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 […]

Perry: “Slightly Profitable Returns” Expected For Tree Fruit

As we move in to the back half of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly Market snapshot series, we turn our attention to apples and pears. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said they expect to see slightly profitable margins for local apple growers. “A smaller crop and solid demand should increase prices. However, several […]

WSDA Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

The Washington State Department of Agriculture received $4.65 million in federal Specialty Crop Block Grant funds in 2020. Project Manager Leisa Schumaker said the funds are made available as part of the Farm Bill to increase the competitiveness and demand of Washington’s specialty crops. “So there’s a lot of ways that they do this such […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/19/20

The Washington Apple Commission’s Toni Lynn Adams talks about what the smaller crop size has done for demand domestically and internationally. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Focus On Fruit for 10/29/20

As harvest starts to wrap up, Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission takes a look back on 2020. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Idaho Specialty Crop Program Offers Nearly $2M Statewide

The Idaho state Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop block grant program was much more popular in 2020 compared to just a year earlier. ISDA said 17 different projects were awarded $1.8 million, specifically to help specialty crop growers across the state. The funds from the specialty crop block grant program will be used to […]

NWFCS Anticipates Slightly Profitable Returns For Tree Fruit Growers

As we continue our weeklong series looking at Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshots, today we turn our attention to area tree fruit. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said their 12-month outlook calls for apple growers to enjoy profitable margins. “A smaller crop and solid demand should increase prices. However, several quality issues […]

Value Of Washington Ag Comes In Under $10B

The value of agricultural production in Washington last year totaled $9.49 billion, a 2% decrease from 2018 numbers. According to NASS apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state accounting for $1.96 billion last year, an 8% year over year drop. Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2019; while apples were […]

Washington Apple Crop Smaller Than Expected

The most updated Washington apple crop is below earlier expectations. According to the Washington state Tree Fruit Association said current figures put this year’s harvest 10% below the 134 million 40 pound boxes predicted at the start of August. Industry experts said there are several reasons behind the lighter crop loan, from fewer apples per […]

Newhouse: CFAP2 Funds Critical For Future Of Ag Industry

Many Northwest producers will benefit from the expanded CFAP funding, CFAP 2. The additional $14 billion, according to the USDA, will help producers who continue to face disruptions and associated costs due to the pandemic. While some have questioned the price tag, Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse says it’s critical to ensure producers are fiscally […]