PNW Cropland Rent Moves Higher, Pasture Rates Mixed

According to NASS, the cropland rental rates in all three Northwest states increased year over year. Cash rent expense for all cropland in Idaho this year came in at an estimated $180 per acre, up $9 per acre from last year. Irrigated cropland is estimated at $236 per acre, up $11  acre from 2020. Non-irrigated […]

Chobani, UI Announce Third Class of Chobani Scholars

Earlier this week, the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences announced the selection of its latest class of Chobani Scholars. The four high school graduates will each receive $20,000 from Chobani to support their four-year degree. This is the third year in a row that Chobani has funded these grants. All four […]

Arizona Judge Vacates Navigable Waters Protection Rule

The District of Arizona court ruled this week to vacate the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. However, what the decision means for the rule is one of many questions yet to be answered. Three courts have refused to dismantle the NWPR, including last month when a federal court in South Carolina refused a similar request from […]

WSDA Is Trying To Help Producers Find Assistance

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is working with producers that have been impacted by the significant drought this season, including where to find assistance and advocating with the federal government. The WSDA’s Amber Betts said this has been one of, if not the worst droughts in recent memory. “Our message to our producers in […]

Lohmann: Expect A Dry September, Good Possibility of La Niña

While the season technically runs through September 23rd, many consider this weekend the end of summer. As we look back on the summer of 2021, meteorologist Marilynn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said the year will go into the record books for a variety of reasons, whether it was the record heat experienced in […]

CBDL Continues Push For Water Infrastructure Improvements

The Columbia Basin Development League, along with the Washington Congressional Delegation, continue to push for water infrastructure improvements. CBDL Communications/Projects Specialist Katlyn Straub said they’ve been pleased with the progress. “All the focus that Congress has given to infrastructure overall this year has allowed for some attention to be given to aging agricultural water infrastructure and […]

Tri-Cities Wine Festival Calls It Quits

After taking place for more than 40 years, the Tri-Cities Wine Festival announced the discontinuation of the event. In years past, the annual event has attracted thousands of attendees, including representatives form the wine industry in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and even portions of British Columbia. What would have been the 42nd festival in 2020 […]

Hours-of-service Exemption for Livestock Haulers Extended

On Tuesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the exemption from hours-of-service requirements for livestock haulers. Advocated by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the organization said livestock haulers continue to need the flexibility for the well-being of livestock during hauls, and to keep grocery stores stocked with beef during the continued disruption of COVID-19. […]

WTO Panel to Review China’s Compliance on Farm Product Imports

The World Trade Organization this week established a dispute panel requested by China. The panel will determine whether China complied with an earlier WTO ruling regarding the administration of its tariff rate quotas. China submitted its second request for a dispute panel to determine whether it has complied with a 2019 ruling concerning its TRQs […]

Interior Department Expands Recreation on Fish and Wildlife Managed Areas

On Monday, the Interior Department announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres. The increased recreational access includes 88 National Wildlife Refuges and one National Fish Hatchery. Secretary Deb Haaland stated, “Increasing access to outdoor recreation opportunities is essential to advancing the […]