Washington State University Awarded $5 Million To Support Hop Research

Late last week, the USDA awarded Washington State University $4,853,908 to benefit the Pacific Northwest hop industry. The funds, which were part of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant program, will allow WSU to conduct research on enhancing supply chain sustainability and global competitiveness. “As one of the leading producers of specialty crops in the […]

WSDA On The Lookout For Potentially Destructive Pest

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking the farming and non-farming community to keep an eye out for a potentially destructive pest. The Department said the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) may have been observed in the Omak region recently, but entomologists could not confirm that report. Spotted lanternfly (SLF), a native to Asia, attacks […]

Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Hop Stocks Increase Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, hop stocks as of September 1st, increased 2% over last year. The inventory of hops held by growers, dealers, and brewers earlier this month totaled 133 million pounds, up from the 130 million pounds reported on September 1st, 2020. Stocks held at dealer and grower locations on September 1st of this year […]

International Demand Pushes Northwest Hop Acreage Higher

According to NASS, over 60,000 acres of hops were strung this season across the Pacific Northwest, a record high, and a 4% increase from last year. Jaki Brophy with Hop Growers of America said the increase in acreage is thanks to customer demand. She added some of the acres reported in 2021 were actually added […]

Hop Acreage Continues To Increase Across The Northwest

Hop acreage continues to increase across the Northwest. According to NASS, 60,735 hop acres were strung for harvest this year in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. That represents a 4% year over year increase for the region. Washington account for 43,380 acres for harvest, 71% of the total U.S. acreage. In Idaho, 9,784 acres were strung […]

CWU Marks National Week Of the Farmworkers

National Week of the Farmworkers wrapped up March 31st. And to celebrate the occasion intended to bring attention to farmworkers and honor their contributions, Central Washington University held a forum in which students who come from farm working backgrounds could share some of their stories. Ramiro Casas, a freshman from Prosser, WA, said he’s worked […]

Biggest Impact On 2020 Hop Crop? Smoke

To say 2020 has been a “unique year” for the local farm community may be an understatement, and that has been no different for local hop growers. Jaki Brophy, Washington Hop Commission and Hop Growers of America Communications Director, said while the 2020 harvest was large, smoke from September wildfires was a major contributor as […]

WSDA Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

The Washington State Department of Agriculture received $4.65 million in federal Specialty Crop Block Grant funds in 2020. Project Manager Leisa Schumaker said the funds are made available as part of the Farm Bill to increase the competitiveness and demand of Washington’s specialty crops. “So there’s a lot of ways that they do this such […]

Idaho Specialty Crop Program Offers Nearly $2M Statewide

The Idaho state Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop block grant program was much more popular in 2020 compared to just a year earlier. ISDA said 17 different projects were awarded $1.8 million, specifically to help specialty crop growers across the state. The funds from the specialty crop block grant program will be used to […]