Pandemic Supply Chain Top Areas Of Concern To Start 2022

While it may not have been a “normal year”, 2021 was good for farmers, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Roger Cryan. And Cryan said 2022 is continuing with the “not normal” theme, as issues from the past two years pour into the New Year. “The pandemic is not over. So, people are […]

Newhouse: Ag Labor Issue On Pause In Senate

As lawmakers start a new year in Washington D.C., one of the biggest questions the farming community is hoping to see addressed revolves around Ag labor and immigration reform. Dan Newhouse, coauthor of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, said despite passing the House, the legislation has stalled in the Senate, primarily because President Biden’s Build […]

Struggles Remain For the Dairy Industry

Recovering from the global COVID-19 pandemic is proving difficult for all industries, and the nation’s dairy farmers are no different. Pressure points were aligned at both ends of the supply chain. Dairy processors had to make changes in how they market product both domestically and internationally, while on the farm, producers struggled to find labor […]

Michigan State Researcher: Dairy Farmers Need To Be Better Employee Managers

One of the major challenges for dairy farmers is getting workers on the farm. Michigan State University field educator Stan Moore recently spoke at the Farm Journal’s MILK Business Conference, discussing labor issues. Moore said labor issues may be a new development for the U.S. economy at large, but it’s nothing new for the dairy community. […]

OFB Floored By Recent Ag Overtime Lawsuit

Two weeks ago, November 30th, the Oregon Law Center filed a suit over agricultural overtime in the state. Mary Anne Cooper, Vice President of Public Policy at the Oregon Farm Bureau, said they were floored by the lawsuit. “Because we had come to a workgroup that legislators convened last month in good faith and had […]

Newhouse: Ag Overtime Change Will Make It Harder To Farm In Washington

Starting January 1st, farm workers in Washington will get paid overtime once they cross 55 hours a week. The change is thanks to Senate Bill 5172, which will stair step overtime requirements over the next three years. Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, said between supply chain issues, challenges getting products to market […]

Focus On Fruit for 12/02/21

Finding needed labor in 2021 was challenging for a variety of reason. The Washington state Tree Fruit Assocation’s Jon DeVaney talks about the biggest struggles farmers faced over the past year. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

NASDA Looks To Address Labor Shortage, H-2A

During their annual meeting in September, members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, better known as NASDA, voted to promote reforming the Ag workforce. The vote, according to the organization, was an effort to adjust the H-2A and H-2B visa programs to fit with the changing times in farming. While there is […]

Perry: Expectations For PNW Fruit Growers Mixed

As we hit the home stretch of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series, we take a look at the tree fruit industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said they anticipate slightly profitable returns for local apple growers. “A modest sized crop [but larger than 2020’s crop], coupled with […]