What Roll Has USDA Played In The COVID-19 Fight

Did you know the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has played a critical scientific roll in the battle against COVID-19. “Those animal disease laboratories in many cases have the capabilities that were necessary to provide testing of human samples for Coronavirus,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “And so we made those resources […]

APHIS Highlights Biosecurity Advancements

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently highlighted many of the advancements in AG biosecurity in 2020. Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, said among the highlights, progress on a Foot and Mouth vaccine bank. “We were able to negotiate a very attractive contract that allowed us to purchase basically double […]

Ibach Looks Back On 2020

When looking back on 2020, how is the year viewed by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service? “The Coronavirus is one of the areas that shaped a lot of the activities of the ag marketing service,” said AMS Undersecretary Greg Ibach. He explained that AMS was involved in adjustments made after the pandemic began disrupting the […]

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 […]

USDA Looks To Assist Livestock Industry Following Market Disruptions

The USDA recently rolled out three initiatives designed to assist the livestock industry and improve marketing in the wake of a summer market disruptions reported over the past couple of years. “We’re moving forward with some things that we identified USDA could be engaged in and congress has moved forward with several proposals being introduced […]

USDA Awards Contracts for RFID Ear Tags

The USDA recently awarded contracts to purchase up to eight million radio frequency identification ear tags. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the RFID tags will help increase overall animal disease traceability in cattle and bison. The contract allows APHIS to purchase additional tags each year for up to five years. USDA Under […]

The U.S., Japan Organic Trade Pact Now Includes Livestock

The USDA says livestock is now added to the list of products included in the organic trade arrangement between the U.S. and Japan. TheFencePost.com says livestock can now be certified to either country’s organic standards for sale as organic in both markets. “Opening new markets for America’s organic farmers and ranchers continues to be a […]

Schrier Pushes USDA To Help Washington’s Specialty Crop Industry

On Monday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier, spoke with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach, asking that the needs of Washington’s farmers and farm families be addressed during the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Following the call, Schrier sent a letter to USDA, asking the department to consider the unique needs of Northwest specialty crop growers. “I appreciated the opportunity to […]

Perdue Announces Northwest Wheat Can Be Sold In Kenya

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue had good news for Northwest wheat farmers Tuesday.  Effective immediately, U.S. wheat can now be shipped to Kenya regardless of the state of origin or which port of export it comes from.  This important step means that Washington, Idaho and Oregon, can now join the list of states that can ship […]

United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health to bring worldwide attention to invasive pests. The pests destroy up to 40% of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year.  The United Nations is calling on stakeholders to work together to protect plants against the […]