Beef Industry Raises $23K For Hungry Washingtonians

On Tuesday, the Washington beef community held their annual fundraiser, Beef Counts, in Toppenish. The one day sale to help hungry Washingtonians raised $23,657. KayDee Gilkey with the Washington state Beef Commission said each year ranchers, beef producers and those associated with the industry look forward to the opportunity to help those neighbors that are […]

WSU And USDA Identify Markers Boosting Hay Quality

A joint research effort between Washington State University and USDA, as well as others, has identified ten genetic markers that point to a possible boost in alfalfa hay quality. WSU’s Regional Forage Specialist Steve Nordberg, said there’s several areas of possible improvement for alfalfa hay quality, but fiber is their main focus. “The first research area […]

ODFW Called To Union County Depredation

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed another depredation in Union County. Investigators were called out to a Forest Service allotment on Tuesday where they found a dead seven-month old, 500 pound calf. A majority of the organs, and some tissue had been consumed, but the carcass otherwise was intact. ODFW said not […]

Extreme Drought Declared In Washington, Expanding In Oregon

The results of a long, hot, dry summer became official Thursday, as the USDA declared an Extreme Drought, or D-3 designation for Central Washington, stretching from Okanogan County to the Oregon border. National Weather Service Meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann said the new designation follows the rain shadow created by the Cascades. “Even through that area does […]

Coalition Seeks CCC Funds for Farm Workers

More than 160 farm groups as part of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition want Commodity Credit Corporation funds to help protect farmworkers. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, the coalition says, “We ask for your help as we continue to promote the health and safety of our farm employees and rural communities.” Pence is […]

Farmers Market Minute: Wide Variety

Amanda Argona with the Pullman Farmers Market says your local market is a not only a fun place to shop, but they also have great variety. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Senate Hearing Focuses on Changes to the Endangered Species Act

On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing focused on efforts to modernize the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act Amendments Act of 2020 reauthorizes the ESA for the first time since 1992. Florida rancher Liesa Priddy said the legislation, “will be better for ranchers, better for states, better for […]

State and County Fair Support Gaining Momentum in Congress

A bill providing support to state and county fairs is gaining momentum this week. Senator Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat, introduced companion legislation to a House bill that would establish funds to offset revenue losses for state and county fairs. The Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act, introduced in the House by Representative Josh Harder, a […]

USDA Accepting Comments On Salmonella Plan

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has extended the public comment period for its work on reducing salmonella in the meat, poultry, and processed egg products. “With the expectation is that we change when new information becomes available and that’s one of the reasons we have this meeting we don’t want to stay in […]