Additional Bird Flu Cases Reported Across Washington

With cases of avian influenza adding up across the state, the Washington state veterinarian is asking bird owners to double down on biosecurity measures. On Wednesday, the WSDA announced the confirmation multiple cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in non-commercial backyard flocks in Pierce County. State Veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle said those cases were first […]

Chobani Announces Large Gift For Idaho CAFE

On Wednesday, Chobani announced a $1 million gift to the University of Idaho-led Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, better known as CAFE. The gift will be used to help fund construction of the nation’s largest research dairy. With deep roots and a major manufacturing, research and development presence in the Magic Valley, Chobani says it […]

ODFW Crews Called To 8th Depredation In Two Weeks

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators were called to a depredation in the Balm Creek area of Baker County over the weekend. On Saturday morning, 05/07/22, a livestock producer found an injured calf while moving cattle in a 1000-acre public land allotment. The six-week-old calf weighed approximately 125 lbs. The injuries were estimated to […]

Columbia Basin Farm Community Preparing To Tee Up To Help RMHC

We are weeks away from the 9th annual Ag World Golf Classic teeing off in Kennewick and Moses Lake. The two day event encourages farm country to come together to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest in Spokane. Bryan Henninger, manager of the tournament, says the Ronald McDonald House […]

Focus On Fruit for 05/12/22

What impact will the removal of Ag overtime exemption in Washington have on the local tree fruit industry? Jon DeVaney with the Washington state Tree Fruit Association offers his perspective. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

USDA: Strong Interests in Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

The Department of Agriculture says the first round of funding through the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities received more than 450 proposals ranging from $5 million to $100 million each. The deadline for the proposals closed on Friday. The applications USDA received came from more than 350 groups across various sectors. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said […]

When Will The Cattle Contract Library Be On-line?

According to the head of USDA’s AMS, a pilot cattle contract library could be up and running by the first of next year. The $1 million pilot Congress funded in current year spending, is aimed at improving price transparency in cattle markets, thereby helping independent producers get a fairer price. USDA Ag Marketing Service Chief […]

Grassley, Klobuchar Lead Push for Avian Influenza Outbreak Funding

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar led an effort this week for more funding to help address the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak. The Senators told the Senate Appropriations Committee leaders, “Although the virus poses minimal risk to human health, it has serious implications for U.S. poultry producers, rural communities, and […]

White House Looks To Address Hunger, Nutrition Needs

“This September I’ll be convening a White House conference on hunger nutrition and health,” President Joe Biden recently announced. The Commander In Cheif noted the conference is designed to catalyze both the public and private sectors. “Anti-hunger and nutrition advocates, food companies, local & state governments, tribal and territory communities; to lay out our plan […]