CME Launches First Ever Water Futures

On September 17th, CME Group and Nasdaq announced plans to launch the first-ever water futures contract based on the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index. Farmers and ranchers know the importance of keeping an eye on grain and livestock futures markets. And, water scarcity is one of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st century. […]

Ryan Scholz Named New Oregon veterinarian

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has a new state Veterinarian. Dr. Ryan Scholz took over the role on Monday. He initially joined ODA in 2012 as a western Oregon district veterinarian. To-date, Scholz’s contributions to the Animal Health Program have made many of the technological advances in the program possible and, according to ODA officials, […]

Two Selected For Oregon State Board of Ag

Earlier this week Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment of Elin Miller of Roseburg and Josh Zielinski of Salem to serve on the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. Both appointments were effective October 29th, and each will serve a four-year term. Miller and Zielinski will attend their first Board of Agriculture meeting as members […]

Labor Department Finalizes H-2A Wage Rule

On Monday, the Labor Department issued a final rule that updates the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates in the H-2A visa program. The Trump administration claims the new rule improves the consistency of the wage rates, provides stronger protections for workers, and establishes better stability and predictability for employers. Agriculture Secretary […]

Illinois Remains Top Pumpkin Producing State

As we get ready for Halloween this weekend and Thanksgiving next month, it’s a perfect time to take a look at the top pumpkin producing states in the U.S. According to the Economic Research Service, ERS, pumpkins are grown in all states, but Illinois remains the nations largest pumpkin producer in both acreage and weight. […]

Could We See Record Acreage Burned In 2020?

The year 2020 will be one to remember for a variety of reasons, so good, some not so good. This year could go down in the not-so-good category,  when looking at the number of acres burned this wildfire season. “Only twice in modern history have we seen ten million acres burned nationally,” noted USDA meteorologist […]

Organic Sales Continue To Increase, All NW States In Top Ten

According to numbers from the recent Organic Survey released by the USDA, sales of certified organic commodities increased 31% increase between 2016 and 2019. Livestock and poultry products, primarily milk and eggs, continue to be the top revenue generator, but only increased by only 12% during that three year time period. Crops increased by 38% […]

United Farm Workers Files Lawsuit over USDA Suspending Labor Report

Last week, United Farm Workers filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for suspending a farm labor survey. Last month, the USDA announced the intention to suspend the Agricultural Labor Survey. The Department of Ag claims the public can access other data sources for the data collected in the survey. The Agricultural Labor Survey provides […]

New Program Seeks to Close Gaps in US Hemp Supply Chain

High Grade Hemp Seed this week introduced a Farm Partner Program seeking to make consistent, compliant production a reality for the U.S. hemp market. Co-created by Center Pivot Group, the new Farm Partner Program will provide an infrastructure for hemp producers that guarantees a price for hemp flower at harvest. The harvested hemp must be […]

Pear Crop Expected To Be Larger, Led By Washington And Oregon

This year’s pear crop is expected to be much larger than the 2019 crop. NASS said this year’s fresh pear crop is expected to hit 1.6 billion pounds, a 10% year over year increase. USDA Research Economist, Jaclyn Kramer, says Washington and Oregon growers are reporting increased crop production, 18% and 6% respectively, thanks to […]