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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hop Stocks Up 13% Year Over Year

The inventory of hops held by growers, dealers, and brewers on September 1st totaled 130 million pounds, up 13% from September 1st of last year. According to NASS, stocks held at dealer and grower locations earlier this month totaled 94 million pounds, while stocks held by brewers totaled 36 million pounds. Washington accounts for 72% […]

CAFE Remains A Priority For UI Ag, Others

While much has changed in the past couple of months because of the pandemic, one thing that has not changed, for the University of Idaho, the importance of the CAFE project. The Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment will focus on research, outreach and education, advancing the sustainability of dairy, livestock and crop […]

March 1st Hop Stocks Up 9% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, the inventory of hops held by growers, dealers, and brewers on March 1st, 2020 totaled 180 million pounds, a 9% jump from 2019, continuing a trend of year-over-year increases dating back to 2008. Stocks held at dealer and grower locations on March 1st totaled 145 million pounds, while stocks held by brewers […]

WSU, WSDA Asking Producers To Participate In Soil Survey

Washington State University and the state Department of Agriculture are conducting a survey focused on soil health, but they need your help.  WSU and WSDA are working together to develop a soil health index.  The project will use in-field measurements and soil samples to analyze overall soil health, as well a background on practices that […]