Five-State Cherry Meeting Returns To In Person

After two years of virtual meetings and events, Northwest Cherry Growers will hold their annual five-state commission meeting in person on Wednesday May 18th at the Red Lion in Richland, WA. B.J. Thurlby, President of Northwest Cherry Growers said after two years on-line and the odd spring weather the PNW has seen, it will be […]

Wyden, Others, Call For Better Pay For Firefighters

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to establish a special pay rate for federal wildland firefighters. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said such a move would help avert critical staffing shortages ahead of the 2022 fire season. Lawmakers sent a letter this week, saying years […]

Wine Minute: Washington Research Projects

The Washington state Wine Commission recently announced nearly $1 million for research efforts. The Commission’s Melissa Hansen takes a look at some of the projects that will receive funding. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Oregon Accepting Late Ballots In This Month’s Primary

Long lines at ballot drop-sites on election day may be a thing of the past, thanks to Oregon’s new law allowing the counting of ballots if postmarked by Election Day. Oregon’s Secretary of State office launched a new campaign to educate voters, in an attempt to combat rumors of voter fraud. “And now, you can […]

FFAR and Kroger Foundation Fund Food Waste Research

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, in collaboration with The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, announced the Food Waste Challenge Wednesday. The challenge aims to develop an original, innovative methodology for quantitative measurement for food waste generated in U.S. households. Objective, quantitative measurements would provide an accurate picture of the sources […]

Labor Force Participation Decreased Less in Rural Areas During Pandemic

From 2007 to 2019, labor force participation rates decreased 2.6 percentage points for people aged 25 to 64 in the rural United States and 0.7 percentage points for the same age group in urban areas. The labor participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. USDA’s Economic […]

Rural Internet Getting a Boost From USDA

The Biden administration official charged with coordinating the implementation of the massive bipartisan infrastructure bill, Mitch Landriue, said besides proving roads, bridges and rural electric grids and such, that bill has resources for another major goal: “Providing high speed internet to every home, every business so that rural community specifically can stay connected to jobs, […]

Food Prices Slightly Lower in April

World food prices took a small step down in April after reaching a record high in March. Reuters said global food security is still a big concern because of challenging conditions in world markets. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s food price index, which tracks the most globally-traded food commodities, averaged 158.5 points in April compared […]

What is the Expectation For Ocean Shipping?

Efforts continue to improve ocean cargo shipping as one way to resolve current supply chain disruptions. Yet, as commodity export trade manager Walter Lanza expressed, the outlook for 2022 does not look especially bright for a variety of reasons. “Current inflation; not getting any better.  Demand for goods; too strong and there are several bottom […]