Stabenow: We Continue To Work To Address Cattle Price Issues

Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow is non-committal so far on cattle market reforms proposed by other senators trying to boost competition and prices to independent producers. A fire at Tyson’s Holcomb, KS facility in 2019, followed by the pandemic have together sparked outrage by many over the big price spread between fed cattle and boxed […]

Newhouse: Administration Needs To Fill FSA Positions

The 2021 growing season has been challenging for producers in a number of ways, from the pandemic, to trade disruptions, to record heat, this year has been one for the record books in many ways. But, Dan Newhouse said some of the frustration farmers are facing right now does not need to happen. The Chair […]

Christmas Tree Expert Don’t Wait To Buy Your Real Tree

With the holidays getting underway next month, the word from Christmas tree growers is that there should be enough real Christmas trees for everybody who wants one. But, Chal Landgren, Oregon State University Christmas tree expert, says there probably won’t be a surplus this year, at least in the Pacific Northwest. He added consumers should […]

National Apple Crop Expected To Be Larger

The national apple harvest is just getting underway, but it already appears that this year’s crop is a bit bigger than expected. USDA Research Economist, Jacklyn Kramer said while harvest will be up roughly 3% of this year, it will be a mixed bag for apple production by state. Washington is expecting a 7% increase […]

2021 Tart Cherry Crop Larger, Thanks To Washington, Utah

The 2021 tart cherry crop is larger than previous year crops by over two million tons. “That’s really about half of what we would normally see for our tart cherry crop,” said NASS’ Lance Honig. “So this is the second consecutive year with fairly low production.” Honig also noted the rise in tart cherries comes […]

Senate Ag Scheduled Hearing on Cattle Markets

On Thursday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow announced a hearing titled “Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer.” The Michigan Democrat, along with the committee’s ranking Republican John Boozman of Arkansas, scheduled the hearing for Wednesday afternoon. Cattle market transparency is a priority for cattle producers as disruptions in the market, […]

Sugar Beet Plantings Ahead Of Average Nationwide

Sugar beet planting nationwide is nearing completion, a little earlier than normal. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 81% of the U.S. crop was planted by May 2nd, ahead of the five-year average of 51% and last year’s 47%. “We’re seeing planting approaching completion in Michigan 95% complete, and Idaho 93%. Then a big week […]

Idaho, Michigan Sugarbeet Plantings Ahead Of Average

When it comes to the 2021 sugarbeet crop, USDA metorologist Brad Rippey says plantings nationwide are off on the right foot. “We’re off to a pretty quick start especially in Michigan and Idaho. Overall, national progress 17% of the sugarbeets planted by April 11th. Five-year average is 7%, last year at this time 9%. Almost […]

Stabenow Introduces Rural Forest Markets Act

On Wednesday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow introduced the bipartisan Rural Forest Markets Act. The Michigan Democrat, joined by Senate Republican Mike Braun of Indiana, introduced the bill to remove barriers for small-scale, family foresters and help them benefit from new economic opportunities through climate solutions like carbon markets. The bill is the latest […]

Utah Egg Producers to be Cage-Free by 2025

Another state will require egg producers to turn to cage-free production methods in less than four years. Last week, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed a bill that prohibits producers from confining hens in cages beginning on January 1st of 2025. It also requires farmers to provide amenities that allow egg-laying hens to exhibit their “natural […]