Petition Asks EPA to Regulate Large Livestock Farms

Two dozen environmental and consumer groups have asked the EPA to regulate large dairy and hog farms under federal air pollution laws. Groups like the Sierra Club and the Government Accountability Project say in their petition that “The EPA has the duty and authority to regulate these methane super-emitters under the Clean Air Act as […]

U.S. Hog Inventory Drops 2%

The USDA says there were 74.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms as of March 1st. The Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report says that the number is down 2% from March 2020, and three percent lower than December 1st of last year. Among the other key findings, NASS says of the 74.8 million hogs […]

New Swine Fever Virus Affecting Chinese Herds

According to Reuters, a new form of African swine fever is popping up on Chinese pig farms. The timing is not good for the world’s biggest pork producer that’s still trying to recover from a devastating epidemic. Two new strains of African Swine Fever have infected over 1,000 sows on several farms owned by China’s […]

USDA: Prices Index Up In September

Friday’s USDA Ag report shows the prices received by farmers nationwide increased for nearly every commodity in September. And as Gary Crawford explains that pushed the September Price Index Up 0.9% from August’s numbers, and roughly 1% higher than September a year ago. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call […]

Ag Groups File Appeal on California’s Prop 12

Back in 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1st, 2022. But several Ag groups are looking to stop the law before it starts. A Protect the Harvest release says the bill increases regulations on the egg, pork, and veal producers both in the state of California […]

USDA Announces Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Program Changes

On Monday, the USDA announced changes to the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program for cattle and swine starting in 2021. Changes include adding premium subsidies to assist producers and moving premium due dates to the end of the endorsement period for cattle. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre said the changes “build upon RMA’s […]

ODA Reports Increase In Out-Of-State Swine

Last week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture reported seeing an increase of out-of-state swine coming into the state from several Midwestern locations, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ODA said closures at meatpacking plants have left farmers with nowhere to process their hogs. Some are choosing to sell them, shipping them all over the country, […]

USDA Anticipates Lower Meat Prices

According to the latest outlook, the USDA is expecting lower prices across the meat sector. World Ag Outlook Chair Mark Jekanowski said that expectation comes from production changes. “Our beef production forecast we’ve pulled back a bit, mainly based on lower steer and heifer slaughter, and given the very low prices for cattle recently that […]

Tips On Keeping The Farm Healthy During COVID-19

Many businesses are pretty much able to function with people tele-working from home but obviously for farms and related businesses, as Mike Keenan, RMA insurance expert pointed out, “our conditions are different than an office setting.” He added there is some farm desk work that can be done from somewhere else, but a lot of […]