver Problems

The Wenatchee-Entiat Beaver Project, a partnership between Trout Unlimited and Fish and Wildlife, is looking to partner with producers and other landowners who are having issues with beavers. Kodi Jo Jaspers with Trout Unlimited said their work is focused on re-establishing beavers where appropriate, offering beaver dam analogs and helping homeowners needing to cohabitate with or re-locate beavers. “As […]

Dairy Groups Welcome U.S. Callout of EU Food Name Protections

The Consortium for Common Food Names, National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council recently commended U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tia for announcing an opinion on geographic indicators. USTR’s Special 301 Report, an annual publication tallying global challenges pertaining to intellectual property issues, called out the EU’s policy of blocking fair competition through the […]

NMPF: DAIRY PRIDE Act About Labeling Integrity

The National Milk Producers Federation said the new DAIRY PRIDE Act will ensure labeling integrity for dairy products. The legislation, recently reintroduced in the House and Senate, requires the Food and Drug Administration to enforce its own existing standards of identity on imitation dairy products. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen said the bill would clear up […]

Winter Wheat Heading Behind Schedule Nationally

When it comes to the national pace of winter wheat heading, things are slightly behind schedule. “We’re seeing just 27% of the over winter wheat crop headed on May 2nd. That’s well behind the 5-year average pace of 34%. Also behind last year’s 30%.” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said there are signs of heading in […]

CME Group Permanently Closing Physical Trading Pits

CME Group announced this week it will not reopen its physical trading pits that were closed last March due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the trading pits for corn, wheat, soybeans and other ag commodities. Contracts for ag commodities will be traded only electronically. However, CME Group’s Eurodollar options pit, which […]

Vilsack: USDA Offers Economic Help For Producers Impacted By COVID-19

The pandemic is not just a health crisis, but also an economic crisis. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA has a long list of programs and actions that can help the farming community dealing with the economic damage left behind by COVID-19. “We’ve provided some additional assistance and help for farm families who have […]