Cooper: IP 13 Could Have Detrimental Impact On Oregon Animal Ag

The Ag, as well as the non-Ag communities in Oregon are being warned of a push to get an initiative on the ballot that could dramatically impact farming across the state. IP-13 would make it a crime to fish and hunt, but it would also remove a lot of the exemptions the Ag community currently […]

Cattlemen’s Beef Board Approves FY 22 Promotional Budget

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board recently approved the 2022 fiscal year checkoff plan which calls for investing $38.9 million into a variety of industry programs. Beef Promotion Operating Committee  Chairman, Hugh Sanburg, said they plan to provide funding for beef promotion in an effort to drive domestic demand. However, he noted the effort is not a country […]

USDA Recalling Pork Products

Chicago-Based Evans Food Group is recalling approximately 10,359 pounds of pork pellet products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States. The pork pellet products were imported on September 15th and further processed into pork rind and chicharrones items. These items were shipped to retail locations in Washington, Arizona, California, Nevada, New […]

USDA Rolls Out Micro-Farm Policy

Small farmers who sells products locally may be eligible for a new USDA crop insurance product coming out soon. Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator, Richard Flournoy, said the new product is a micro-farm policy. “This policy will be available for the 2022 crop year,” he noted. “Some key features to the policy is that it will […]

NWFCS Expects Profits For Wheat Growers; Mixed Results For Hay Growers

As we wrap up our six part Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series today, we take a look at Northwest dryland crops, hay and wheat. “The hay industry outlook calls for variable returns. Producers in drought-stricken areas produced less hay and losses are likely,” said Bill Perry Vice President At NWFCS. “On the […]

Fifteen Oregon Projects Awarded Specialty Crop Block Grant Funds

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced the projects awarded Specialty Crop Block Grant funding this year. The 15 projects across the state will share roughly $2 million all together. Awardees this year include: Chemeketa Community College Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Oregon Department of Agriculture (two awards for the Insect Pest Prevention and […]

WSDA Rolls Out New Grant Program To Help Food Assistance Organizations

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Flexible Funding grants, a new grant program intended to help those trying to address hunger in their local community. The WSDA’s Hector Castro says the grants are eligible to projects in three categories: Those making food distribution more efficient Those targeting community needs Pilot […]

Lawmakers Alert USTR of Chinese Influence in Latin America

A group of 12 lawmakers recently penned a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative about the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Latin America and Caribbean trade and economic development. Arkansas Republican Representative Rick Crawford announced the effort Wednesday. In a letter to Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the lawmakers asked for immediate attention […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/14/21

Oregon State University’s Ashley Thompson has tips and advice for cherry growers that report X-disease or Little Cherry Disease. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Hemp Acreage And Production Survey To Take Place This Fall

In the days ahead, NASS will mail its first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey. The survey, which will collect total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp, was established by the 2018 Farm Bill. NASS said the survey will provide needed data about the hemp industry to assist producers, regulatory agencies, state […]