Washington Apple Harvest Estimate Decreases By 5.3%

The Washington state Tree Fruit Association is out with an updated estimate of the 2021 fresh apple crop. Back in August, WSTFA estimated this year’s crop at 124.85 million standard forty pound boxes of fresh apples. The most recent harvest estimate puts this year’s crop at 118.255 million boxes, a decrease of 5.3%. “Apple harvest […]

Senators Announce Plan to Improve Cattle Market Fairness

Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Montana’s Jon Tester announced this week they are working with Republican Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Deb Fischer of Nebraska rolling out the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act. The compromise cattle market bill is part of the effort to “to return fairness to the cattle marketplace dominated by four […]

Lohmann: Active Weather “A Long Time Coming”

The prayers of many farmers across the Pacific Northwest were answered this week as several strong systems brought rain to locations west and east of the Cascades. And as meteorologist Marilyn Lohman pointed out, Tuesday’s storm dumped up to a foot of snow in locations above 6,000’. She noted the water year has started off […]

Commerce Secretary: We Are Working To Fix The Trucker Shortage

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said her department’s working to fix a broken part of the nation’s supply chain key to the Ag and food sector; a massive shortage of truck drivers. Raimondo said Commerce is working with the Departments of Transportation and Labor to license thousands of commercial truck drivers. “Train folks to get the […]

Thurlby: Growers Will Be Back With Great Fruit After Challenging 2021

When looking back on 2021, one of the most discussed topics was the record heat the Pacific Northwest saw in late June. The area saw temperatures well into the 110’s, but making matters worse for the cherry industry was the fact the heat came during the heart of harvest. B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry […]

Port Issues Highlight Need Of A Reliable Supply Chain For U.S. Farmers

Supply chain issues impacting fertilizer, seed, crop protection products, and even machinery parts, have farmers facing another challenge in growing a crop. Marieta Hauser, member of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, said the price and availability of products to raise a crop are a big challenge right now. “It’s pretty tough right now […]

Producers Still Have Time to Respond to USDA Hemp Survey

It is not too late to respond to the 2021 Hemp Acreage and Production Survey. The survey, conducted by NASS, collects information on the acreage, yield, production, price and value of hemp in the United States. USDA NASS said Monday, “Every response matters to ensure we have accurate data needed to inform decisions about the […]

Shrine Takes Visitors Through History Of Dairy

At the National Dairy Shrine museum in Fort Atkinson, WI, guests can take a step back in time on America’s dairy farms. You can view dairy artifacts, equipment and learn about the great leaders who’ve shaped the industry. The National Dairy Shrine is an organization committed to preserving the history of the dairy industry, and […]

Emotion A Key Component To Farm Transitioning

When it come to passing the farm from one generation to the next, there could be some challenges for both sides in making a transition work. But as University of Minnesota Extension’s Jim Salfer notes, one factor not given much consideration when such a succession takes place is the emotional investment made by the incumbent […]

University of Missouri to Launch Mobile Meat Processing Training

The University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will provide mobile meat processing training next year. The university will send two mobile meat processing training centers throughout the state as part of a pilot program to address the labor shortages within the meat processing industry. The Missouri Department of Agriculture provides funding […]