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 […]

North Carolina’s “Right to Farm” Act Upheld in Court of Appeals

A three-judge panel unanimously dismissed a challenge to the North Carolina “Right to Farm” Act. According to National Hog Farmer, the challenge was brought by the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, North Carolina Environmental Justice Community Action Network, and Waterkeeper Alliance in 2019. The ruling was similar to a decision made earlier this year […]

Christmas Tree Expert Don’t Wait To Buy Your Real Tree

With the holidays getting underway next month, the word from Christmas tree growers is that there should be enough real Christmas trees for everybody who wants one. But, Chal Landgren, Oregon State University Christmas tree expert, says there probably won’t be a surplus this year, at least in the Pacific Northwest. He added consumers should […]

Bullock Takes Over At Washington FFA

Jason Bullock, the new Executive Director of the Washington FFA, took over the organization during a unique time, between the country facing the coronavirus pandemic, and personally, while he was working on wrapping up his doctoral degree. Despite those challenges, the North Carolina native said his passion for FFA drew him out to the Northwest. […]

Growth Energy Launches New Consumer Campaign

Last week, Growth Energy launched a new consumer campaign to encourage drivers to choose biofuels. During the organization’s 12th Annual Executive Leadership Conference, Growth Energy announced the effort that seeks to raise awareness about biofuels’ positive environmental benefits. Through a series of targeted digital content, advertising, and digital media, the Get Biofuel campaign aligns biofuel benefits […]

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 […]

USDA Announces Third Round of Food Box Program

The USDA announced this week it is moving forward with a third round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. “We’re on our third traunch beginning here the first of August there. We’ve done two; one was in May and June, the other was June and July and now we’ll do one through really […]

House Ag Committee Celebrates 200 Years

It’s been 200 years since the House Agriculture Committee was established. Back on April 29, 1820, Congressman Lewis Williams of North Carolina introduced a House resolution to create a committee to oversee the agricultural sector of the economy. The full House approved the resolution to formally establish the Committee a few days later on May […]

Organic Production Continues To Grow Nationwide

Organic agriculture continues to grow nationwide. “California, as you would expect, is still the big, big state,” said Catherine Greene with USDA’s Economic Research Service. “That’s where we grow most of our conventional fruits and vegetables and that’s where we grow most of our organic fruits and vegetables.” Greene recently spoke at the annual Agricultural […]

Tougher Trade “Firewall” Needed for Smaller Ag Sectors

Senators Gary Peters of Michigan and Richard Burr of North Carolina are working on bipartisan legislation to give the U.S Commerce Department a greater ability to defend smaller segments of agriculture.  According to Politico the bill would give Commerce greater authority to “self-Initiate investigations” to help those less influential sectors combat potential trade manipulation. Peters […]