NMPF Pleased With Effort To Make Dairy Producers Eligible For H-2A

Last week, the National Milk Producers Federation expressed their pleasure with an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, proposed by representatives Dan Newhouse and Henry Cuellar that will allow the dairy industry to participate in the H-2A program. NMPF’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations Paul Bleiberg, said the amendment is very important to the […]

USDA Announces Assistance For Timber Businesses Impacted By Pandemic

On Tuesday, the USDA announced it is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Department, harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 are eligible for the Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance […]

Hood River County Named Primary Natural Disaster Area

On Tuesday, the USDA designated Hood River County in northern Oregon a Natural Disaster area. The designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through Emergency Loans. The USDA says emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or […]

Lohmann Already Confident 2021 Will Be A Year For The Record Books

It’s dry across the Northwest, but just how dry is making many take note. Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said when it comes to precipitation deficits: Wenatchee: 1 ½”-2” Yakima: 2”-2 ½” Pullman: 2”-3” Tri-Cities: 3” Central Oregon [Bend/Redmond]: 3” Spokane: 5” “But there is an area stretching from central Oregon through […]

Analyst Looks At How Lumber Prices Will Impact The Farm Economy

Market conditions, including the COVID-19 pandemic, brought more volatility to commodities in 2020, along with higher demand and prices for things like lumber. But, what does the market action in lumber mean for agriculture? Mike Zuzolo of Global Commodity Analytics and Consulting LLC, said it’s important to watch all commodities because of their interconnection. “No, […]

WAEF: Nearly 750 Plates Sold In The First Year

Washington Apple Education Foundation says year one of their specialty apple license plate was a success, with 747 sold statewide. Jennifer Witherbee, WAEF Executive Director, said the license plate program was launched July 1, 2020 in an effort to raise money for student scholarships. “We have about 750 plates out on Washington highways right now […]

Tai Talks Trade With Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Kathrine Tai traveled to Wisconsin to meet with dairy farmers. Several producers voiced their concerns and priorities for dairy exports, specifically when it comes to trade issues with Canada under USMCA. “I think we had some really candid exchanges. One of the really important aspects of the USMCA is that […]

Animal Ag Organizations Launch Protein PACT

Earlier this week, U.S. animal agriculture groups announced the Protein PACT. The coalition is the first joint initiative designed to accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable development goals across the animal protein sector. The Protein PACT was submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit as a sustainability game changer, and sustainable livestock and […]

Ducheneaux: Indemnity Program Will Benefit Livestock Producers Still Struggling

A newly announced aspect of the USDA’s pandemic assistance for producers initiative, is focused on livestock and poultry producers. “These producers who had to euthanize or otherwise dispose of animals because slaughter capacity just wasn’t there because of the pandemic,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. Incurred financial losses as well as cost associated with herd […]