Despite Pandemic, Trade Front Remains Active For America Farmers

As 2020 draws to a close, the United States is busy working to improve things on the trade front for American farmers. There was a lot of talk in farm county this year about China, and what the country said it would buy, and what it was actually buying. Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional […]

USDA: Prices Index Up In September

Friday’s USDA Ag report shows the prices received by farmers nationwide increased for nearly every commodity in September. And as Gary Crawford explains that pushed the September Price Index Up 0.9% from August’s numbers, and roughly 1% higher than September a year ago. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call […]

Organic Sales Continue To Increase, All NW States In Top Ten

According to numbers from the recent Organic Survey released by the USDA, sales of certified organic commodities increased 31% increase between 2016 and 2019. Livestock and poultry products, primarily milk and eggs, continue to be the top revenue generator, but only increased by only 12% during that three year time period. Crops increased by 38% […]

USDA Outlook Forecasts Increased Exports

U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2021 are projected at $140.5 billion, up $5.5 billion from previous estimates. Earlier this week the Department of Agriculture released its Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report. The report says the increase is primarily driven by higher exports of soybeans and corn. Soybean exports are forecast up $4.2 billion […]

USDA Announces Public Meeting on Salmonella: State of the Science

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will host a virtual public meeting on Salmonella next month. Federal agencies included in the meeting will discuss the commitment to reduce pathogen contamination to decrease salmonella infections associated with regulated food items. The week before the public meeting, USDA’s Office of Food Safety will release the “Roadmap […]

Virtual Sustainable Agriculture Summit Announced

The Sustainable Ag Summit partners announced the virtual event this week planned for November. Scheduled for November 18th and 19th, the event is hosted jointly by six agricultural organizations and convenes leaders from across the agricultural value chain to create a sustainability event for production agriculture. Partners of the event include the National Pork Board, […]

USDA Predicts Better Days For Meat Producers

U.S red meat and poultry production is already starting to recover from the problems associated with the coronavirus pandemic. And as Gary Crawford explains, a new USDA forecast says that recovery will take 2021’s output above 2019’s pre-coronavirus numbers. Speaking of increases, USDA says prices for steers, hogs, broilers will likely be higher in 2021. […]

Meatpacking Rebounds, But Meat Prices Will Likely Remain High

Meat production continues to rebound in the United States from its low point when dozens of plants were closed because of COVID-19. However, industry experts said consumer prices are likely going to stay higher than they’re used to, plus it will take months to work through a backlog of millions of pigs and cattle that […]

USDA: Despite Pandemic, Milk, Meat, Poultry Exports Remain Strong

U.S. exports of livestock products, such as milk, meat, and poultry remain very strong, and could end this fiscal year well ahead of 2019. This from USDA’s new Outlook. USDA’s Chief economist, , Rob Johansson, said unlike some of the bulks crop items, analysts have not really had to reduce their export forecasts for meat, […]

USDA Expects Better Days Ahead For Meat Industry

Things in the beef, pork, and broiler sectors may look bleak at the moment, however, as USDA Outlook Chairman, Mark Jekanowski put it, “Many of these supply chain challenges are going to be resolved in the weeks and months ahead. However, the USDA Outlook Chairman added. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be […]