Wheat Seeding Up Across the PNW

According to NASS, wheat plantings increased 3% across the Pacific Northwest this year, while acres planted nationwide increased 2%. Idaho growers planted 760,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2022 crop, up 7% from 2021, and 6% above the 2020 crop. Oregon farmers increased their winter wheat acreage by 1% to 730,000 acres for the […]

USDA Announces Funds To Promoted Climate Smart Ag

Investing in resilient, climate smart infrastructure in rural America. “We’re announcing $633-million being invested into 793 projects impacting all 50 state and Puerto Rico,” Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack said late last week as he announced new investments in climate smart Ag. He added the funds will be used in a variety of ways. “Five key […]

USDA Invests $167 Million in High-Speed Broadband in 12 States

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Department of Agriculture is investing $167 million in 12 states to deploy broadband infrastructure. The investment focuses on rural areas without sufficient access to high-speed internet. The investments will benefit rural people in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and […]

Competitive Meat Market Bill Introduced in House, Senate

House and Senate Republicans recently introduced legislation that would create tax incentives supporting small and mid-sized meat processing plants. The Hagstrom Report says the goal of the bill is to help cattle producers compete for better prices. Supporters of the Feed America by Incentivizing Rural Meat Packing (FAIR) Act say the bill will make sure […]

USDA Announce Cosby as NRCS Chief

On Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of Terry Cosby to serve as chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Cosby began his career with USDA in 1979 as a student trainee in Iowa. Over Cosby’s 42 years with the agency, he has served in numerous capacities, most recently, Acting Chief of NRCS […]

National Winter Wheat Conditions Behind Average

With drying conditions reported across a fair portion of the country, what impact has that had on winter wheat? “We see 5% of the U.S. winter wheat headed on that date,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “The April 11th Average is 7%; last year 6% headed. We see Texas leading the way.” The only other […]

Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Reintroduced

On Friday, Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, joined Missouri Republican Billy Long, as well as Democrats Jimmy Panetta and Mike Levin, both of California, to reintroduce the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act. Supporters of the legislation say it will help preserve Ag fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they […]

USDA Investing $598 Million to Improve and Modernize Rural Electric Infrastructure

Earlier this week, the USDA announced investments to modernize and improve rural electric grids through 11 projects under the Electric Loan Program. The funding will benefit 460,000 rural residents and businesses in 7 Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. Several of the loans will help expand […]

Missouri Farm Bureau Elects Youngest State Farm Bureau President

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation members elected Garrett Hawkins as its next President, taking the reins from long-time outgoing president Blake Hurst. At 40 years of age, Hawkins becomes the youngest state farm bureau president. Over the weekend, the organization elected Hawkins over Vice President Todd Hays and USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce. Hawkins […]

Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Introduced in Congress

The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act was introduced in Congress late last week to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country. The legislation from Democrat Jimmy Panetta of California and Republican Billy Long of Missouri is also designed to help fairs recover from large financial losses they’ve suffered because of COVID-19. A large number of fairs […]