Focus On Fruit for 04/08/21

What are the environmental priorities for the Biden Administration, and how will that impact tree fruit growers across the Northwest? Mark Powers with the Northwest Horticultural Council takes a look. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Grassley, GOP Push For Infrastructure Only Bill

Senate Republicans are pressing for an ‘infrastructure-only’ bill in a bid to vastly downsize the president’s more than $2 trillion package that they say goes beyond traditional infrastructure. Republicans said President Biden could score a ‘win,’ if his infrastructure, plan included just roads, bridges, waterways, ports and broadband, funded with user fees. “We’re going to […]

USDA Out With Winter Wheat Conditions

The USDA is out with its first winter wheat condition report of the season.​ “We see, first of all a bit of a rarity for winter wheat, and that is the overall national conditions improved over the winter,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “That is somewhat unusual in that we often see conditions declining between […]

Animal Welfare and Environmental Groups Want GE Animal Regulations to Stay at FDA

This week, thirteen animal welfare and environmental groups urged federal agencies to maintain regulatory authority over genetically engineered food animals within the FDA. The request is in response to the Trump-era proposal to move the regulatory authority to the Department of Agriculture. Specifically, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. In letters to the FDA […]

Chumrau: UI Cookie Will Benefit Growers In Several Ways

Last month, the Idaho Wheat Commission announced the licensing of UI Cookie a new soft white spring variety. Casey Chumrau, IWC Executive Director said UI Cookie has excellent yield, superior end-use quality and easy threshing ability. She added there’s currently excellent demand for all soft whites, both winter and spring. “About 65% of the Idaho […]

Lohmann: Dry Weather Expected To Continue

The last couple of days have been filled with sunshine, mild temperatures and great spring weather. But that appears to be coming to an end starting Wednesdays. According to Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said a new system will roll in from the Pacific, but it’s not expected to bring more than […]

HAF Opens DREAMS Scholarship Application Process

On Tuesday, the Hispanic Access Foundation opened the application process for the Our DREAMS Scholarship. The Foundation said through the scholarship, as many as 50 recipients $500 each in monetary relief for filing or renewal fees for their DACA, TPS applications. To be applicable to apply, you need to be eligible for DACA, TPS, or […]

CWU Marks National Week Of the Farmworkers

National Week of the Farmworkers wrapped up March 31st. And to celebrate the occasion intended to bring attention to farmworkers and honor their contributions, Central Washington University held a forum in which students who come from farm working backgrounds could share some of their stories. Ramiro Casas, a freshman from Prosser, WA, said he’s worked […]

World Dairy Expo 2021 To Remain in Madison, WI

World Dairy Expo will remain in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2021. Event organizers last week announced the 54th edition of the event is scheduled September 28th-October 2nd at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The announcement follows contingency planning and consideration of alternative venues. Bill Hageman, WDE Board President, said, “The clarity that Expo’s leaders sought from […]

Washington’s Snowpack In “Very Good Shape” To Start April

“Pretty Incredible” That’s how Scott Pattee with the Washington NRCS describes the statewide snowpack, which sits at 131% of average for this time of year, the highest statewide average across the west. Pattee noted the snow year started very slowly and didn’t catch up normal until February. He added that temperatures, as of recent, have […]