Value of Idaho Ag Up 4% In 2020

According to NASS, the value of agricultural production in Idaho hit $8.4 billion in 2020, up 4% year over year; the value of Idaho’s crop production in 2020 was $3.61 billion, up 8% from 2019. The value of livestock production in 2020 totaled $4.79 billion, up less than 1% from the previous year. The rankings […]

Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Perry: PNW Row Crops In Good Shape

As we start our third installment of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series, we turn our attention to local row crops. “Slightly profitable returns are expected for contract potato producers. Uncontracted potato producers will benefit from higher prices as modestly lower yields are realized,” said Bill Perry is Vice President at NWFCS. […]

U.S. Potato Sales Strong in Marketing Year 2020-2021

Potato sales at the foodservice level fluctuated while retail purchases remained strong between June 2020 and July 2021. USA Potatoes recently conducted an annual sales and utilization study that showed an overall decline in potato use for the July 2020 – June 2021 marketing year. The decrease was because of an 8% decline in sales […]

Value Of PNW Potatoes Over $1.8B

According to NASS, the combined value of Idaho, Oregon and Washington potatoes sold in 2020 hit $1.82 billion. When it comes to the value of the Idaho crop, that figure in 2020 topped out at $912 million, down 5% year over year. The marketing year average price for potatoes in Idaho was $7.28 per cwt, […]

Muir: Idaho Potato Growers Still Trying To Adapt To The New Normal

While much of the attention of the 2021 growing season has been on the drought and record heat of this summer, the Idaho Potato Commission is still trying to adjust to the problems left behind by 2020. Frank Muir, Executive Director of the Idaho Potato Commission said while some progress is being made to regain […]

Voigt: Impact Of Extreme Heat on 2021 Crop Still Unknown

The heat of the summer, at least the most extreme temperatures, may be weeks behind us, but its impact on the Washington potato crop remains up in the air. Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission said while he expects the heat will negatively impact yields, other impacts remain unknown. “It can […]

Crowder Highlights How DAS Can Trim Production Costs

In an effort to help tree fruit growers save on their operating costs, 15 years ago Washington state University rolled out the Decision Aid System. And in that time, the digital Ag tool has become a platform for tree fruit growers, and now potato growers, to stay up to date on real-time weather, disease pressures […]

Groups Want Biden to Restart Trade Talks with China

Some of the most influential business groups in America want the White House to restart trade talks with China. According to the New York Times the groups also want tariffs cut on goods imported from China. Those duties have been in place since the beginning of a trade war between the two nations. The groups […]

Ag Economist Concerned Drought May Already Be Impacting 2022

The drought is negatively impacting commodities across the Pacific Northwest, and the western U.S., making 2021 a less than average year for many producers. But one regional Ag economist is concerned additional challenges lie ahead. The University of Idaho’s Garth Taylor said this year’s drought is very frustrating for farm country, since the winter produced […]