How Did February’s Storm Impact Winter Wheat

When looking at the national winter wheat crop, USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey said the extreme cold weather last month had an impact. “In terms of what happened during the month of February, a little bit of a mixed bag because some areas did get snow that provided great insulation and moisture from that bitterly cold […]

Registration Now Open For Canola Workshop

Registration is now open for the Pacific Northwest Canola Association’s Canola workshop coming up February 9th-10th. According to PNWCA Executive Director Karen Sowers, canola growers, industry reps, and university faculty from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington will present a wide range of canola production topics and be available for live Q&A during and following each session. […]

Tester: QLA Does Not Provide Adequate Support for Feed Grain Producers

Senator Jon Tester says the Farm Service Agency has further delayed disaster assistance support for farmers who were hit by quality losses in 2018 and 2019. Despite the recent rollout of the Quality Loss Assistance Program, the Montana Democrat says some producers were left out of the assistance package. Tester says QLA does not provide […]

Republican Senators Criticize Biden Action on Keystone XL Pipeline

Following the executive orders signed by President Joe Biden, a group of Republican Senators announced opposition to the halting of construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The effort was led by Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Republicans from Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Several other western senators are expected to sign on […]

Idaho Salmon Workgroup Expected To Release Recommendations This Month

The Idaho Salmon Workgroup, created by Governor Brad Little has wrapped up their work to address fish populations in the Northwest. Brian Brooks is not only a member of ISW, but he is also the executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation. He said the most crucial recommendation, removing four dams on the lower Snake […]

Forest Management Technology Celebrates 75 Years Of Innovation

The USA Forest Service National Technology and Developing program is celebrating 75 years of innovation. “Originally we were established to re-purpose military equipment and material after World War II and see if we could retrofit that equipment for wild land fire suppression purposes, noted Program Director, Alex Gavrisheff. He went on to say since 1945 […]

New Douglas Fir Tussock Moth Outbreak Reported In Northern Idaho

The Idaho Department of Lands says several new outbreaks of Douglas fir Tussock were reported across the north central portion of the state this summer. IDL said the new outbreaks were found in the Silver Valley along I-90 as well as the mountains east of Clarkia. Department officials say surveys found few egg masses and […]

Cover Crop Workshop Starts This Week

Producers and other connected to the Ag industry interested in learning more about cover crops, both what works and what does not in the Northwest, are invited to an on-line workshop series that starts Thursday. The Western Cover Crops Council, in partnership with the University of Idaho and Oregon State University will host regional workshops […]

Biden: Democrats Forgot Rural America

President-elect Joe Biden told the New York Times this week that Democrats “forgot” about rural America. However, in the same interview, he says that residents of rural America will “not be left behind.” Biden talked about the future efforts of Democrats to win the support of rural American residents and the 74 million people who […]

Canola Acreage Increasing Across the PNW

Canola acreage increased in all four states across the Northwest this year, led by a 24% increase in Washington. Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said as a rotational crop, canola has a couple of unique benefits. “Increased yield of the following wheat crop or barley crop, whichever you’re growing in […]