U.S. Dairy Industry’s Economic Impact Totals $753 Billion

The U.S. dairy industry continues to play a strong role in the U.S., supporting 3.3 million total jobs and $41.6 billion in direct wages. The International Dairy Foods Association released the findings in an economic impact report this week. IDFA’s 2021 Economic Impact Study, which measures the combined impact of the dairy products industry, says […]

Two Look To Purchase Easterday Farm Land

Following the recent bankruptcy of central Washington based Easterday farms, it appears much of the farm land could be sold soon. According to Northwest News Network, nearly 12,000 acres of the family farmland in Benton County is up for $210 million, but will most likely sell for more than that. And at this point, the […]

Farmers Market Minute: Fun For Olympia Families

Olympia Farmers Market Manager Brett Warwick said for those that have never been to the market on Capitol Way, they’re missing out on all of the great things the south Sound area has to offer; all in one easy stop. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or […]

WSU: WADDL Advances Animal & Human Health

Last month, Washington State University unveiled its new $61.9 million Washington Animal Diagnostic Laboratory. Laura Lockard with WSU Global Animal Health, said the new facility brings a lot of new technology and expands capacity. “That means bringing a lot more opportunity for disease surveillance as well as training and education of the students that go through […]

Feds Looking A Cutting Back on Salmon Fishing Along The West Coast

Federal officials have proposed curtailing nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast especially in challenging years in an effort to assist Northwest endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when Chinook salmon forecasts are especially low. The southern resident killer whales, […]

Vilsack No Better Place To Invest Than Rural America

During the recent annual Select USA Investment Summit, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack made his pitch for business and job investment in rural America. “I believe that there is no better place to invest than in rural America; and in businesses that support and are associated with agriculture, renewable energy, and food systems.” Vlisack pointed to […]

MyPlate Focuses On Consumer Nutrition

A USDA Food Nutrition and  consumer service official acknowledges the simple message offered by the MyPlate symbol, now 10 years old. “The concept of MyPlate is just this visualization of how much of the different five food groups to have on your plate and in your beverage.” And Deputy Under Secretary Stacy Dean says it […]

USDA Works To Make Home Ownership Happen

June is National Home Ownership Month which highlights just how important homes are to society. “They’re a source of wealth for so many families,” said USDA Deputy Undersecretary, Justin Maxson. “They’re a foundation of a strong economy and prosperous communities that provide security a place for kids to lay their heads down at night.” Maxson […]