Washington Ag Production Value Increases During Pandemic

The value of Washington agriculture production increased 7% last year to $10.2 billion. With a value of $2.10 billion last year, apples remain the state’s leading agricultural commodity.  That was a 7% jump from 2019 numbers.  Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2020. In the previous year, apple’s share of the total […]

Value of Idaho Ag Up 4% In 2020

According to NASS, the value of agricultural production in Idaho hit $8.4 billion in 2020, up 4% year over year; the value of Idaho’s crop production in 2020 was $3.61 billion, up 8% from 2019. The value of livestock production in 2020 totaled $4.79 billion, up less than 1% from the previous year. The rankings […]

Dairy Industry Needs To Remain Innovative

Innovation in the dairy industry has grown significantly over the last 50 years. But as Paul Ziemninsky of Dairy Management Inc. observed, “The people who may have driven volume growth last 40 to 50 years, those companies They’ve been bought. They’ve diversified in other ways.” Which is why a new research and development talent pipeline […]

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 […]

How Did AMPI Weather The Pandemic?

During the recent World Dairy Expo, Sarah Schmitt with Associated Milk Producers Inc., the largest cheese cooperative in the U.S, talked about how the co-op faired through the pandemic. “Cheese and butter were the darlings of the pandemic. When people were home baking, cooking, what do you turn to but cheese and butter, the old […]

World Dairy Expo Announces Changes For 2022

World Dairy Expo may have just wrapped up its 2021 event back in Madison, WI, but the organization has already unveiled changed for the 2022 Expo. “Some would say it’s changes that are well overdue, others were caught a little off guard by it,” noted World Dairy Expo’s Katie Schmitt. “So, in 2022 World Dairy […]

2021 MILK Business Conference to Gather Dairy Industry Leaders in Las Vegas

The MILK Business Conference is set for November 30 – December 2, 2021, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Organizers say the event will offer educational and networking opportunities for dairy industry leaders, live and in person, and will take place before the start of the National Finals Rodeo. Farm Journal called the event […]

Vilsack Provides Dairy Assistance Details

Members of the dairy industry, particularly small and mid-sized operations, have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced details of what’s being called the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program. He noted any program to help producers must address basic assistance efforts. “One, a dairy donation program that is designed […]

After A Year Of Work Darigold Looks To Move Into Pasco Industrial Center

After a year of work, it appears the Port of Pasco will be the destination for Darigold’s new large scale milk protein facility. Earlier this month, the Port announced the approval of the sale of approximately 150 acres of the Reimann Industrial Center to the dairy coop for construction of an over $500 million facility. […]

NWFCS: Drought, Feed Costs Expected To Be Biggest Issues Facing Dairy, Beef Operations

We wrap up the first half of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, we do so taking a look at livestock. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said thanks to the drought, the cattle industry is expected to see unprofitable returns. “Drought will force producers to carefully evaluate retention of breeding stock […]