Fazio: Ag Community Has Been Doing The Right Thing During The Pandemic

Saying “better late than never”, the Washington Farm Bureau and the Washington Farm Labor Association are breathing a sigh of relief, after Governor Jay Inslee, the State Department of Labor and the Health Department revised emergency housing rules for farmworkers. WAFLA Executive Director, Dan Fazio said removing the masking and social distancing requirements makes perfect […]

Tai Participates in Meeting with Asia Pacific Trade Partners

Over the weekend, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, met with Asia-Pacific trade ministers while also commenting on the U.S.-China trade relationship. Before the meeting, Tai said regarding trade with China, “It’s a relationship in trade that has been marked by significant imbalance — that is in terms of performance, but also in terms of opportunity […]

Crop Insurance Pays Out Premium Benefit for Cover Crops

Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the USDA if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program, offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency, helps farmers maintain their cover crop systems despite the financial challenges caused by COVID-19. “Cultivating cover […]

Washington Relaxes Some COVID Restrictions For Farm Workers

Late last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the state had relaxed some of the COVID-19 emergency rules for farm workers. One of the biggest changes means fully vaccinated farmworkers living in temporary housing no longer need to wear masks. The move came a week after the Washington Farm Labor Association and the state Farm […]

Price At The Pump: Kloza More Concerned About Behaviors Than Prices

As we start a new month, oil prices are continue to trade in the mid $60 per barrel range, but prices appear to be moving higher. In Monday’s action, West Texas Crude was trading at $67 per barrel. Tom Kloza with OPIS Pricing told CNBC this weekend while we saw higher fuel prices over the […]

Regional Farm Credit Conditions Improving

Further strengthening of the U.S. ag economy bolstered farm credit conditions in the first quarter of 2021. A Federal Reserve survey of agriculture credit conditions shows farm loan repayment rates continue to improve rapidly. After many years of growing financial stress and weakness in the ag economy, bankers reported that farm income was higher than […]

Stabenow Urges USDA to Implement Food and Ag Supply Chain Provisions

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow urges the Department of Agriculture to implement American Rescue Plan provisions to protect food and farm workers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Stabenow states the American Rescue Plan “included resources so that the people who power our food and ag supply chain are protected and have […]

Jekanowski: Meat Sector Needs To Refocus

As restaurants and other parts of the food service sector begin to operate somewhat normally again. And that goes for all products to some extent, noted USDA Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, not just beef. Rewind the clock to just before the pandemic, restaurants, schools, and hotels open for normal business and then “The supply […]