Dilley: OT Ruling The Latest Challenge Put Before Washington Dairy Farmers

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court ruled farmworkers must receive overtime pay, thus eliminating an exemption from the state’s minimum wage law the Ag industry has used for decades. The ruling will have a deep and direct impact on the Washington dairy industry. And according to Scott Dilley Communication Director for the state dairy federation, […]

AFBF: Phase One A Win For American Ag

The American Farm Bureau Federation says Phase One of the trade deal with China has been a success. Farm Bureau Senior Congressional Relations Director Dave Salmonsen disputes some media and social media claims that Phase One, which is still short of annual targets, is a “failure”. “Oh, absolutely not. I think you have to look […]

Stabenow Leads Opposition Against USDA Decision on Dairy Aid

Senate Ag Committee Member Debbie Stabenow is leading a group of 15 senators asking Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to reverse a decision that excluded dairy farmers from getting coronavirus aid for losses from meat produced from breeding animals. The Hagstrom Report said the senators point out that losses from meat produced from breeding animals were […]

Dairy Industry Expected To Return To Normal Next Year

The USDA is forecasting a reduction of volatility for the dairy industry, and a return to normalcy next year. World Ag Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski said the dairy industry, has suffered a lot of volatility this year. It started he noted with the large scale lock down, then some re-opening of food service, food […]

NWFCS Anticipates Modest Profitability For Cattle, Dairy Operators

As we start our weeklong series focused on the Northwest Farm Credit Services commodity snapshots, we start in the livestock industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12-month outlook for cattle suggests modest profitability centered around risk management strategies. “Diminished throughput in the spring drove retail prices higher, reduced exports and burdened the industry with […]

Value Of Washington Ag Comes In Under $10B

The value of agricultural production in Washington last year totaled $9.49 billion, a 2% decrease from 2018 numbers. According to NASS apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state accounting for $1.96 billion last year, an 8% year over year drop. Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2019; while apples were […]

World Dairy Expo Goes Virtual

Typically, this week, the dairy industry would gather in Madison, WI for World Dairy Expo. However, because of COVID-19 the international event has gone on line. So, the World Dairy Expo team is using the week to focus on the history of the event. “So we are not hosting a virtual show in the sense […]

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Surpasses 100 Million Boxes Delivered

On Tuesday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Perdue stated, “It is incredible to think that in a little more than five months, this food box program has gone from an idea to a reality that has provided […]

Newhouse: CFAP2 Funds Critical For Future Of Ag Industry

Many Northwest producers will benefit from the expanded CFAP funding, CFAP 2. The additional $14 billion, according to the USDA, will help producers who continue to face disruptions and associated costs due to the pandemic. While some have questioned the price tag, Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse says it’s critical to ensure producers are fiscally […]

USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities

On Monday, the USDA extended more than a dozen nutrition program flexibilities during the pandemic. The extension ensures participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, continue receiving the food and health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA is providing the extension of the waivers throughout the […]