Profits Expected For Both Nursery And Wine Sectors

As we continue with our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series, we take a look today at the nursery and greenhouse industry as well as Northwest wine. NWFCS Vice President Bill Perry said slight profits are expected for both vineyards and wineries. “Although wine grape prices are increasing, reduced yields will limit growers’ […]

High Vaccination Rate Reported Among H-2A Workers

Thanks to a variety of efforts, the H-2A farmworker community has reported a high rate of COVID-19 vaccinations. Dan Fazio, CEO of WAFLA, the Washington Farm Labor Association, said Medical Teams International has been working on issuing vaccinations along with local health jurisdictions and farmworker clinics. And that has resulted, he noted in a vaccination […]

DeHaan: Global Energy Crunch Pushing Fuel Prices Higher

Oil prices traded above $81 per barrel in Monday’s action, the highest level for oil prices since 2014.T hat, in turn, as pushed both diesel and gasoline prices to the highest levels reported in seven years. Why have oil prices increased so much over the past couple of months? Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy said the […]

Report: Government Interference In Cattle Markets Has Consequences

Texas A&M University has completed a comprehensive report on the U.S. cattle and beef markets in response to a bipartisan request from the House Agriculture Committee. Among its key findings is that proposals increasing government intervention and mandates will cost livestock producers billions of dollars. North American Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts […]

House Lawmakers Continue To Discuss Livestock Issues

On Thursday, lawmakers on the House Agriculture Committee held another hearing on livestock market issues, hearing from producers, packers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other lawmakers. Scott Bennett, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, said the hearing included testimony from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. “It’s the first time in modern history that a sitting […]

Supply Chain Issues to Persists into 2022

A quarterly report from CoBank suggests that while the U.S. economy is still very much in the grips of the pandemic, supply chains are arguably in the most dire condition since the start of the pandemic, as lead times for manufacturing inputs recently reached record highs. Persistent supply chain disruptions and labor shortages are adding […]

Vilsack Discusses Ways To Help The Livestock Industry

Many agree that additional processing capacity within the livestock sector is needed to address current issues within the industry. But as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently told the house Agriculture Committee, other forms of assistance are available from USDA, or are being developed. For example, he pointed to reducing overtime inspection costs for small and […]

Torres Small Confirmed as Undersecretary for Rural Development

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small as the USDA’s Undersecretary for Rural Development. “As Undersecretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small will build on her legacy as a champion for small towns and rural communities, much like the one she grew up in in New Mexico,” said Senate Ag Chair Debbie […]

House Ag Committee Dems Want Ag Spending Preserved

House Ag Committee Chair David Scott and fellow Democrats sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking them to preserve the Ag spending provisions in the Build Back Better Act. They point out that the provisions included in the agriculture portion of the Build Back Better Act will make transformative investments that will benefit […]

USDA Commits $25 Million for Programs Reaching Underserved Communities

Last week, the Department of Agriculture announced a trio of awards totaling nearly $25 million in grants and cooperative agreements. The funding seeks to ensure broader access and participation in USDA programs and services for historically underserved farmers and ranchers. The effort is the latest in a series of announcements around USDA’s commitment to root […]