Bayer to Launch Organic Vegetable Seeds Portfolio

Last week, Bayer announced it will expand its vegetable seeds offerings under the Bayer umbrella to include organically produced seed. The launch will focus on certified organic production in three key crops for the greenhouse and glasshouse market, including tomato, sweet pepper and cucumber. These will be followed by tomato rootstock varieties in 2023. Bayer’s […]

Taylor: Trade, Slaughter & Processing Facilities Priorities Heading Into 2022

The last two years for Oregon agriculture have been very challenging to say the least. In 2020, producers dealt with not only the worldwide pandemic that shutdown the supply chain, but also historic wildfires over the summer and Labor Day weekend. And in 2021, not only have the impacts of COVID-19 stuck around, but producers […]

USDA: Wheat Production Continues To Globally

According to USDA, world wheat production continued at its record pace in September. The Department’s latest global balance sheet shows wheat production up 3.4 million tons from August. World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekansowski, said several nations reported month-over-month production increases. “Small changes in European Union’s some increases ins production in Bulgaria and Romania. And […]

WTO Panel to Review China’s Compliance on Farm Product Imports

The World Trade Organization this week established a dispute panel requested by China. The panel will determine whether China complied with an earlier WTO ruling regarding the administration of its tariff rate quotas. China submitted its second request for a dispute panel to determine whether it has complied with a 2019 ruling concerning its TRQs […]

International Conference Geared For Women In Ag Set For November

The Advancing Women Conference, a virtual event slated for this November. It will offer women across all portions of agriculture a chance to network and learn new ideas. Iris Meck, Glacier FarmMedia director of conferences, said the event is a leadership conference created for every woman who is passionate about farming and food. “The Advancing […]

U.S. Keeping Canada Border Closed Through September 21st

The U.S. Homeland Security Department recently announced the continued closure of the U.S.-Canada border through September 21, citing COVID-19 concerns. The closure includes restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico but ensures the flow of essential trade and travel. Meanwhile, Canada opened the border earlier this month to non-essential […]

USMCA Not With Out Challenges, Head of USGC Says

The USMCA went into effect a little more than  year ago, and it was widely hailed as an improvement over NAFTA. But, Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, said USMCA hasn’t been without challenges. “First of all, we’re certainly glad to have an agreement in place with our two top trading […]

U.S. Ag Tractor Sales Hold Steady in July, Gain in Canada

Gains in larger and four-wheel-drive tractors offset smaller declines in the sub-40 horsepower range in the U.S., while Canadian farm tractor sales were positive in July. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers said this week U.S. total farm tractor sales fell 0.8% in July compared to 2020, while U.S. combine sales jumped 19.2%. The articulated four-wheel […]

Barchart Raises U.S. Crop Forecasts on Higher Yields, Cuts Canadian Wheat Prediction

Barchart released its August 2021 Yield and Production forecasts for U.S. crops this week. “Our forecasts for U.S. field crop production have been revised higher on the back of increased yield expectations for both corn and soybeans and are now broadly in line with USDA’s most recent predictions,” says Keith Peterson of Barchart. The U.S. […]

Idaho Dairy Farmer Goes Before Senate To Stress Importance Of USMCA Enforcement

Allen Huttema, Executive Committee Member of the National Milk Producers Federation, recently spoke before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee stressing the importance of enforcing the USMCA. The Parma, ID area dairy producer said it’s important that all countries, particularly Canada, holds to even the spirit of the agreement. “Making sure that our dairy products, the […]