Newhouse: Port Bottleneck Not Improving

When it comes to removing the bottleneck plaguing the West Coast ports, Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, says there’s unfortunately no improvement to report. “All of the factors that have contributed to the slowdown and the backup of containers and ships of trucks of rail all of those things are still in […]

Governor’s Office Not Happy With WAFLA Op-Ed

Recently, Dan Fazio Executive Director of the Washington Farm Labor Association, better known as WAFLA, wrote an Op-Ed piece that ran in the Seattle Times stating that roughly 95% of foreign farmworkers were vaccinated this year and that no one had died from COVID-19. That op-ed didn’t sit well with Governor Jay Inslee’s office which […]

Rural America Reminded To Get Vaccinated This Holiday Season

Rural vaccination rates against COVID-19 are behind those among urban residents. Dr. C.K. Babcock is a Clinical Associate Professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He says data from September shows that rural residents are still getting hit hard by COVID-19. “Rural areas have been hit really hard, and part of that is because […]

Epidemiologist: Rural Communities Continue To Get Hit Hard By COVID

In September, rural counties across the country reported a higher number of COVID-19 cases compared to their urban and suburban counterparts. As farmers and ranchers are busy this fall, they don’t exactly have time to be sick, there’s crops to harvest, livestock to care for and community events—all equally important to rural communities. Dr. Neil […]

USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers

The USDA is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, or PLIP. Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through October 12th, […]

USDA Rolls Out Innovation 4 Nutrition & Health

The USDA recently handed out several grants to projects designed to build more resiliency of food and in some cases health systems, including those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Gus Schumacher Incentive Program really prioritizes nutrition security. To find and fund innovative solutions to tackle the whole picture of the problem.” Suzanne Stluka of […]

NMPF Encourages Farm County To Get Vaccinated

In an open letter penned earlier this month, the National Milk Producers Federation is urging farmers and ranchers to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The NMPF’s Theresa Sweeney-Murphy, said vaccination rates in rural America are lagging behind their urban and suburban counterparts, which is problematic for a variety of reasons. “Lower vaccination rates are leading to […]

Keep Your Workers Clear Of COVID During Harvest

Harvest season is here across the Pacific Northwest and the last thing you need is someone down and out because of COVID-19. With the delta variant being highly contagious, COVID cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again, just as farmers are heading to the fields this fall. Dr. Tyler Clay, an internal medicine clinical […]