Oregon Seed Dealer, Owner and ODA Agree Over Seed Investigation

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, Dynamic Seed Source, LLC, and Dynamic’s owner, Trevor Abbott, have settled allegations of violation of the state’s Seed Law. According to ODA, an investigation found Abbott and Dynamic Seed at least 161 seed lots as Kentucky 31, resulting in 207 violations. In Oregon, a single lot of grass seed can […]

Tai Addresses Trade Concerns Of Congressional Leaders

Trade took center stage in Washington D.C Wednesday. U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai pushed back on Republican claims that new trade deals are on the back burner in the Biden Administration. Challenged by top Finance Republican Idaho’s Mike Crapo that the Administration has put trade deals with the U.K. and Kenya on the back Burner, […]

Focus On Fruit for 05/13/21

How is the local apple industry addressing an odd request made this year by India? Mark Powers takes a look. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Coos, Curry Counties Receive Drought Designation

This week, the USDA designated Coos and Curry counties in Oregon as drought disasters. The designation allows the FSA to extend emergency credit to producers through emergency loans. Those loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or […]

U.S. & Mexico Keep Organic Trade Open

Last week, Mexico agreed to extend the deadline for U.S. organic exports to be certified to its Organic Products Law. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with his counterpart, and they agreed to extend the compliance deadline to December 31, 2021. Through 2021, USDA-certified organic products may continue to be exported, but on January 1, […]

Buttigieg: Now Is The Time To Update America’s Infrastructure System

Infrastructure is vital to the American Ag industry for a variety of reasons. President Joe Biden has proposed spending more than $2 trillion to revitalize America’s transportation infrastructure, water systems as well as expand broadband access in rural America. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said it’s time to get the infrastructure system updated. “There is […]

Drought Emergency Declared in 41 California Counties

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an expanded “drought emergency proclamation” for 41 of the state’s 58 counties. Newsom cited above-average temperatures and dry conditions in April and May, directing the state water board to consider modifying the requirements for reservoir releases and other conservation measures. In addition, the declaration gives California officials flexibility in regulatory […]

May Drought Numbers Historic

The latest U.S. drought monitor is reaching historic levels. “There have only been four times in in the history of the drought monitor that we have seen more than 40% US drought coverage as we’ve come in to early May,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brady Rippey. “The current U.S. drought coverage is 46.6% of the lower […]

Vilsack Details New America The Beautiful Proposal

Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, says there are six areas the new America the Beautiful will address. “First, rewarding the voluntary conservation efforts to ranchers farmers and foresters. Second, partnering with nature-deprived communities to create parks and open spaces.” Third, would be supporting tribal-led conservation and restoration priorities, while fourth would be expanding wildlife habitat. “Fifth, […]