Oregon Farm Bureau Files Formal Petition To OSHA

On Monday, the Oregon Farm Bureau filed a formal petition to Oregon-OSHA on behalf of farm housing providers. The petition said the Ag industry seeks common-sense solutions to farm labor housing protections during COVID-19. Samantha Bayer, OFB Policy Counsel, said this is not the first time the farming community tried to work with the state […]

COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

According to a new American Farm Bureau Federation poll, a majority of farmers and farm workers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health. The results found more than half of respondents say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. The survey of rural adults and farmers […]

Ellis: 2020 Turned Out To Be A Solid Year For Many Idaho Farmers

Despite the pandemic, the disruption to supply chains, struggles with trade as well as everything else 2020 threw at the American farmer, the past year was a fairy good one for Idaho farmers. Sean Ellis with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation said while the situation looked dire for potatoes and milk early on, both commodities […]

Larew: Post Pandemic Success Will Take Everyone In The Farming Community

Ask Rob Larew, President of the National Farmers Union, and he’ll tell you farmers face a variety of challenges on a good day. From weather, to trade, to politics, there are issues today’s farmers needs to face head on and overcome. Add on top of that, a global pandemic that greatly hurt the supply chain, […]

USDA Expects Additional Food Price Hikes

According to the latest numbers from the USDA, the average American spent about 3.5% more on food at the grocery store compared to what was spent in 2019; the biggest year-over-year jump reported in a decade. A lot of those price spikes came early in the year brought on by disruptions in the supply chain […]

Washington Farm Economy Showing Signs Of Improvement

It appears that the Washington farm economy may be in a better place many anticipated, or feared, when the pandemic broke out back in March. Doug Seto with Central Machinery Sales in Pasco said the last couple of months have been very encouraging. “A lot better than what we anticipated back in March at the […]

Scientists want Tax on Meat, Livestock for Pandemic Prevention

Lawmakers should consider putting taxes on livestock production and meat consumption to reduce the risk of future deadly pandemics. That is the conclusion of a group of international experts called the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which has more than 130 member states. The group published a study last month calling for […]

Hennings: Wheat Growers Happy With CFAP Funding, But Need Market Change

When the second round of CFAP funding was announced, many northwest producers were relieved, including wheat growers. Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, said the industry was very disappointed if the first round of CFAP assistance which limited which varieties would be covered. But under CFAP2, all varieties of wheat […]

FMI Special Midyear Report Outlines Increased Grocery Purchases

FMI, the Food Industry Association, recently released a special mid-year report on meat sales in grocery stores. The report takes a fresh look at what was happening in the meat industry from the shopper’s perspective amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, shoppers quickly started stocking up on all types […]

Coronavirus’ Impact On Healthcare In Rural America

What is one thing the pandemic has affected in rural America? “What we know is that some of these communities already face challenges with healthcare,” said Jim Carroll Director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Both access to good treatment but also such things as getting there, the transportation concerns and […]