USCA Supports Strengthening Local Processing Act

Earlier this week, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association announced its support of The Strengthening Local Processing Act. Introduced last month, the legislation will increase local livestock and poultry producers’ options and assist smaller facilities as they adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and expand to meet consumer demand. The legislation was introduced by Representative Chellie Pingree, a […]

Warnick’s Bill Aimed At Boosting Meat Production Clears State Senate

Legislation aimed at increasing meat processing and packing in Washington unanimously cleared the state Senate Tuesday. Senate Bill 5045, sponsored by Judy Warnick would make small and medium sized meat producers statewide eligible for support from a newly created Processing and Marketing Assistance Program. Warnick said the bill would also require the state Department of […]

What Can Dairy Industry Expect In 2021? Expert Weighs In.

The Dairy market appears to have stabilized after the uncertainty of 2020. Brian Doherty, Senior Market Advisor with Total Farm Marketing said despite more stability, there are some warning signs ahead. “I think there are some warning signs, and it’s production. We’ve been at this for a long time, and if you stop and look […]

Sandison Hopeful Trade Climate Will Improve

Many in the Ag industry are trying to prepare for life to return to normal once the pandemic is behind us. One of the best ways to do that, according to Washington state Department of Agriculture director Derek Sandison, improve trade. “If we can get back into the mode at looking at expanding markets, whether […]

DeHaan Demand Pushing Oil Prices Higher OPEC May Help This Week

As we start a new months, oil prices continue to move higher. West Texas Crude was trading Monday around $62 per barrel. And Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy noted that fuel demand, nationally, is at the highest levels reported since the pandemic started. “We are at an intersection now of low supply and high demand, and […]

Ag Distance Toolkit Allows Young People To Learn About The Farm During Pandemic

During the pandemic, most in person events transitioned to virtual gatherings, including those events in the farming community. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the USDA, Oregon State University was able to move Farm Tours and Ag education for young people on-line. According to OSU’s 4-H program the funds allowed them to implement an […]

Vilsack: Food Box Program Under Review

Recently Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, the USDA’s Food Box Program which started during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic is currently under review. “The implementation of this program highlighted, in some cases, circumstances and situations where perhaps the level of money paid for those who were putting the boxes together was pretty significant. And […]

Farm, Food Workers Lagging When It Comes To COVID Vaccinations

Despite being hard hit by COVID-19 infections throughout this pandemic, food and farm workers continue to find it challenging to get the coronavirus vaccination. Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, a food justice expert at Syracuse University, acknowledges there are many populations interested in the vaccine, including the elderly, teachers and other essential workers. But she noted, without […]

Lawmakers Introduce Emergency Feed Bill

Legislation introduced this week in the Senate would provide farmers and ranchers with additional flexibility to alleviate feed shortages in years with widespread excessive moisture, flooding or drought. The Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters with Cover Crops Act would create an emergency waiver authority for the Secretary of Agriculture to allow for haying, grazing or […]