WSU Potato Field Day Set For June 24th

As the farming community continues the slow trek toward normalcy, the row crop sector will take a noticeable step Thursday June 24th, as Washington State University hosts their Potato Field Day in Othello. WSU’s Dr. Tim Waters said this year’s Field Day will not be like those from the past. This year’s event will be […]

USDA Announces Additional Aid for Producers and Business

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week additional aid intended for agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. Earlier this year, the secretary announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the […]

Walla Walla Valley Wine Hosting Dinner Series Next Month

Walla Walla Valley Wine will host their Summer Winemaker Dinner Series next month. WWVW’s Shelby Pryor, said this year, coming out of the pandemic, the organization wanted to focus on intimate events that could be conducted safely rather than Walla Walla Valley Wine’s usual large scale tasting events. “It’s a really great opportunity for different […]

Oil Prices Continue To Move Higher As Demand Continues To Climb

Oil prices continue the slow climb higher that consumers have seen for several months at this point. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says a barrel of West Texas Crude was up to around $71 in Monday’s trade. And he noted there are two key issues pushing those oil prices higher. First, DeHaan noted, demand for oil […]

Vilsack Discusses What It Will Take To Strengthen The Food Supply Chain

The USDA announced recently plant to invest $4 billion to strengthen critical supply chains.  “Historically we’ve had a very efficient system, but efficiency comes at a price. And that price is a lack of resilience when you have a major disruption,” said Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “What we’re learning and what we’ll have to learn […]

Compared To Other Commodities Pandemic Did Not Hurt Idaho Hay Growers

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the farming community varies location to location and commodity to commodity. One Northwest commodity that didn’t report as many problems because of the pandemic was the hay industry in Idaho. Will Ricks, President of the Idaho Hay and Forage Association, said while many struggled with a dip in […]

SNAP, P-EBT Accounted for More Than 1/9 of Total Food-At-Home Spending

Shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, and the need for social distancing led households to buy more food for consumption at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. In response to the economic downturn and pandemic conditions, emergency allotments were issued to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households. Additionally, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer benefits were distributed to households with children missing […]

USDA to Invest $4 Billion to Strengthen Food Systems

The Department of Agriculture announced this week plans to invest more than $4 billion to strengthen critical supply chains through the Build Back Better initiative. The USDA said the funding stems from lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent supply chain disruptions. The new effort will strengthen the food system, create new market opportunities, […]