Oil Prices Move Higher As Investors Feel More Confident

Uncertainty has been the name of the game for 2020, and that’s pushed oil prices lower. But the future has become a little more certain over the past couple of weeks with the Presidential election done, and the hope of a COVID-19 vaccination on the horizon. Now, many investors are feeling better about what tomorrow […]

USMEF: Despite Struggles Of 2020 Pork Exports To Japan Hold Signs Of Encouragement

During the U.S Meat Export Federation’s Strategic Planning conference in mid-November, USMEF Vice President of Marketing Jesse Austin provided pork producers with an update on two areas that are critical for success in Japan; chilled port and ground seasoned pork. Austin said through September, Japan’s imports of chilled America pork were slightly lower year over […]

2021 NW Hay Expo Canceled

Because of the ongoing pandemic and increasing coronavirus numbers across the Northwest, many of our local farming conventions have decided to move on-line this winter. However, one that will not be on-line is the 2021 Northwest Hay Expo. Andrew Eddie, Vice President of the Washington state Hay Growers Association said while a difficult decision, their […]

AWW “Bid For Bottles” Runs Through Early December

The Auction of Washington Wines’ “Bid for Bottles – Holiday Edition” is currently taking place on-line. AWW Executive Director Jamie Peha said the new event provides the opportunity to showcase a host of Washington wineries, with proceeds supporting Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Research as well as Seattle Children’s. “We felt we were in […]

Ag Credit Conditions Recover in Third Quarter

Farm income and loan repayment rates recovered from sharp declines in the second quarter, and demand for credit softened according to Federal Reserve Ag Credit Surveys. Although farm income generally remained low, loan repayment rates stabilized, and farmland real estate markets remained strong. Farm loan demand moderated in all Federal Reserve districts for the first […]

Deere Sales Down 9%, Net Income Down 15%

Deere & Company reported net income of $757 million for the fourth quarter that ended November 1st, or $2.39 per share, compared with net income of $722 million for the quarter ending November 3rd, 2019. For fiscal 2020, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $2.751 billion, or $8.69 per share, compared with $3.253 […]

National 4-H Council Awarded $3 Million to Support 4-H at Home

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture investing more than $10.5 million to support educators across the country. Funds are going to technical schools, community and junior colleges, and youth development programs, including the Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program. NIFA is giving a $3 million grant to the National 4-H Council to support the continued […]

NFU: More Needs To Be Done This Holiday Season To Help Farmers

According to National Farmers Union’s most recent “The Farmer’s Share”, for every dollar Americans spend on their Thanksgiving dinner this year, farmers and ranchers will earn approximately 11.9 cents. That marks a slight year-over-year decline, when farmers made roughly 12.15 cents of the Thanksgiving food dollar. Rob Larew, President of the NFU, said between those low prices […]

USDA Highlights Risk Management Tools For Livestock Producers

USDA and the Extension Risk Management Education Program recently co-hosted a webinar focused on livestock risk management and what assistance is available for producers. “We have risk management agency within our mission area,” noted USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “We have several crop insurance tools. We call them cattle insurance. Cattle […]