Chumrau: 2021 Proving To Be A Disappointing Year, But Optimism Remains

The drought has been hard on all producers across the Pacific Northwest, but perhaps one of the commodities where it’s most noticeable is wheat. While many winter wheat growers saw enough precipitation late last year and early this year to have a decent crop, the same cannot be said for spring wheat growers. The latest […]

Lethal Action Approved Against Lookout Mountain Pack

Late last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife approved lethal action against the Lookout Mountain Pack, after a 4th depredation in 14 days. The Department said it will provide a kill permit to the livestock producer who requested the option after ODFW confirmed that the Lookout Mt Pack killed or injured four of […]

WSDA Is Asking You To Check Your Trees During August

Are invasive species hiding in your trees? The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking you to check trees, lights, outdoor equipment and standing water in your yard for harmful bugs. It’s all part of National Tree Check Month in August. “August is the ideal time to look for invasive insects and report any species […]

Griff: 2021 Sugar Beet Crop Looks Good

Despite record heat and drought, it looks like 2021 will be a fairly good year for sugar beet growers in Idaho. According to Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association Executive director, Brad Griff, the crop is on track for a good year with two months to go before harvest. “We’re on pace for a decent year. […]

USDA: 2021 Food Prices Rise Slower Than 2020

Retail food prices have increased 1.6% in the first six months of 2021, less than the rate over the same period last year. The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) said the 2021 increase is equal to the historical average over the same six months from 2000 to 2019. In the first six months […]

Cybersecurity Must Be A Priority For Ag Community

The Memorial Day weekend cyber-attack on the world’s largest meat processor impacted U.S. facilities and created a ripple effect along the supply chain. “[It] caused disruptions to supply chains, logistics, and transportation to customers. And it increased consumer prices]Which has raised questions how to prevent similar events from occurring,” said Jennifer van de Ligt of […]

New Indictments in Broiler Chicken Conspiracy

Koch Foods, Inc., and four Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation executives were charged for their role in an alleged broiler chicken price-fixing scheme. The indictment is the latest action in an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice. DTN said in February, Pilgrim’s Pride admitted to its role in a 2012 conspiracy to fix the price of […]