Lewison: Farming Community Must Be Active This Legislative Session

With the Washington Legislative Session set to get underway in a few weeks, the state’s farming community is reminded to be proactive and share their story. Pam Lewison with the Washington Policy Center said it will be vital for farmers to engage with those who are different or think differently. She added producers need to […]

Taylor: Oregon Ag Has Shown Resilience, Importance Over Past Two Years

The past two years have been very challenging for the farming community across the Pacific Northwest. In case last year’s pandemic and economic shutdown we’re not enough, farmers across the area had to deal with a variety of historic weather struggles this year, from extreme cold to start 2021, to record heat, drought and wildfire […]

Oregon Senate Approves Drought Heat Assistance

On Monday, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 892, directing the state Department of Agriculture to establish a disaster assistance program. Lawmakers allocated $40 million to a new, one-of-a-kind program to help mitigate economic losses farmers and ranchers suffered because of natural disasters in 2021, which included an ice storm, record heat, drought and wildfire […]

Mild Weather Could Result In Record Temperatures On Wednesday

It’s been a very mild couple of days across the PNW. Marilyn Lomann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said many areas reported record or near record daytime highs on Monday, and that looks to be repeated Wednesday. And while the mild temperatures are great news for those out working in the fields, she notes […]

Thurlby: Growers Will Be Back With Great Fruit After Challenging 2021

When looking back on 2021, one of the most discussed topics was the record heat the Pacific Northwest saw in late June. The area saw temperatures well into the 110’s, but making matters worse for the cherry industry was the fact the heat came during the heart of harvest. B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry […]

Newhouse Urges USDA To Expedite Assistance For Farmers

Regardless of party, lawmakers from both Washington and Oregon continue to push on the USDA to expedite disaster assistance for farmers devastated by not only record heat this summer, but extreme drought as well. Representative Dan Newhouse and the entire Washington delegation, as well as members of the Oregon delegation, sent a letter to Ag […]

Washington Raspberry Crop Hit Hard By Heat

The raspberry harvest for Northwest producers is in the books, and it was a rough year for Washington growers thanks to not only extreme heat, but a long, intense drought. Washington Red Raspberry Commission president Henry Bierlink said growers on the westside of the state are not used to temperatures over 100 degrees. “Some of […]

DelBene Calls For WHIP+ Funds To Be Distributed Quickly

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is calling for swift implementation of WHIP+ funds created to help Pacific Northwest producers hurt by this summer’s record heat event. The Northwest Washington representative says from one single extreme heat event in June, berry, potato, seafood farmers reported massive losses. “Some farms lost up to 90% of their total yields in […]

Voigt: Washington Potato Crop Off By Roughly 8%

Thanks to the extreme heat during June, the Washington potato crop is coming up a bit short this year. Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission said this year’s crop is down by roughly 8% from the five-year-average. But when he speaks with individual growers, some report slight increases in the size […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/30/21

Jon DeVanney, Executive Director of the Washington state Tree Fruit Association, talks about efforts this summer to keep workers safe during record heat. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]