WSU: Watch Livestock During Extreme Heat

The triple digit, record breaking heat is not only dangerous for humans, but it can be extremely dangerous for livestock as well. Washington State University Livestock Extension Specialist, Don Llewellyn, said livestock owners need to alter their management and practices to reduce the likelihood of heat stress. “We have to handle the livestock early in the […]

IDWR Issues Curtailment Order For Bellevue Area Water Users

The Idaho Department of Water Resources, has issued a curtailment order to approximately 140 entities that own about 310 ground water rights in the Bellevue Triangle area in the lower Wood River Valley. The curtailment order takes effect on Thursday July 1st. In the Curtailment Order, the Gary Spackman, Director of the Idaho Department of […]

Farm Bank Lending Remained Strong in 2020

Despite a global slowdown in 2020, agricultural lending by U.S. farm banks remained strong at $98.6 billion, just a 1.8% drop from the prior year. The American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report attributes the change to a 6.7% decline in agricultural production loans. By contrast, the outstanding loans secured by farmland increased 2.1% […]

Lohmann Dry Conditions May Contributing Factor During Extreme Heat

This week has been one for the record books for many locations across the Northwest, with temperatures well above 100. According to Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, some locations, such as Dallesport WA, topped out at 118 degrees this week. She noted the dry conditions across the Northwest, really the entire western […]

Midwest Wheat Farmers Report Harvest Progress

When taking a look at winter wheat nationwide, one-third of the crop has been harvested. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, that 33% figure is behind the five-year average of 40% and also off of last year’s 59% harvested at this time. But, he said, it’s worth noting that many producers made tremendous progress over […]

Vilsack: We’re Working On Re-staffing NRCS, FSA

FSA and NRCS offices are understaffed as the U.S. emerges from the pandemic, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack insists the needed work is getting done. Vilsack said USDA is trying to get staff back in the office, but returning to pre-pandemic levels will take time. He noted, FSA offices are currently at 75% capacity, while […]

$1M In Scholarships Made Possible By Tree Fruit Industry

The Washington Apple Education Foundation is working on another year of “paying it forward”, as college scholarships are once again being awarded to young people from the tree fruit industry. “We have another really big list of scholarship recipients,” said WAEF Executive Director, Jennifer Witherbee. “We’re so excited to welcome new students. This year we […]

Farm Debt Declines Further and Credit Stress Eases

Agricultural debt at commercial banks continued to decline in the first quarter of 2021, and farm loan performance improved. Last week, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank released the data that shows both real estate and production loans decreased, reducing farm debt by more than 5% from a year ago. The reduction in agricultural loan […]

Experimental Vaccine Protect Cattle from Johne’s Disease

ARS scientists announced last week a new experimental vaccine to protect cattle from the bacterium that causes Johne’s disease. The disease is a chronic intestinal disorder that can cause diarrhea, weight loss, poor health and sometimes death in cattle. In the United States, Johne’s disease is most prevalent in dairy herds, costing the industry more […]

Republicans Launch Conservative Climate Caucus

Last week, House Republicans launched the Conservative Climate Caucus. The caucus includes more than 50 representatives, including Oregon’s Cliff Bentz and Washington’s Dan Newhouse. These representatives come from every committee with jurisdiction over climate policy and various ranking members. Utah Representative John Curtis chairs the caucus, stating, “We do care about climate – and we […]