NW Sugarbeet Production Expected To Be Higher, While Dry Pea Expected To Be Lower

Production expectations for several key commodities across the northwest are out as we quickly approach harvest. According to NASS, Idaho sugarbeet production is forecast at 6.99 million tons, up 2% from 2020 production. Harvested area, at 170,000 acres, is up 1,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to be 41.1 tons per acre, up 0.7 […]

President Biden Addresses Wildfires During Trip To PNW

Saying politics has no place at the table, President Joe Biden met with officials at the Interagency Fire Center in Boise Monday. Biden said both parties need to work together to address the obvious impacts of climate change. “It’s not a democrat thing, it’s not a republican thing, it’s a weather thing. It’s a reality. […]

China Opens Strategic Petroleum Reserve Surprising Many

Oil prices rallied a bit in Monday trading, increasing roughly 1%. Patrick DeHaan with Gas Buddy said a variety of issues pushed prices higher, including an ongoing increase in coronavirus cases across the globe, shutdowns in the Gulf Coast rejoin due to hurricane Ida, as well as China’s decision to tap into their Strategic Petroleum […]

NCBA, PLC Voice Opposition To The Administration’s America The Beautiful

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, along with the Public Lands Council, are criticizing the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful campaign that includes an emphasis on wilderness designation. NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources, Kaitlynn Glover, said one of the goals of the Administration is to conserve 30% of  public lands by 2030 and she noted […]

July Beef Exports Set Record While Pork Value Remains Strong

U.S. beef exports set another value record in July. Data recently released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows export value climbed 45% year-over-year to just over $939 million, while volume was the third largest of the post-BSE era at 122,743 metric tons, up 14% year-over-year. July beef exports to the […]

Vilsack Stresses How REAP Can Benefit Ag Rural, Communities

Last week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $464 million in renewable energy grants for producers, rural communities, and businesses in 48 states and Puerto Rico. Vilsack said close to $129 million dollars in grants and loans will go for renewable and energy efficiency projects on the farm through the Rural Energy for America Program, or […]

Mushroom Production Continues To Drop

Mushroom production continues to decline across the U.S. According to the USDA the volume of mushroom sales during this year’s growing season at about 758 million pounds, a 7% year-over-year decrease from last year, and nearly 10% lower than the 2018-19 season. In addition to the drop in production, growers earned less this year for […]

House Ag Dems Approve Spending Measure

On Monday, House Ag Committee Democrats approved an incomplete spending package as part of the Build Back Better Act. The legislation will be added with sections approved by other committees to be compiled by the House Budget Committee later this month. The agriculture spending legislation includes $18 billion in rural job-promoting investments through USDA’s Rural […]

USDA Accepts Over 2.5 million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup

The USDA accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program Signup. This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s goal of four […]