Winter Wheat Crop Looks Bad Nationwide As Discussions Of Abandonment Increase

The condition of the national winter wheat crop continues to drop. “[Nationally] 27% good to excellent, 41% very poor to poor,” noted USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “A week ago we were sitting at 29% and 39% respectively.” Rippey noted over the past week, winter wheat conditions improved slightly in Montana and Colorado, but many of […]

Wyden, Others, Call For Better Pay For Firefighters

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to establish a special pay rate for federal wildland firefighters. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said such a move would help avert critical staffing shortages ahead of the 2022 fire season. Lawmakers sent a letter this week, saying years […]

Winter Wheat Crop Continues To Struggle Nationwide

For the beleaguered winter wheat crop in some of the southern drought areas, “It’s quickly becoming the point of no return,” according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. He added the current crop raitings are just terrible for this time of year. “We just see 27% of the U.S. wheat crop rated good to excellent, that […]

NW Hospitals Benefit From Emergency Rural Health Care Grants

  The first in a series of USDA emergency rule health care grant awards have been announced. “We’re awarding $43 million in grants to 93 rural health care organizations and community groups across 22 States,” Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack noted during his recent announcement.  “These investments, if you look at the 22 states and the […]

USDA: Winter Wheat Crop Struggling Nationwide

The wheat crop nationwide is facing a variety of challenges this year. “For weeks now we’ve been watching the status of winter wheat and the poor condition across the central and southern great plains and despite a fairly stormy week last week, it’s not surprising that we still have some significant issues with winter wheat […]

Sowers Canola Acreage Continues To Grow As Producers Learn More About The Crop

Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the PNW Canola Association anticipates that despite the weather challenges of 2021, canola acreage will increase this growing season. She noted that more and more producers are learning of the benefits of canola beyond being a rotational crop. “The local market and the canola market it staying so strong.  The […]

PNWCA To Host Hybrid Annual Meeting Monday

The PNW Canola Association’s annual meeting will take place Monday January 31st, and this year’s event will be a hybrid event, both on-line and in person in Spokane. Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the PNW Canola Association said the event is open to members and non-members alike and they will recap the struggles and successes […]

National Drought Already Impacting National Wheat Crop

How has the national drought impacted the country’s winter wheat crop? “Last year’s winter wheat crop, the one planted in the fall of 2020 and harvested in 2021, a lot of that crop made it through before the drought got intense across the great plains.” USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said drought then settled into places […]

Western Caucus Not Pleased With Administration’s ESA Proposal

Some members of the Congressional Western Caucus are not happy with the Administration’s proposal to withdraw ten million acres of federal lands via the Endangered Species Act. In a recent letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the lawmakers claim the Administration is using its decision to update the greater sage-grouse land management plans as an […]

Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board Will Have Roughly $1 Million For Coming Year

The Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board will have just over $1 million this summer to kill wolves across the state. Board officials requested $392,000 from the state’s general fund last week; that is the same amount the group requested in 2021. The IWDC is a five-member board that allocates money for control actions approved by […]