Sandison: Washington Farmers Continue To Persevere Despite Back-to-Back Challenging Years

It goes without saying, 2020 was a difficult year for Washington’s farm economy. Between challenges with domestic and international trade, worker safety, new government regulation and more, 2020 was a year almost everyone was happy to see come to an end. Unfortunately, for farmers across the Evergreen state, 2021 has not been much better. Drought […]

ODFW Called To 5th Depredation This Month

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife crews remain active with wolf depredations in the eastern portion of the state. On Wednesday morning, a range manager found an injured 450 pound calf in a large public grazing allotment in the Five Points Creek area of Union County. The calf was taking to an ODFW office for […]

Oregon State University Looking for Grape Pest Feedback

Oregon State University Extension wants to hear from grape growers across the Pacific Northwest regarding pest management efforts. The study looks to better understand regional communication and group cooperation among growers in the three states. There are two separate surveys, which OSU official says should take about 35 minutes all together. The First Survey takes […]

Ag Lawmakers Warn Of Potential Harm In Spending Bill

Sweeping tax changes for Ag are included in the Democrats’ massive social spending bill, which could soon be headed to the House floor. Supporters of farm country said this week the best news for agriculture is that House Democrats dropped the president’s plan to impose a capital gains tax on producers at death. The idea […]

USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers

The USDA is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, or PLIP. Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through October 12th, […]

Meat Institute: Scapegoating Industry Does Not Help Consumer

The North American Meat Institute this week claimed the Secretary of Agriculture’s transparent attempts to scapegoat the meat and poultry industry to shift blame for inflationary prices will not help consumers. NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts said, “Americans are experiencing firsthand what the Secretary refuses to acknowledge, the effects of COVID and lack […]

Kansas City Southern Accepts Canadian Pacific Merger Agreement

On Wednesday, Kansas City Southern announced the termination of a merger agreement with Canadian National Railway. KCS has entered a merger agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway, presumably ending the bidding war for KCS. Kansas City Southern determined the proposal from Canadian Pacific continues to demonstrate a “Company Superior Proposal” under the pending agreement with Canadian […]

USDA Breaks Down Wheat Balance Sheet

Unlike most crops this month, USDA has little production information to go by in looking at the domestic balance sheet, so World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski, says the focus is on the demand side of  of the ledger. “We pulled back our import forecast by 10 million bushels. Reflecting what we’re seeing the data […]