Consumer Demand for Lamb Protein Keeps Rising

Consumer demand for lamb increased considerably during 2020. While all meat sales grew during the year as more meals were eaten at home, lamb sales grew at a larger percentage than total meat sales overall. That’s according to the U.S. Retail Sales report commissioned by the American Lamb Board. First-quarter sales in 2020 increased by […]

More Farmers Join Discrimination Suit Against USDA

Farmers from Minnesota and North Dakota recently joined a discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture. The group behind the lawsuit alleges a USDA COVID-19 relief program for socially disadvantaged farmers discriminates based on race. A lead attorney for the case filed in North Dakota tells the Grand Forks Herald, “Their concern is the inequality […]

UN Report: Pandemic Year Marked by Spike in World Hunger

A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization shows a dramatic worsening of world hunger in 2020. While the pandemic’s impact has yet to be fully mapped, the multi-agency report estimates that around a tenth of the global population – up to 811 million people – were undernourished last year. The number […]

USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance from the USDA. The assistance, announced Tuesday, covers the losses and costs of depopulation and disposal of animals. The Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The Consolidated Appropriations […]

School Nutrition Survey: Challenges Persists into New School Year

A new survey of 1,300 school meal program directors reveals serious financial and operational challenges for the upcoming school year. The School Nutrition Association’s Back to School 2021 Survey also revealed grave concerns regarding the impact of future sodium regulations. The survey found 97% of meal program directors are concerned about continued pandemic supply chain […]

Shipping Costs Adding to Food Inflation

The rally in crop prices over the last 12 months, combined with increased shipping costs, is fueling inflation of food prices. According to Reuters, costs of shipping bulk grains from production regions in the U.S. to global users have roughly doubled from last year. Shippers cite rising fuel costs, tighter supplies of shipping vessels and […]

Drought Having An Impact On Idaho Hay Producers

The drought across the Northwest has been brewing for some time, with much of the region not seeing a large precipitation event since March. And with soil moisture levels so low to start July, it could be a long summer for many growers, such as Idaho hay producers. Will Ricks, President of the Idaho Hay […]

WSDA Rolls Out COVID19 Relief Grants To Small Businesses Statewide

In an effort to help the farming community negatively impacted by the pandemic, the Washington State Department of Agriculture recently announced it has awarded more than $14.2 million in COVID-19 relief grants to small businesses across the state. The WSDA’s Amber Betts said the recovery grants are for businesses that may have not qualified for […]