Perry Expects Profits For Cherry Growers, Mixed Results In The Vineyards

As we continue our series on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly Market Snapshot, we look today and cherries and the wine industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said he expects slight profits for both vineyards and wineries, but added it will be a mixed bag for both. “Lower grape yields and […]

Northwest Receives $6.5M For Pest Detection

The USDA announced Tuesday the Northwest will receive roughly $6.5 million for pest detection and surveillance. Washington was awarded $3.5 million, Idaho will see nearly $1.6 million while Oregon will receive $1.4 million for efforts to safeguard the U.S nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing more than $70 million in funding this year to […]

WSDA Looks To Updated Grape Quarantine Rules

In an effort to protect the state’s grape industry from harmful pests, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has proposed an update to quarantine rules involving the movement of all grape panting stock within the state. This proposed move come after several years of meetings between Department of Ag leaders in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, […]

Perry: Mixed Results Expected For Local Cherry Growers, Wineries In 2020

As we continue our look at Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot, we turn our attention to cherries and the wine industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said they anticipate slight profits for both vineyards and wineries this year, although it’s a mixed bag for both. “Lower grape yields and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Changes Reported In Top Oregon Commodities

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is out with the top commodities of 2019 and there was a bit of a shakeup. The top commodity grown in Oregon remained Greenhouse and Nursery last year, accounting for nearly $1 billion. Hay moved in as the new #2 commodity, accounting for over $674-million last year. Dropping to 3rd […]

2020 Apple, Pear Production Up In Oregon; Washington Wine Grape Production Jumps

According to NASS apple production in Oregon is forecast at 180 million pounds, up 20% from 2019. While down 3% year over year, Washington’s apple production is forecast at 7.4 billion pounds. At 69% of the U.S. apple production, Washington still ranks #1 in apple production, despite this year’s decrease. Meanwhile Washington peach production, at […]

The U.S. Reaches an Organic Equivalence Agreement with Taiwan

The quickly-growing organic market in Taiwan is poised to grow even faster. Late last week, the U.S. and Taiwan reached an organic equivalence arrangement to enable increased trade between the two regions. Taiwan is already the fifth-largest export market for U.S. organic products. The new arrangement will remove previous barriers for exporters, providing an opportunity […]