Dairy Issue With Canada Farm From Done, Salmonsen Says

This week’s trade ruling against Canada’s restrictive dairy import system in favor of the U.S. is not the end of the process. That ruling gives Canada until February 3rd to comply and still leaves unfinished U.S. efforts with Mexico. The U.S. dairy industry is urging Canada to comply swiftly with a USMCA dispute panel ruling […]

Idaho Ag Exports May Set A Record In 2021

Idaho’s value of Ag exports could be on pace to set another record this year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, $778 million worth of agricultural products were exported out of Idaho through the end of September. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, that was an 11% increase during the same time period in […]

Potato Growers Looking Forward To Additional Opportunities In Mexico

Potato growers are excited after the signing of a plan allowing American producers to export fresh potatoes to all of Mexico. This comes months after the Mexican Supreme Court ruled in favor of American growers, saying fresh spuds could not be limited to just 16 miles from the U.S/Mexico border. National Potato Council CEO Kam […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/11/21

Pear Bureau Northwest’s Jeff Correa discusses how the port slowdown has changed the destination of some of the region’s best fruit. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets. The report says the recent nomination of a chief agriculture negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is an important step forward. However, Elaine Trevino has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. U.S. animal protein […]

U.S.-Mexico Ag Officials Establish Working Group

U.S. and Mexican agriculture delegates met this week during the 30th annual meeting of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The officials discussed concerns regarding recent decisions by Mexico’s federal government to impose arbitrary prohibitions on agricultural biotechnology and certain pesticides. Delegates reaffirmed their commitment that the regulation, import and use of these critical tools be based […]

Ag Leaders Looking to Make Food Systems More Sustainable

A recent gathering of North American Agricultural leaders focused on opportunities to work together to find pathways to more sustainable global food systems.  “I think it’s important and necessary for us as we are developing and thinking in new ways and transforming our food and agriculture system to look at ways we can create more, […]

High Vaccination Rate Reported Among H-2A Workers

Thanks to a variety of efforts, the H-2A farmworker community has reported a high rate of COVID-19 vaccinations. Dan Fazio, CEO of WAFLA, the Washington Farm Labor Association, said Medical Teams International has been working on issuing vaccinations along with local health jurisdictions and farmworker clinics. And that has resulted, he noted in a vaccination […]

Bayer to Launch Organic Vegetable Seeds Portfolio

Last week, Bayer announced it will expand its vegetable seeds offerings under the Bayer umbrella to include organically produced seed. The launch will focus on certified organic production in three key crops for the greenhouse and glasshouse market, including tomato, sweet pepper and cucumber. These will be followed by tomato rootstock varieties in 2023. Bayer’s […]

Taylor: Trade, Slaughter & Processing Facilities Priorities Heading Into 2022

The last two years for Oregon agriculture have been very challenging to say the least. In 2020, producers dealt with not only the worldwide pandemic that shutdown the supply chain, but also historic wildfires over the summer and Labor Day weekend. And in 2021, not only have the impacts of COVID-19 stuck around, but producers […]