Koenig Tapped As Interim Dean At WSU

The changing of the guard gets underway in Pullman Monday. Rich Koenig has been named interim dean of the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, effective July 1, following an open, internal search. Meanwhile, starting Monday, he will assume the position of acting dean. Koenig has been with WSU since […]

What Can PNW Wheat Grower Do To Overcome The Yield Gap?

When it comes potential yield loss among wheat crops in the Pacific Northwest, recent research points toward unrealized grains per head and low grain weight as the chief issues for growers to overcome. Cat Salois, Director of Research and Technology for The McGregor Company, said the stay green, or longevity, of the flag leaf contributes […]

Cherry Crop Estimate Remains Unchanged

The third projection of the 2021 cherry crop looks very similar to the second projection. According to Northwest Cherry Growers, the estimated 2021 crop remains effectively unchanged at 223,700 tons. If that figure holds, this season would be about 17.7% larger than last year’s crop, but 5.7% smaller from 2019’s crop. Even though the net […]

Lewison: Capital Gains Tax Will Have A Direct Impact On Washington Farmers

During the 2021 legislative session, Washington lawmakers passed a new capital gains tax; a tax that will be challenged in court. Pam Lewison with the Washington Policy Center said with no exemptions for farm lands, the tax will have severe impacts on producers statewide. “Anyone who tracks the value of farmland should be well aware that $250,000 is […]

House Ag Chair Opposes Biden Tax Proposals

House Ag Committee Chair David Scott sent a letter to President Biden recently regarding his American Jobs Plan and American Family Plan. While the Democrat from Georgia supports the historic nature of the plans, he’s unhappy with some of Biden’s tax proposals to help pay for the plans. Scott said the tax plan will likely […]

Registration Open for 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show

Registration is now open for the annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show. The event is In Nashville, Tennessee, August 10-12, and filled with activities for the entire family. Cattlemen and women from around the country gather for education, entertainment, and excitement. “The importance of gathering face-to-face this year is even […]

Rural Development Helps Farm Country In A Variety Of Ways

USDA’s Rural Development is larger than you might think. Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, Justin Maxson said the agency has roughly $243 billion in assets, making them the 13th largest bank in the country. “We are primarily an infrastructure bank that provides affordable and risk tolerant financing that allows communities to build the foundations of […]

AMS Promoting Mandatory Livestock Reporting Program

May was National Beef Month. And the Agricultural Marketing Service used the occasion to roll out a series of market-based educational tools  for cattle producers to better understand and use the Department’s Mandatory Livestock Reporting Data. AMS Associate Deputy Administrator Taylor Cox said products include a short video, user guide and later this month, “The […]