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 […]

Newhouse Pleased With Second Round Of CFAP Funding

Last week, President Trump and the USDA announced a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program funding, providing an additional $14 billion for producers who continue to face disruptions associated with the pandemic. CFAP 2 will be available for producers of a host of Northwest commodities, including grapes and wine grapes, all classes of wheat, […]

Yakima’s Preacher Named Chair at U.S. Apple Association

The U.S. Apple Association has named a new chair to lead its board of directors. Mike Preacher, the marketing director at Domex Superfresh Growers, will serve the 2020-21 term. Yakima-based Superfresh Growers, is a fifth-generation, family-owned, grower and shipper that focuses on apples, pears, cherries and apricots. Superfresh is the exclusive grower of the Autumn […]

NASS: More Than Enough Sweet Cherries Expects This Summer

It’s summer, and one of the best snacks out there, whether its for your holiday weekend, or just because, is sweet cherries.  And while this year’s crop is below what we saw this time last year, NASS’ Lance Honig is there will will be enough cherries to go around. “Production there expected 334,000 tons. That is down […]

DeVaney: 2020 Fruit Crop Looks Good

With the cherry harvest well underway and pear harvest set to start next month, members of the tree fruit industry say Northwest producers have grown a great crop. Jon DeVaney, President of the Washington state Tree Fruit Association said despite smaller volume, it looks like a good, marketable pear and apple crop this year. “The […]

Despite Slow Start, Local Cherry Harvest Looking Good

So far, the 2020 cherry harvest has been a unique one, not because of coronavirus or trade issues, but Mother Nature. B.J. Thurlby, President of the Washington State Tree Fruit Commission, said the weather has not been cooperating with growers, creating slowdowns in the harvest. “There is some damage, it’s not super extensive, it’s certainly […]

Fruit Production Mixed Across Washington & Oregon

According to NASS there was a lot of variation in fruit production between Washington and Oregon last year. Washington produced 7.22 billion pound of apples last year, up 13% year over year, with a total value of $1.96 billion, down 8% from 2018 numbers. In Oregon 148 million pounds of apples were produced last year, […]

Ripple Effect Of Coronavirus Concerning To Northwest Ag Community

The coronavirus could have a long-term, wide reaching impact on the Washington farm economy, which many don’t anticipate. That is the fear of many Ag groups across the state. Representative Dan Newhouse said he and other are concerned that if Asian markets don’t rebound from the pandemic in the coming months, local growers will lose […]

Coronavirus Not Transmitted Via Food

The coronavirus has most, if not all of us on edge these days, trying to determine what trips are essential, what safe and what is not. As you think about areas of your life that could expose you to COVID-19, the Ag industry is reminding consumers your food is not one of those locations. Jon […]

Perry Expects Slight Profits For Wines, Mixed Bag For Cherries

For today’s quarterly commodity snapshot, we take a look at cherries and wine. Northwest Farm Credit Services Bill Perry said their 12-month outlook calls for slightly profitable returns for mid-season cherries and profitable returns for early- and late-season cherries. “Although Little Cherry Disease and cold mid-March temperatures will likely decrease the 2020 crop, the mid-season […]