NWFCS Anticipates Profits For Dairy Cattle In 2021

As we start our six part series focused on Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly Market Snapshot on local commodities, we start with dairy and cattle. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said the 12-month outlook on cattle suggests slightly profitable returns. “The national herd size is moderating, which is providing tailwinds to producer profitability. Instability […]

OLCC: Cannabis Sales Hit Record In 2020

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, recreational-cannabis sales dramatically jumped last year. Citing the coronavirus lockdowns and protests for racial justice, OLCC says 2020 was a record year of business for the state’s marijuana industry. Total marijuana sales in Oregon jumped from $795 million in 2019, to $1,110,520,723 for the year that just ended. […]

Rural Broadband Will Be Focus Of AFBF Convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation virtual convention kicked off Sunday. And while the four day event will include many of the same features farmers and ranchers enjoy year after year, attendance is on-line, which presents a challenge for many in rural America. AFBF President Zippy Duvall said the virtual event reaffirms the need for expanding […]

Oregon Farm Bureau Files Formal Petition To OSHA

On Monday, the Oregon Farm Bureau filed a formal petition to Oregon-OSHA on behalf of farm housing providers. The petition said the Ag industry seeks common-sense solutions to farm labor housing protections during COVID-19. Samantha Bayer, OFB Policy Counsel, said this is not the first time the farming community tried to work with the state […]

COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

According to a new American Farm Bureau Federation poll, a majority of farmers and farm workers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health. The results found more than half of respondents say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. The survey of rural adults and farmers […]

New COVID Regulations In China Has Slowed Meat Imports

Increased coronavirus testing of imported meat and poultry is having a big impact on product bound for China. Since summer 2020, following outbreaks at wholesale food markets, China has been swab testing imported meat, often focusing on packaging. At first the tests only occurred at the ports, and on a sample basis. But as the […]

Save Family Farming: L&I Fine Against Gebbers “Enforcement By Crucifixion”

Save Family Farming is pushing back against the Washington department of Labor and Industries following a $2 million fine over alleged COVID-19 deaths. The state-wide farm group is comparing the $2 million fine announced on against Gebbers Farms on December 21st to Enforcement by Crucifixion, comparing it to tactics used by the Roman Empire. “Such […]

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Renewed

Earlier this week, the USDA announced the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food nationwide through the fifth round of the program. Set to expire at the end of 2020, the recent coronavirus aid package provided more funding […]

Virtual Trade Missions Will Be A Key Going Forward

Before the global pandemic, USDA and its Trade and Agricultural Affairs Mission Area planned to conduct eight trade missions in 2020. Those all, in the in the traditional person to person meeting and product demonstration sense, were postponed. But with shutdowns, the USDA transitioned those meetings on-line. And while the Department’s Ted McKinney said face-to-face […]