Impact Of Summer Heat On Idaho Cattle Herd To Be Determined

The impact this summer’s record breaking heat had on the Idaho cattle herd is in some ways already evident, and in others to be determined. Cameron Mulroney, Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association said producers across the state saw a very sizeable jump in their operation budget due to feed costs. He noted […]

ODFW Oks The Killing Of Umatilla County Wolf

Late last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the authorization of lethal action against the OR30 pack. Since early June, the Umatilla base pack has depredated six times on private land pastures, resulting in the death or injury of five sheep and five calves. A previous removal permit for these wolves to […]

Washington State University Awarded $5 Million To Support Hop Research

Late last week, the USDA awarded Washington State University $4,853,908 to benefit the Pacific Northwest hop industry. The funds, which were part of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant program, will allow WSU to conduct research on enhancing supply chain sustainability and global competitiveness. “As one of the leading producers of specialty crops in the […]

FSA Promotes Loans For Beginning, Underserved Farmers

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers both farm ownership and operating loans to underserved producers or farmers just starting out. Farm loan chief, Steven King, says loans are available for operating funds to purchase inputs and supplies to get through the crop year. “That same type of loan can be termed out over, up to seven years, […]

Schoesler Critical Of Study Looking At Removal Of Snake River Dams

Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that he and senator Patty Murray were exploring options to breach the lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups and northwest tribes have increased efforts as of recent to remove the four dams located between Lewiston, ID and Pasco, WA. Those dams are located in state Senator Mark Schoesler’s […]

WSDA On The Lookout For Potentially Destructive Pest

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking the farming and non-farming community to keep an eye out for a potentially destructive pest. The Department said the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) may have been observed in the Omak region recently, but entomologists could not confirm that report. Spotted lanternfly (SLF), a native to Asia, attacks […]

Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks to Reverse Trump Era Rules

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service seek to rescind two critical habitat regulations finalized in the last days of the Trump administration. In December 2020, FWS issued a final rule that revised the process for considering critical habitat exclusions under the Endangered Species Act. FWS re-evaluated the rule and concluded […]

NIFA Invests $50M for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development

USDA’s this week announced an investment of more than $50 million to 140 organizations and institutions that teach and train beginning farmers and ranchers. The funds will support curriculum creation, informational materials, and professional development for new farmers and ranchers through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. NIFA Director Dr. Carrie Castille said, “We […]

PNW Pasture Conditions Remain Poor

When it comes to poor pasture and rangelands conditions, Montana is the leader nationwide. “We see quite a long list of states running anywhere from 70 to 85% very poor to poor.  That list includes all three Pacific Coast states; Washington, Oregon, California. Along with Nevada and the Dakota’s still on that list.” USDA meteorologist, […]