Trevino Nominated for USTR Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden nominated Elaine Trevino for chief agricultural trade negotiator at the United States Trade Representative’s Office. Trevino is President of the Almond Alliance of California and served as a Deputy Secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Gray Davis. In the announcement, […]

Western House Members Ask for FEMA Disaster Declaration

After record heat and wildfires devastated many portions of the west, several members of Congress have asked President Biden to declare a drought disaster. Democrats Joe Neguse of Colorado and Jared Huffman of California, whose districts have been hit hard by drought and wildfires, joined 31 other lawmakers in the House asking the president and […]

WSU Researchers Continue Efforts To Address Smoke Exposure

As intense wildlife smoke becomes a more occurrence during our summers here in the Pacific Northwest, researchers at Washington State University are looking into the impacts on wine grapes and how to mitigate those effects. Assistant Professor of Viticulture and Enology Tom Collins said it’s important to understand the problem. “We need to have solutions; […]

Newhouse, Thompson Ask For USDA Support Against LCD

Last week, Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Congressional Western Caucus, and G.T Thompson, House Ag Committee Republican Leader, wrote a letter to USDA concerning the spread of Little Cherry Disease and its impact on the sweet cherry industry across the U.S. The letter addressed to USDA Administrator Kevin Shea said, in part, “Over the last […]

Lawmakers Introduce Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Earlier this week House lawmakers introduced the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021. The bipartisan legislation is the first major update of federal regulations for the global ocean shipping industry since 1998. The legislation would support American exports by establishing reciprocal trade opportunities to help reduce the United States’ longstanding trade imbalance with China and […]

Senate Confirms Moffitt for USDA Post

On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Jenny Moffitt as Agriculture Department undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says, “Moffitt brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective as both a farmer and a policy maker.” The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on Moffitt’s nomination on July 15, […]

Legislation Seeks to Block California Prop 12

Late last week, federal lawmakers introduced the Exposing Agricultural Trade Suppression, or EATS Act, to prohibit states and local governments from interfering with agriculture products from other states. Specifically, the bill seeks to block California’s Proposition 12, which would require meat products raised outside of the state to conform to the animal rights standards adopted […]

Washington L&I Issues Emergency Wildfire Smoke Rules

On Friday, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries filed emergency rules the organization says will protect employees from exposure to wildfire smoke. The new rules, which are in effect now, impact workers in agriculture, construction and others that spend a majority of their time outdoors. “This wildfire season is shaping up to be even […]

Honig: Cherry Crop Has Not Been Greatly Impacted By Heat

Farmers across the west have been plagued this year by extremely dry weather, including producers right here in the Pacific Northwest. Yet, NASS’ Lance Honig said right now, it looks like one of the biggest crops in the region has not been greatly impacted. “Sweet cherries not so much suffering from that situation that obviously […]

Drought Pushing Up Feed Costs For Idaho Dairy Farmers

As the hot, dry summer continues, the drought is impacting Northwest crops in a variety of ways. For the Idaho dairy industry, the biggest impact is the dramatic increase in feed costs. “We’re seeing more and more competition for hay,” noted Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. “Competing with states like Colorado, Arizona, […]