Farm Households Received Estimated $2,100 From Economic Impact Payments

In 2020, U.S. family farm households received $4.3 billion in federal assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic from Economic Impact Payments. Earlier this week, researchers at USDA’s Economic Research Service estimated average was $924, $2,408, and $2,466 for single, head of household, and joint filers, respectively. The disparity partly reflects the lower income thresholds for single […]

R-CALF Statement on Cattle Market Price Discovery and Transparency Bill

R-CALF USA awaits the full text of the compromise Cattle Market Price Discovery and Transparency Bill to analyze the legislation. The final language of the compromise is not yet publicly available. However, reacting to the news, R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard said, “Publicly available information does not indicate the compromise bill does what we asked.” Bullard […]

NASS: NW Potato Production Slipped This Year While Sugarbeets Report Growth

Potato production across the Pacific Northwest is down this year. According to NASS, potato production in Idaho is forecast at 132 million cwt., down 2% from last year. Harvested area, at 314,500 acres, is up 15,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to be 420 cwt. per acre, down 30 cwt. from 2020. Production in […]

WDFW OKs Lethal Removal From Columbia County Pack

On Wednesday, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind authorized permits for the removal of up to two wolves from Columbia County. The wolf pack in question is new and lives north of the Touchet pack territory and west of the Tucannon pack territory outside of the Tri-Cities. Susewind said this week’s action is in response to repeated depredations […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/11/21

Pear Bureau Northwest’s Jeff Correa discusses how the port slowdown has changed the destination of some of the region’s best fruit. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

PNVA Trade Show Starts Wednesday

The trade show season here in the Northwest unofficially kicks off next week with the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association’s annual show and conference November 17th and 18th in Kennewick, WA. President, James Zahand, said 2021 has been a difficult year for the industry, from extreme heat and drought to smoke and all points in between. […]

ODFW Crews Called To Two Depredations In Klamath County

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife crews were called to a pair of depredations, within hours of each other in the southern part of the state last week. On the morning of Friday November 5th a ranch employee found a dead 350 pound weaned calf in private pastureland in the Bly area of Klamath County. […]

Ag Community Continues To Wonder What’s After Phase One

The Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China has, for the most part, been good for American agriculture and the overall U.S. economy. How good? The U.S.-China Business Council says America’s exports to China in 2020 surged by $18.5 billion, an 18% gain over 2019. Doug Barry, director of communications for the council, […]

Improvements To Duffner Ditch Good For Fish, Farmers

A newly completed project on a tributary of the Nooksack River is improving life for both salmon and farmers. Salmon will again be able to spawn in Duffner Ditch, thanks to a state-of-the-art fish-friendly floodgate, which replaced an older, inefficient floodgate that was minimizing salmon habitat. The old floodgate was also leaving a lot of […]

Low Turkey Supplies Likely To Push Holiday Meal Costs Higher

When it comes to the U.S. turkey sector, “About the last four years, we’ve seen production falling; being reflected in tighter supply of turkeys and lower stocks,” Much lower stocks according to USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam. He said a few years ago turkey producers were reporting low prices as their production was growing faster […]