Input Costs Main Topic Of Discussion At Potato Expo

At the 2022 Potato Expo in Anaheim, CA last week, farmers talked a lot about input costs for the year head. Rabobank Senior Grains and Oilseeds Analyst Stephen Nicholson says producers are talking about everything that could cut into this year’s bottom line. “It’s not just chemicals or fertilizer or fuel. It’s everything. Land costs, […]

Grocers Allege Pork Price Fixing in Lawsuit

Leading grocery store operators ended 2021 with a lawsuit against the pork industry for allegedly conspiring to control the industry and raise prices. Kroger, Albertsons, Hy-Vee and others filed the lawsuit against Hormel, JBS USA, Seaboard Foods, Smithfield, Triumph and Tyson, among others last week. Law Street Media reports the plaintiffs alleged the defendants and […]

Is Relief In Sight For Drought-Stricken California?

Record snowfall here in the west that’s closed roads and delayed flights also brought some good news for California and its long-term drought. State officials note that California’s snowpack is now well above normal in the mountains. Snowpack in some parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is more than 200% above the average at […]

Agriculture Waits for Big Decisions on Supreme Court Cases

The first week of the New Year could be a big one for several agricultural groups and stakeholders. The Supreme Court will likely hear several high-stakes cases that could affect America’s farmers and ranchers. The court recently distributed three of four agriculture cases scheduled for a January 7th conference. hose high-profile petitions include challenges to […]

California Farmers Lose Billions Over Supply Chain Challenges

After already struggling with drought, California farmers have lost big overseas sales numbers because of a serious shortage of shipping containers brought on by COVID-19. A study from the University of California-Davis says the state’s farm belt lost $2.1 billion in exports during a five-month stretch this year because of “containergeddon.” A University of Connecticut […]

WSFC Set To Recap 2021, Look Ahead To 2022

The Washington State Fruit Commission’s Board of Directors quarterly meeting will take place December 1st. The gathering will focus not only on reviewing 2021, but looking at the year ahead. This year’s northwest cherry season saw a different landscape than volatile 2020. Around 30 million boxes shipped from the country’s western states, fueled by a […]

Wheat Industry Leaders Meet in Kansas City, Talk Shipping

The boards of directors for the U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers met last week in Kansas City. Supply chain issues were one of many topics during the meetings. “Supplier delivery times have slowed dramatically, not only for manufacturers but also for service providers,” said Esther George, President and CEO of […]

Digesters Show How Agriculture Can Be Part Of Climate Solutions

In late October, Shell Oil Company announced it would construct a dairy manure to renewable natural gas facility at the Bettencourt Dairies in Wendell, ID. Once up and running this RNG facility is expected to produce approximately 400,000 MMBTu per year. The use of RNG can reduce CO2 emissions from around 50%-100% compared to fossil […]

Western Storms Produce Rain, New Records

The strong storms that rolled across the west over the weekend, broke several records. “That system, first of all, started the day, on Sunday, breaking a record for the lowest barometric pressure ever seen off the pacific northwest coast.  In other words, off of the Washington coast,” said USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “And we saw […]

PNW Pasture Conditions Remain Poor

When it comes to poor pasture and rangelands conditions, Montana is the leader nationwide. “We see quite a long list of states running anywhere from 70 to 85% very poor to poor.  That list includes all three Pacific Coast states; Washington, Oregon, California. Along with Nevada and the Dakota’s still on that list.” USDA meteorologist, […]