Large California Crop Not Negatively Impacting Northwest Cherry Growers

Cherry harvest continues across the Northwest, but because of the cooler weather over the past week, numbers have slowed a bit. B.J. Thurlby, President of Northwest Cherry Growers, says currently roughly 200,000 boxes are being shipped per day, but he expects that number to increase to 400,000 as hot weather returns to the area. He […]

Senate Ag Scheduled Hearing on Cattle Markets

On Thursday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow announced a hearing titled “Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer.” The Michigan Democrat, along with the committee’s ranking Republican John Boozman of Arkansas, scheduled the hearing for Wednesday afternoon. Cattle market transparency is a priority for cattle producers as disruptions in the market, […]

Traceability A Priority For New Idaho State Vet

The new Idaho state Veterinarian is not a new name to the farming community in the Gem State. Dr. Scott Leibsle started with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in 2011, and was promoted to the top vet spot on January 1st of this year. A 3rd generation large animal vet from the Midwest, Leibsle […]

Asian Giant Discovered In Additional Washington County

Entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture as well as the USDA have confirmed the first report of an Asian giant hornet for 2021. According to the WSDA the “murder hornet” was found in Snohomish County and appears to be unrelated to the 2019-2020 Asian giant hornet introductions in Canada and Whatcom County. According […]

USDA Announces Additional Aid for Producers and Business

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week additional aid intended for agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. Earlier this year, the secretary announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the […]

WSU Beekeepers Team Up To Study Colony Health

In an effort to better understand colony health, Washington State University scientists have partnered with beekeepers this spring to inspect honey bees and hives. Postdoctoral researche​r, Rae Olsson, said all of the bees tracked for the project are part of a large or small commercial operations and all of them are migratory in some way, […]

Focus On Fruit for 06/17/21

How’s the stone fruit season progressing? B.J. Thurlby has the latest on apricots, peaches and more. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]