NWFCS Expects Profits For Wheat Growers; Mixed Results For Hay Growers

As we wrap up our six part Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series today, we take a look at Northwest dryland crops, hay and wheat. “The hay industry outlook calls for variable returns. Producers in drought-stricken areas produced less hay and losses are likely,” said Bill Perry Vice President At NWFCS. “On the […]

Fifteen Oregon Projects Awarded Specialty Crop Block Grant Funds

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced the projects awarded Specialty Crop Block Grant funding this year. The 15 projects across the state will share roughly $2 million all together. Awardees this year include: Chemeketa Community College Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Oregon Department of Agriculture (two awards for the Insect Pest Prevention and […]

WSDA Rolls Out New Grant Program To Help Food Assistance Organizations

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Flexible Funding grants, a new grant program intended to help those trying to address hunger in their local community. The WSDA’s Hector Castro says the grants are eligible to projects in three categories: Those making food distribution more efficient Those targeting community needs Pilot […]

Lawmakers Alert USTR of Chinese Influence in Latin America

A group of 12 lawmakers recently penned a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative about the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Latin America and Caribbean trade and economic development. Arkansas Republican Representative Rick Crawford announced the effort Wednesday. In a letter to Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the lawmakers asked for immediate attention […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/14/21

Oregon State University’s Ashley Thompson has tips and advice for cherry growers that report X-disease or Little Cherry Disease. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Hemp Acreage And Production Survey To Take Place This Fall

In the days ahead, NASS will mail its first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey. The survey, which will collect total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp, was established by the 2018 Farm Bill. NASS said the survey will provide needed data about the hemp industry to assist producers, regulatory agencies, state […]

Shipping Container Rates Easing

Container shipping rates are showing signs of easing, at least temporarily. On the Shanghai-to-Los Angeles trade route, the rate for a 40-foot container fell nearly $1,000 last week to $11,173, an 8.2% drop from the prior week. Ocean freight, however, remains more expensive than it was pre-pandemic, and air cargo rates remain elevated. And, according […]

Pelosi Warns of Cuts to Build Back Better Act

Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned her party about the need to trim back the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, the budget reconciliation bill. “I’m very disappointed we’re not going with the original $3.5 trillion,” she noted. “But whatever we do we will make decisions that will continue to be transformative.” The […]

NOAA Awards More Than $171 Million for Climate Science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday $171 million to support 72 projects to improve resilience in the fight against the climate crisis. NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced the funding, the highest five-year investment in the program’s history. This year’s funding is supporting a broad spectrum of research areas that include advancing environmental justice, […]

Vilsack Promotes Climate Smart Plan

Late last month, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, introduced a new USDA climate-smart agriculture and forestry and marking and financing partnership initiative. “Will help finance the production of climate-smart commodities through a series of large-scale pilots and demonstration projects funded from the USDA. To finance the steps necessary to properly measure and validate the environmental response […]