Farming A Primary Focus Of Little’s State Of The State

During his State of the State address January 11th, Idaho Governor Brad Little addresses several issues key to the state’s farming community. He said his “Building Idaho’s Future” plan will invest in in needed agriculture and water infrastructure projects, which he said would aid in the economic vitality of rural Idaho. “Agriculture, and our economic […]

NWFCS Donates Over $1.5M To OSU To Enhance Ag Efforts

On Tuesday, Oregon State University announced it had received a $1.58 million donation from Northwest Farm Credit Services to improve agriculture education. School officials say the aim of the gift is to enhance existing programs in the College of Agricultural Science at OSU that will have an immediate impact on the diversity, innovation and sustainability […]

Newhouse Looks Forward To Working With The Biden Administration

Dan Newhouse says the return of Tom Vilsack as head of the USDA will be a good one for Northwest producers. Newhouse said Vilsack, who served as Ag Secretary for eight years under President Obama, understands the unique issues facing the local farm community. “Tom Vilsack has been to the Northwest several times, and I’ve […]

Focus On Fruit for 01/21/21

Kevin Moffitt, President and CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest, is optimisticabout the year ahead. Find out why in today’s Focus On Fruit. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

OSU Researcher: Solar Farms Could Benefit Ag Environment

According to an Oregon State University researcher, if a small fraction of farms captured solar energy, it could produce a large slice of the country’s energy needs, all while boosting the bottom lines of farmers. OSU’s Chad Higgins said 1% of farmland in the United State could provide 20% of the country’s electricity needs through […]

AFBF Out With 2021 Policy Objectives

Setting Farm Bureau’s focus for 2021, Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. Sam Kieffer, AFBF Vice President of Public Affairs, said Farm Bureau delegates voted to increase racial diversity in agriculture. “Recognizing the importance of broadening access to agriculture, our delegates voted to increase racial diversity […]

Idaho Farm GDP Continues To Grow; Net Income Sets Records

While challenging for individual commodities from time to time, 2020 continued a trend of solid farm economic growth in Idaho. Ben Eborn, Extension Ag Economist with the University of Idaho says farm GDP has grown at twice the rate of the state’s GDP. He noted this comes while the state struggles with the loss of […]

Farmworkers Speak Out Against 2020 Overtime Ruling

In November, the Washington Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the state’s overtime exemption violated Washington employment laws. With that ruling, Washington granted farm workers time-and-a-half pay once they work more than 40 hours in a week. However, many of those impacted workers are speaking out against the court’s decision and calling on lawmakers to reinstate […]

Ag Innovation Session Showcases Latest Technology Available Now

Northwest potato growers are described as some of the most progressive around and that will be on display during this year’s Virtual Washington-Oregon Potato Conference. In its second year, the Ag Innovation Session will allow growers to see and experience the latest technology and how it will benefit them from planting to harvest to storage […]

Schrier Returns To House Ag Committee

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier announced she will again serve on the House Agriculture Committee. This Committee is in addition to her appointment to the Energy and Commerce Committee. “As the only Member from the Northwest on the House Agriculture Committee, I am honored to continue to be a voice for our farmers and growers […]