Free Trade Coalition Wants Chinese Tariffs Removed

Americans for Free Trade, which includes the group Farmers for Free Trade, recently sent a letter to president-elect Joe Biden, asking him to remove the tariffs that President Trump placed on Chinese imports. “Finding a way to remove the tariffs while creating an effective new, multilaterally-supported approach to China trade issues would provide an immediate […]

Biden: Democrats Forgot Rural America

President-elect Joe Biden told the New York Times this week that Democrats “forgot” about rural America. However, in the same interview, he says that residents of rural America will “not be left behind.” Biden talked about the future efforts of Democrats to win the support of rural American residents and the 74 million people who […]

FCC Chair Pai to Step Down January 20

Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai will step down January 20, the day President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in. Pai was appointed to the commission in 2012 by President Barack Obama, and made chairman by President Donald Trump in 2017. Pai used his time at the FCC focusing on rural broadband issues, among other […]

Biden or Trump, What Does the Future Hold for Farmers?

Election day is finally here. While the results may be delayed, and there are signals of a messy outcome, for farmers and ranchers, one certainty is the likely reduction in federal direct payments. Experts seem to agree that the record direct payments to farmers this year is not a sustainable approach. Either candidate will likely […]

Stimulus Talks Remain Hopeful

Hopes a COVID-19 stimulus package can be completed before the November election are increasing. With President Trump and many staffers in the White House testing positive for the virus over the last week, Trump has indicated support for a new stimulus package. Trump stated via Twitter over the weekend, the nation “wants and needs” stimulus, […]

Judge Blocks BLM’s Pendley

On Friday, a federal judge ruled President Trump’s Bureau of Land Management acting director has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position. It’s the latest round of pushback against the administration’s practice of filling key positions without Senate approval. In his ruling last week, the U.S. District Court Judge said BLM acting […]

Newhouse Pleased With Second Round Of CFAP Funding

Last week, President Trump and the USDA announced a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program funding, providing an additional $14 billion for producers who continue to face disruptions associated with the pandemic. CFAP 2 will be available for producers of a host of Northwest commodities, including grapes and wine grapes, all classes of wheat, […]

Sign Up for CFAP 2 Starts Monday

Starting Monday, eligible producers can sign up for the latest round of the Coronavirus Food Program, better known as CFAP. “Starting next week my administration is committing additional relief to help farmers,” President Trump announced last week. CFAP 2 as it’s known will make an additional $14 billion dollars for producers facing market disruptions and […]

AFBF Hopes Farmers Use Tool Kit Before Voting

Ask the American Farm Bureau Federation, they’ll tell you the iFarmiVote election toolkit gives farmers and ranchers all the information they need before voting. Michael Sistak, AFBF Grassroots Program Development Director, said you can register to vote and find ballot information on-line. “The voter toolkit is provided to all Farm Bureau members and the public […]

EPA Proposes Streamlined Biotech Approvals for Crops

A recent EPA proposal would streamline the regulation of certain plant-incorporated protectants. The proposal allows biotech crops containing pesticide traits to be exempt from select regulations if they meet certain reporting requirements. Specifically, the EPA proposes exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for certain […]