Newhouse: Administration Threatening To Cripple Rural America, Family Farms

Over the weekend, Representative Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Western Caucus, delivered the Republican address. The Central Washington farmer used the time to focus on how the GOP believes the policies of President Biden and his party hurt rural America. Newhouse noted that Democrats are currently focused on “radically altering the country” via the $4.3 […]

Perry: PNW Row Crops In Good Shape

As we start our third installment of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series, we turn our attention to local row crops. “Slightly profitable returns are expected for contract potato producers. Uncontracted potato producers will benefit from higher prices as modestly lower yields are realized,” said Bill Perry is Vice President at NWFCS. […]

WSDA Accepting Applications for Women’s Farm2Food Accelerator

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the second round of training and networking through the women’s Farm2Food Accelerator program. This effort is geared for women in the food and agriculture business in both Washington and Oregon. The WSDA’s Karen Ullmann said those who participated in the Accelerator last year said […]

Winter Wheat Planting Progressing Nicely Across The U.S.

“Plating progress [of winter wheat] approaching the half way mark; 47% complete nationally,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Pretty close to the five-year average of 46% but slightly behind last year’s 50%. Most states continue to see planting progress moving along at a normal to ahead of normal pace.” Rippey noted there are some exceptions, […]

USDA Introduces New Insurance Policy for Farmers Who Sell Locally

The USDA has rolled out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy, announced last week, simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. USDA’s Risk Management Agency created the new policy based on research directed by the 2018 Farm […]

Could Stepped-Up Basis Be Removed? No Clear Answer Given

Farmers and ranchers are getting a little nervous that Congressional Democrats may still end their stepped-up basis tax break in favor of a capital gains tax at death. The question of if ending stepped-up basis as a revenue source is still on the table was recently put before Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden, with Oregon’s […]

FNS Invests Nearly $53 Million in SNAP Administration

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service recently awarded nearly $53 million to state and local agencies and partners to enhance SNAP. The grants, released throughout August and September 2021, help ensure program operators and partners have the resources, support, and capacity to deliver SNAP benefits efficiently and effectively. Food and Nutrition Service administrator Cindy Long […]

USDA Announces Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

Last week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects. The projects are aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. The investment comes from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems program. The program focuses on a broad base […]

Addressing Concerns When It Comes To Farm Transitions

Nationwide, the number of farm transitions has increased in recent years. Yet questions remain for both younger and older generations considering this process. The University of Minnesota’s Jim Salfur said, for example, one of the biggest questions out there is how can a beginning farmer without a home farm get in to the business? “They’re […]