Decrease In NW Potatoes Reported In 2020

According to NASS, the northwest potato industry reported smaller numbers last year. Potatoes planted in Idaho totaled 300,000 acres, down 3% from 2019. Harvested area came in at 299,500 acres, down 3% from last year. Production totaled 135 million cwt, up 3% from 2019. Yield is estimated at 450 cwt per acre, up 25 cwt […]

WSU, Potato Industry Create Soil Health Chair

Backed by a more than $3 million fund created by potato growers, processors and suppliers, Washington State University recently created a new Distinguished Endowed Chair that will focus on Soil Health for Potato Cropping Systems. The primary focus of the position launched late last year will be studying not only the health of soil, but […]

Northwest Receives $6.5M For Pest Detection

The USDA announced Tuesday the Northwest will receive roughly $6.5 million for pest detection and surveillance. Washington was awarded $3.5 million, Idaho will see nearly $1.6 million while Oregon will receive $1.4 million for efforts to safeguard the U.S nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing more than $70 million in funding this year to […]

Second Year of Potato Virus Y Research Starts At OSU

Oregon State University has started its second year of on a couple of important research projects focused on Potato Virus Y. Associate Professor Aymeric Goyer said the first project began looking at four different genes that researchers hypothesized could help to determine a plant’s susceptibility to PVY. “So these experiments were done in a greenhouse […]

NFU: More Needs To Be Done This Holiday Season To Help Farmers

According to National Farmers Union’s most recent “The Farmer’s Share”, for every dollar Americans spend on their Thanksgiving dinner this year, farmers and ranchers will earn approximately 11.9 cents. That marks a slight year-over-year decline, when farmers made roughly 12.15 cents of the Thanksgiving food dollar. Rob Larew, President of the NFU, said between those low prices […]

Pivoting For Idaho Potato Industry Not Over, Muir Says

When the pandemic started to impact the U.S. and global economies, one of the commodities that felt the brunt of the economic impact first was the potato industry. With restaurants and schools closed across the globe, demand plummeted, meaning many contracts went up in smoke. The Idaho Potato industry, like many others, worked around the […]

Perry: Row Crops Look To Enjoy Profits Despite COVID-19 Disruptions

Day Four of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot, and area row crops take center stage.  Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said the 12-month outlook suggests break-even to slightly profitable onion returns. “Onion size and quality are favorable. Yet, producer returns remain sensitive to restaurants reopening.” When it comes to potatoes, Perry […]

Idaho Ag Production Up 6% To $8.25B

The value of Idaho agricultural production in 2019 hit $8.25 Billion, up 6% year over year. The rankings of the top nine commodities remained unchanged from 2018. Coming in at $2.86 billion milk remains the leading agricultural commodity in the state. Not only did that value jumped 20% from 2018’s numbers, last year was the […]

McCain To Restart Construction Of Othello Expansion

After being paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, work on the McCain Foods expansion project in Othello is set to resume in early October. On Tuesday, the frozen food company announced it would restart construction of its 170,000 square foot expansion of its potato processing facility. Company officials said the $300 million investment will significantly […]

Newhouse: CFAP2 Funds Critical For Future Of Ag Industry

Many Northwest producers will benefit from the expanded CFAP funding, CFAP 2. The additional $14 billion, according to the USDA, will help producers who continue to face disruptions and associated costs due to the pandemic. While some have questioned the price tag, Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse says it’s critical to ensure producers are fiscally […]