DeVaney: Extreme Heat Has Had An Impact On Cherry Crop, Workers

While the exact numbers have yet to be determined, experts say the extreme heat the Northwest experienced to wrap up June will have an impact on this year’s fruit crop. Jon DeVaney Executive Director of the Washington state Tree Fruit Commission said dealing with triple digit temperatures this early in the summer is unusual. And […]

NW Wheat Stocks Drop 29% Year Over Year

According to NASS, all wheat stocks stored in the Northwest decreased 29% from June 1st, 2020 to June 1st, 2021. In Idaho, stored wheat topped out at 18.7 million bushels at the start of last month, off from the 28.8 million bushels reported last year. Off-farm stocks were down 31%, while on-farm stocks were down […]

UI Looking At Trait Priorities In Sheep

A research project led by the University of Idaho is working on discovering the genes that determine the most desirable traits in sheep. Associate Professor Brenda Murdoch says one of the goals of the project is to help producers either develop genetic tools or make better breeding decisions. “So this project will add reference genomes […]

Science Shows Dams And Salmon Can Coexist, Newhouse Says

Many in the environmental community say for the Chinook salmon to survive, the four lower Snake River dams must be removed. However the farming community is quick to point out the issue is not nearly a black and white one, saying there are several factors impacting the number of salmon that return to the Snake […]

USMCA Trade Officials Meeting in Mexico City This Week

Trade representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada are set to meet this week to commemorate the first anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, better known as USMCA. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai, and Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade meet in Mexico City Tuesday. The […]

Washington Ecology Looking At Reissuing Biosolids General Permit

Washingtonians are encouraged to comment on the state Department of Ecology’s proposal to reissue a Statewide General Permit for Biosolids Management. Jean Mendoza, with Sierra Club in Yakima, says biosolids is non-liquid sewage sludge with toxins from medications, dishwater, wastewater that end up down the drain or toilet and then put on cropland. “This may not sound like a big deal, […]

USDA to Review Product of USA Labeling

On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission voted to strengthen its enforcement of the Made in USA standard. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack responded, “American consumers depend upon accurate, transparent labels to obtain important information about the food they consume.” The FTC requires products to display a country of origin. However, if the products are imported and […]