AFBF Asking Administration To Do More On The Trade Front

The U.S. must get more aggressive on trade deals, that according to the American Farm Bureau Federation after the UK and India launched talks on a free trade agreement. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen said the Biden Administration should see the UK-India announcement as a signal to engage on American deals. “When […]

Focus On Fruit for 12/30/21

What’s being done to reopen the Indian market to U.S. apple growers? Mark Powers President of the Northwest Horticultural Council has the latest developments. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Long-Term Productivity Growth Varies Across Countries

According to data from USDA’s Economic Research Service, total factor productivity growth for agriculture, the rate of technology and efficiency programs being used in Ag, varies across countries. The data measures the amount of agricultural output produced from the combined set of land, labor, capital, and material resources employed in the production process. Strengthening the […]

USApple Asking For Removal Of Steel And Aluminum Tariffs

Recently, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office met with counterparts from India to start Ag trade negotiations. USApple said while they appreciate the effort to restart negotiations with one of the largest markets in the world, more needs to be done. USApple President and CEO Jim Bair said India historically is a strong market for American […]

U.S., India Reach Agreement on Ag Trade

India and the United States agreed to expand trade between the nations on some agricultural products. Those include U.S. cherries, alfalfa, and distiller’s dried grains, as well as Indian mangoes, grapes, shrimp, and water buffalo. The two sides came together in the first U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum meeting in four years. The trade ministers also […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/04/21

In today’s Focus on Fruit, Mark Powers provides an update on ongoing efforts to improve trade opportunities for Northwest tree fruit growers. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Experts Say Plan Now For 2022 Inputs

Supply shortages, surcharges, and other unprecedented challenges in the global agriculture supply chain have deeply impacted farmers’ ability to secure crop protection products. Planning for next season has never been more important. Michael Bittner, Lead for crop protection provider Atticus, said a lot of factors are contributing to supply instability and price increases. “We have […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/16/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, Mark Powers President of the Northwest Horticultural Council talks about trade priorities for the local tree fruit industry. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Focus On Fruit for 05/13/21

How is the local apple industry addressing an odd request made this year by India? Mark Powers takes a look. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]