AFT Throws Support Behind The Ag Resilience Act

The American Farmland Trust is throwing their support behind the Agriculture Resilience Act introduced by Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. AFT Policy Director Tim Fink said the legislation meets all three goals of the organization’s mission but does so in a voluntary form. “For one thing it actually increases investment in a federal program that focuses on […]

Vilsack: Ag Community Wants To Help Address Climate Change

When it comes to the role the agriculture community has in climate change, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said he has been pleasantly surprised. “I was very pleased with the level of support and interest that the farm community has for ways in which they can be engaged in this effort to reduce emissions and to […]

Growth Energy Launches New Consumer Campaign

Last week, Growth Energy launched a new consumer campaign to encourage drivers to choose biofuels. During the organization’s 12th Annual Executive Leadership Conference, Growth Energy announced the effort that seeks to raise awareness about biofuels’ positive environmental benefits. Through a series of targeted digital content, advertising, and digital media, the Get Biofuel campaign aligns biofuel benefits […]

NOAA: The West Coast Is Getting Warmer Dryer

NOAA released its updated Climate Normals Tuesday, an average of weather events between 1991 and 2020, giving us an idea of what an average day looks like temperature wise, what an average month looks like precipitation wise, etc. When taking a look at the past three decades, Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service […]

Vilsack: U.S. Needs To Work With Others To Address Climate Change

Under the Biden Administration, climate change, has become a major issue, not just for the U.S. or other economic super powers, bur really with most nations across the globe. “I can tell you that I’ve called a lot more Ag administrators and commissioners around the world in the first 60 days I’ve been on this […]

Wolff: More Questions Than Answers When It Comes To President’s Tax Proposal

President Biden’s proposed tax increases to pay for his infrastructure and social programs has many in farm country concerned, just as the President is winning buy-in for his climate change proposals. Farm groups like Biden’s ideas on rewarding farmers for climate-smart conservation practice but proposed new capital gains taxes could undermine that support. American Farm […]

Bonnie: Question Must Be Addressed Before USDA Gets Into The “Carbon Bank” Business

Carbon credit markets are showing potential as a possible revenue stream for farmers, thanks to carbon sequestration practices they can implement on their operations. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently came out in favor of the USDA operating as a potential “carbon bank” for American producers that want to participate in carbon markets. Robert Bonnie, President […]

Focus On Fruit for 04/29/21

The Administration continues to promote changes the Ag community can make to help address climate change. What does that mean for tree fruit growers in the Northwest? We asked Mark Power, President the Northwest Horticultural Council. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Vilsack, Ag Senators Discuss Priorities

Ag Senators met privately this week with USDA head Tom Vilsack to discuss legislative priorities. Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley says the meeting was “off the record”, and he couldn’t detail what others said, but he mentioned his priorities. “I brought up with Vilsack, a couple of my priorities. First, the department should be in the […]

Farmers Find Barriers to Carbon Markets

Farmers are struggling to enter carbon markets. Companies like Microsoft are purchasing credits and others like Bayer and Cargill have subsidized projects to incentivize farmers to reduce emissions. The Department of Agriculture is monitoring the success of the carbon markets with an eye on future farm bill programs. However, a Nebraska farmer told Reuters, “It’s […]