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 Recalling Pork Products

Chicago-Based Evans Food Group is recalling approximately 10,359 pounds of pork pellet products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States. The pork pellet products were imported on September 15th and further processed into pork rind and chicharrones items. These items were shipped to retail locations in Washington, Arizona, California, Nevada, New […]

Vilsack: Infrastructure Bill Critical For Rural America

As lawmakers continue debate on a comprehensive infrastructure bill, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, said significantly improving our nation’s  infrastructure is crucial to rural America and it’s economic development. Case in point, a rural New Mexico waste water treatment plant Vilsack recently visited. “In a facility that was 23 years old, operating on a hope and […]

Over 1,000 Counties Approved for Emergency Haying and Grazing on CRP Acres

More than 1,000 counties are eligible for emergency Conservation Reserve Program haying and grazing. The most recently published list of counties with permitted haying and grazing on CRP land, which was released Thursday 06/24/21, includes 1,021 counties, or 32% of counties nationwide. Primarily located in the West, 860 of those counties have been designated in […]

Western Drought Continues To Intensify

Despite an overall decline in drought conditions across the continental United States over the past month, drought conditions intensified across much of the west. “As we move in to the month of June we continue to see at least two thirds coverage of the two highest drought areas D3 to D4 or extreme to exceptional […]

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 […]

Democrat Bill Would Ban Pesticides to Protect Farm Workers

Legislation introduced by two Democratic lawmakers would ban chlorpyrifos and other pesticides that cause concern among farmworker groups due to negative health effects. The bill from Tom Udall of New Mexico and Joe Neguse of Colorado would ban organophosphates. According to TheHill.com that’s a group of pesticides that attack the nervous system and that research […]

Western U.S. Continues To Report Some Of The Dries Soil Conditions

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said topsoils nationwide are still trying to recover from late spring and early summer dryness. He noted only a handful of states have reported notable improvement. “Lead by North Dakota and Minnesota both at 18% surplus. The bigger storage continues to be pockets of dryness particularly across the western half of […]

National Pasture Land Remains In Good Shape

It really should come as no surprise we saw some net drying nationwide when it comes to pasture conditions. Taking a look at the latest numbers, 49% of the pasture and rangeland nationwide is rated good to excellent, that’s down two points in the past week. Meanwhile, those fields rated very poor to poor increased […]

National Pasture Lands In Good Shape

With the pace of cattle slaughter slower than normal and an estimated 3% more cattle outside feed lots than a year ago pasture conditions will likely be a factor in the timing of when cattle do to feedlots. So how are pastures faring across the country? USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says the most recent numbers […]