U.N. Launches Green Cities Initiative to End Hunger

A plan by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization seeks to transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition in and around cities in a post-COVID-19 era. The Green Cities Initiative and Action Plan announced this week aims to improve the livelihoods and well-being of populations in at least 100 cities around the world […]

Changes Reported In Top Oregon Commodities

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is out with the top commodities of 2019 and there was a bit of a shakeup. The top commodity grown in Oregon remained Greenhouse and Nursery last year, accounting for nearly $1 billion. Hay moved in as the new #2 commodity, accounting for over $674-million last year. Dropping to 3rd […]

Winter Wheat Planting Slightly Ahead Of Schedule

According to the USDA, 20% of winter wheat plantings were complete by Sunday, September 20th. USDA metorologist Brad Rippey said that’s one percentage point ahead of the 5-year average [of 19%] and two points ahead of numbers reported last year. “We see three states that have reached the 40% mark for winter wheat planting. Leading […]

Cattle Market Transparency Act Introduced

Supporters say the Cattle Market Transparency Act introduced this week seeks to restore transparency and accountability in the cattle market. Senator Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, introduced the bill. Fischer said, “The past few years have been very difficult for producers.” Fischer noted the Tyson Foods plant fire in Kansas, and supply chain challenges due […]

WAEF Rolls Our New On Line Scholarship Resource

The Washington Apple Education Foundation launched its new scholarship resource website this week. WAEF Executive Director, Jennifer Witherbee, said they started this project in March and the onset of the pandemic. “The site is brand new to us. It copies some of the information that we usually provide to students in person in their classrooms.” […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/24/20

Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission takes a look at how wild weather and wildfires have impacted this year’s crop. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Roberts: Ag Groups Helped Replenish CCC

As Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts, and he’ll tell you farm groups turned the tide in the election-year Republican fight with House Democrats to restore $30 billion in key Farm Bill and virus funding in the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Kansas Republican after Democrats relented in a deal that gave them more for school nutrition […]

Ag Community Reminded To Focus On Farm Safety

Every one of the farm is vitally important, from the decision makers to those just starting out. And that why safety and health on the farm should be emphasized, not just this week, but all year long. This is National Farm Safety and Health Week. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety has multiple webinars […]

AFBF: Active Management Of Federal Lands Needed

The American Farm Bureau Federation as well as 13 state Farm Bureaus, which included Washington, Oregon and Idaho, penned a letter last week, urging lawmakers to support the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. AFBF Public Policy Director Ryan Yates says the legislation would provide managers of federal wildlands more resources. “The Emergency […]

K-State Researchers Looking At Hemp As Possible Feed

Hemp could become another feed alternative for cattle in the near future. A pair of studies at Kansas State University is bringing new insight to farmers and producers seeking to incorporate industrial hemp in cattle feed. Hans Coetzee, K-State professor and head of the anatomy and physiology department in the College of Veterinary Medicine, said […]