Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Perry: Expectations For PNW Fruit Growers Mixed

As we hit the home stretch of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series, we take a look at the tree fruit industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said they anticipate slightly profitable returns for local apple growers. “A modest sized crop [but larger than 2020’s crop], coupled with […]

Cooler, More Active Weather Expected For the PNW

Thanks to a cold front moving out of Alaska and Canada, fall has made its presence known here in the Pacific Northwest, with temperatures dropping ten to 15 degrees since last week. And while the system that brought in the cooler weather brought with it windy conditions, rain showers were not a consistent. Marilyn Lohmann, […]

USDA Investment to Strengthen Hispanic-Serving Higher Education

The USDA has provided $12 million for Hispanic-serving Institutions of higher education. Last week’s announcement was part of a launch of the first in a series of virtual roundtable engagement sessions with Minority-serving Institutions and Land-grant Universities serving underrepresented students. The funding is part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Hispanic-serving Institutions Education […]

Moses Lake Farm Marks 10 Years Of Sustainability

Moses Lake based Lucky Hook Farm recently surpassed the 10 year certification milestone with the leading animal welfare and sustainability label, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World. Lucky Hook Farm co-owner, Jessi Maurer, said one of the biggest benefits of the certification is the abundance of helpful information and collaboration available to participating farmers. “There’s always new […]

How Did AMPI Weather The Pandemic?

During the recent World Dairy Expo, Sarah Schmitt with Associated Milk Producers Inc., the largest cheese cooperative in the U.S, talked about how the co-op faired through the pandemic. “Cheese and butter were the darlings of the pandemic. When people were home baking, cooking, what do you turn to but cheese and butter, the old […]

USDA Launches First Phase of Soil Carbon Monitoring Efforts through CRP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $10 million in a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program acres. The investment seeks to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. USDA said CRP is an important tool in the Nation’s fight to reduce the worst impacts of climate change facing our farmers, […]

AFBF Forms Partnership with MANRRS

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences announced an agreement to increase minority involvement in agriculture. The groups signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration on projects. The projects include written content for each organization’s publications, providing leadership training and expertise, and cross-promoting programs […]

McDonald’s Seeks Net Zero Emissions by 2050

McDonald’s Corporation recently announced a commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2050. The company is joining the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and signing on to the Science Based Targets initiative’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. McDonald’s will increase the emissions reduction levels in its existing 2030 science-based target and will […]