Focus On Fruit for 01/13/22

Mark Powers, President of the Northwest Horticultural Council, talks about efforts to improve trade with Indonesia. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Ag Community Looking At Technology To Address Supply Chain Issues

The farming community is trying to address some of the supply chain issues with technological advances. Riley Buss of CHS Inc. said sensors and data are a major part of their supply chain network. “We leverage barges on the Mississippi River to take grain all the way down to Louisiana to enter into the global market.  […]

Ag Community Continues Look at Using Biologicals for Pest Control

Development continues for a variety of biological controls for crop pests and disease utilizing living organisms; part of evolving innovations in agriculture. “Products use beneficial bacteria to control disease in primarily vegetable crops,” noted Jason Ward of Novozymes. In terms of how this bacteria combination controls disease: “First they do it by populating the leaf […]

USDA Invests $9M to Expand Climate-Smart Efforts

On Wednesday, the USDA announced a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships. The investment seeks to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the partnerships “will strengthen climate research efforts and accelerate the development, adoption and application […]

Latest Consumer Price Index Released

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.5% in December on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.8% in November. The all-items index increased 7.0% before seasonal adjustment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. The food index increased 0.5% in December, following larger increases in each of the three previous months. […]

Perry Expect Profits For Hay, Wheat Growers

As we wrap up the first half of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, wheat and hay take center stage. Bill Perry, Executive Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services  said their 12-month outlook calls for profitable returns for area wheat producers. “High prices, crop insurance payments and government programs cushioned potential […]

ISGA Expands, Changes Name

The Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association is no more. The organization announced Tuesday is has expanded membership to the west now including Oregon and Washington growers. And with that expansion comes a new name, Snake River Sugarbeet Association, which represents 700 growers across the PNW on a combined 180,000 acres, accounting for nearly seven million tons […]

WSDA Regional Markets Look To Help Producers Succeed

Farming can be challenging. Add to that, the responsibility of marketing and moving those products, it’s enough to make any producer’s head swim. In an effort to help the over 39,000 small farms across the state, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has a Regional Markets team to help navigate some of the complexities. Laura […]

Farm Bureau Campaigning Against WOTUS Changes

Last year, the American Farm Bureau successfully campaigned against changes to the stepped-up basis provision in estate tax law. Now, Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall asked members to put that same energy level into the Biden administration’s proposed changes to the Trump Waters of the United States rule. The administration wants to go back to […]

Dryer, Warmer Weather Expected In Coming Days

While it does not feel like a heat wave, the temperatures across the Pacific Northwest have moderated over the past week. And following those bone chilling temperatures to wrap up 2021 and start the New Year, these average temperatures are feeling downright pleasant. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said temperatures are expected […]