Focus On Fruit for 12/02/21

Finding needed labor in 2021 was challenging for a variety of reason. The Washington state Tree Fruit Assocation’s Jon DeVaney talks about the biggest struggles farmers faced over the past year. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Low October Wholesale Egg Prices Reported in Advance of 2021 Holiday Season

Demand for table eggs tends to increase when holiday gatherings and cold weather encourage home baking and cooking. In accordance, wholesale table egg prices, the prices retailers pay to producers for eggs, tend to increase ahead of holidays. Leading up to the 2021 holiday season, however, wholesale prices of table eggs in the United States […]

Waiver From Trucking Federal Rule Expanded

The Ag Community thanked the Biden administration this week for extending to February 28th the waiver for commercial truckers from the federal Hours of Service regulation. The rule limits truckers to 11 hours of driving time and 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time in any 24-hour period and requires prescribed rest periods. At the start […]

FY21 A Good One For Ag Exports

The USDA now has all of the trade numbers from Fiscal Year 2021. As the books closed at the end of September, numbers showed the U.S. exported just over $172 billion worth of Ag products. That’s $32.5 billion more than in 2020. “A good increase and far and away a record,” noted USDA economist and […]

Farm Households Received Estimated $2,100 From Economic Impact Payments

In 2020, U.S. family farm households received $4.3 billion in federal assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic from Economic Impact Payments. Earlier this week, researchers at USDA’s Economic Research Service estimated average was $924, $2,408, and $2,466 for single, head of household, and joint filers, respectively. The disparity partly reflects the lower income thresholds for single […]

Idaho Farmers Set Net Farm Income Record In 2020

2020 was a record year for Idaho farmers when it comes to net farm income. Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s Sean Ellis said the numbers wouldn’t normally indicate a record year, as total expenses went up considerably last year while total farm gate revenue stayed the same. “In an average year, Idaho farmers will get somewhere […]

Voigt: Better Days Are Ahead For Potato Growers

Could there be a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel? While Chris Voigt, executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission isn’t sure if the end of the pandemic is drawing near, he is confident that the future looks great for growers. “We are definitely going to get back to pre-pandemic levels, we’re […]

Mulroney: Producers Stepping Away Is Not Good For Idaho, Industry

The past couple of years have been very challenging for cattle producers across the Northwest. This year, it was record heat and drought. Last year, it was the pandemic and supply chain shutdowns. And before that, a lack of hook space and several other issues between producers and the packers. And because of that, producers […]

Epidemiologist: Rural Communities Continue To Get Hit Hard By COVID

In September, rural counties across the country reported a higher number of COVID-19 cases compared to their urban and suburban counterparts. As farmers and ranchers are busy this fall, they don’t exactly have time to be sick, there’s crops to harvest, livestock to care for and community events—all equally important to rural communities. Dr. Neil […]

USDA Provides $1.8 Billion to Offset Market Fluctuations

The Department of Agriculture is in the process of issuing $1.8 billion in payments to agricultural producers. The funds are for farmers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2020 crop year. The payments provide support to help mitigate fluctuations in either revenue or prices for certain crops. These two […]