Washington Ag Production Value Increases During Pandemic

The value of Washington agriculture production increased 7% last year to $10.2 billion. With a value of $2.10 billion last year, apples remain the state’s leading agricultural commodity.  That was a 7% jump from 2019 numbers.  Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2020. In the previous year, apple’s share of the total […]

Value of Idaho Ag Up 4% In 2020

According to NASS, the value of agricultural production in Idaho hit $8.4 billion in 2020, up 4% year over year; the value of Idaho’s crop production in 2020 was $3.61 billion, up 8% from 2019. The value of livestock production in 2020 totaled $4.79 billion, up less than 1% from the previous year. The rankings […]

Cooper: IP 13 Could Have Detrimental Impact On Oregon Animal Ag

The Ag, as well as the non-Ag communities in Oregon are being warned of a push to get an initiative on the ballot that could dramatically impact farming across the state. IP-13 would make it a crime to fish and hunt, but it would also remove a lot of the exemptions the Ag community currently […]

Cattlemen’s Beef Board Approves FY 22 Promotional Budget

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board recently approved the 2022 fiscal year checkoff plan which calls for investing $38.9 million into a variety of industry programs. Beef Promotion Operating Committee  Chairman, Hugh Sanburg, said they plan to provide funding for beef promotion in an effort to drive domestic demand. However, he noted the effort is not a country […]

Growth in Tractor, Combine Sales Continues to Outpace 2020

Overall sales of tractors and combines continue their growth above an already-hot pace set in 2020. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, total U.S. farm tractor sales climbed 2.5% year over year in September, while U.S. combine sales jumped 34.6%, the third month in a row of growth near or above 20% for harvesters. […]

USDA Recalling Pork Products

Chicago-Based Evans Food Group is recalling approximately 10,359 pounds of pork pellet products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States. The pork pellet products were imported on September 15th and further processed into pork rind and chicharrones items. These items were shipped to retail locations in Washington, Arizona, California, Nevada, New […]

How Much American Ag Has China Purchased?

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is expressing concerns about the complex, unpredictable relationship between the U.S. and China. The Head of the USDA says American producers need to do all they can to diversify our Ag markets. “and not be overly dependent on any one customer.” And indeed USDA Bart Kenner says China’s purchases of farm […]

USDA Rolls Out Micro-Farm Policy

Small farmers who sells products locally may be eligible for a new USDA crop insurance product coming out soon. Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator, Richard Flournoy, said the new product is a micro-farm policy. “This policy will be available for the 2022 crop year,” he noted. “Some key features to the policy is that it will […]

Dairy Industry Needs To Remain Innovative

Innovation in the dairy industry has grown significantly over the last 50 years. But as Paul Ziemninsky of Dairy Management Inc. observed, “The people who may have driven volume growth last 40 to 50 years, those companies They’ve been bought. They’ve diversified in other ways.” Which is why a new research and development talent pipeline […]