Overtime Pay For Dairy Workers Starts July 25th

Starting Sunday July 25th, dairy workers in Washington will start to receive overtime once they work more than 40 hours in a week. Jeff Mayor with Washington Labor & Industries said this is due to the legislature passing Senate Bill 5172 this session, which was a response made to a Supreme Court ruling in late […]

Washington L&I Issues Emergency Wildfire Smoke Rules

On Friday, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries filed emergency rules the organization says will protect employees from exposure to wildfire smoke. The new rules, which are in effect now, impact workers in agriculture, construction and others that spend a majority of their time outdoors. “This wildfire season is shaping up to be even […]

NCBA Making Free Trade Show Admission Available for FFA Members

The yearly Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show brings together producers and their families from across the country. And this year’s event in early August will be free to FFA members. To encourage young people to participate, Culver’s is sponsoring “FFA Day” at the NCBA Trade Show on Thursday, August 12th in Nashville, TN. […]

Rural Mainstreet Index Stays in Growth Territory

Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet Index stayed above growth neutral for the seventh month in a row. The monthly survey of bank CEOs in areas that rely on agriculture and energy shows that the June index fell to a still strong 70.0 from May’s record high of 78.8. The index ranges from 0 to 100, with […]

Oil Prices Move Lower As COVID Numbers Move Up

After weeks of climbing steadily, oil prices dropped considerably in Monday’s trade, with West Texas Crude Oil trading around $67 per barrel. The sharp drop came shortly after OPEC announced an increase in oil production. In addition, coronavirus cases continue to weigh on the minds of investors. Patrick DeHaan with Gas Buddy said investors are […]

AFBF: A Majority Of Western Farmers Struggling During Drought

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently surveyed producers in the 13 western states to find how the drought is impacting day-to-day operations. “Over 85% rated selling off portions of their herd or flock as prevalent or higher, 87% of respondents say there’s an increase in feed costs associated with drought, 77% of them reduced their […]

Like U.S., Russia’s Spring Wheat Crop Struggling

For wheat growers in the United States and Russia, there are more similarities than differences, beyond the fact that both counties grow winter and spring wheat. World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski, said as in the U.S., both of Russia’s wheat crops have been experiencing differing weather conditions. “Winter wheat production benefited from really […]

Grassley Warns That Connecting Broadband To Infrastructure Bill is “Risky”

Congressional Democrats are connecting Ag infrastructure issues, such as broadband, to the very larg, and politically risky, Biden infrastructure effort. House Ag Chair David Scott recently called his panel into session to vote out a $50 billion broadband bill, which is expected to become part of the trillion-dollar-plus Biden infrastructure deal with some Republicans. But […]

Executive Order Looks To Allow Farmers To Make Own Repairs

While it may not come under USDA’s purview, it will could have a big impact on farmers nationwide. Part of President Biden’s recent Executive Order, focused on competition, gives Ag producers the ability to conduct do-it-yourself repairs or use repair shops independent from equipment manufacturers. And when it comes to manufacturers who says the dealership […]