NWFC Expects Good Year For Nursery, Fisheries, Forest Products Sectors

As we start our six-part Northwest Farm Credit Services quarter commodity snapshot series today, we look at Forest Products, Fisheries and Nurseries. Bill Perry, executive Vice President at NWFCS says their 12-month outlook expects fisheries to be profitable. “While fisheries face challenges with changing TACs, a closed king crab fishery and potential COVID-19-related lockdowns in […]

Input Costs Main Topic Of Discussion At Potato Expo

At the 2022 Potato Expo in Anaheim, CA last week, farmers talked a lot about input costs for the year head. Rabobank Senior Grains and Oilseeds Analyst Stephen Nicholson says producers are talking about everything that could cut into this year’s bottom line. “It’s not just chemicals or fertilizer or fuel. It’s everything. Land costs, […]

ODA Gets OK To Regulate Hemp Production

Last week, the USDA announced the approval of the Oregon Department of Ag’s plan to regulate hemp production statewide. This mean, through the ODA the state can continue to serve as the primary regulator of hemp production in Oregon. ODA previously operated its Hemp Program using the authorities provided by Oregon Revised Statutes and the […]

USDA Funding Will Continue to Support School Meals

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the agency made an adjustment in school meal reimbursements to help schools continue to serve children healthy meals. The move will add an estimated $750 million more into school meal programs across the nation. The goal is to make sure that federal reimbursements keep pace with food […]

Truck Hours Extended In Washington

Because of the hazardous driving conditions, and the closure of the three Washington Cascades passes Governor Jay Inslee issued a weather-related Emergency proclamation. The action waives commercial driver hours for drivers who are collecting or delivering essential supplies and services. The original weather-related emergency order will remain in effect until rescinded. The commercial driver hours […]

2020 Marks Decade of Decline in WIC Participation

USDA’s Economic Research Service says participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is declining. Fiscal year 2020 marked the 10th consecutive fiscal year WIC participation declined. On average, 6.2 million people a month participated in WIC in fiscal year 2020, a 2% drop from 2019 and a 32% drop from […]

Deere Introduces First Fully Autonomous Tractor

Deere and Company recently unveiled a fully autonomous tractor, which company officials say will transform the future of agriculture. Wired says the new 8R tractor uses six pairs of cameras and advanced artificial intelligence to navigate its environment. The tractor can find its way to a field when given a route and coordinates. Once there, […]

Canada Reacts To Recent USMCA Ruling

Canada has lost the first arbitrated dispute under the USMCA. A three-person trade panel agreed that Canada is, in fact, denying U.S. producers their fair share of access to the Canadian dairy product market. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative requested the dispute panel in May of last year. It was tasked with examining […]

Vilsack: Competition Must Be Addressed In Meat Packing Conversation

The lack of competition in the meat packing sector does limits many livestock producers to only one potential buyer, which can mean lower prices at the time of sale. But at last week’s White House meeting working to address this problem, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the damage could be much broader in scope. Creating, […]