Sandison: COVID, Trade Issues Remain Into 2021

It may be a different year, but many of the problems that plagued the Washington Ag community remain. While a vaccine is being distributed, it will be sometime before coronavirus is not the most pressing issue on the minds of the Ag industry, and Americans in general. Derek Sandison, director of the Washington state Department […]

USDA: Farm Production Expenses Will Drop

The USDA said farm sector production expenses, including those associated with operator dwellings, are forecast to decrease by $4.6 billion to $344.2 billion in 2020 in nominal terms, which means not adjusted for inflation. That’s a 1.3% drop from the previous year. These expenses represent the costs of all inputs used to produce farm commodities […]

CBC Rolls Out New Ag Production Degree

On Wednesday, Columbia Basin College in Pasco announced the expansion of its agriculture program, by offering a new Associate in Applied Science in Ag Production degree. CBC Dean for Math, Science & Engineering Rod Taylor says the new degree will start this fall. “That includes three certificates that are embedded in it.  One for crop […]

U.S. Agriculture Reducing Per-unit GHG Emissions

A new analysis shows U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to reduce per-unit greenhouse gas emissions. Data from the EPA and USDA shows the agricultural sector accounts for less than 10% of total U.S. emissions. The EPA’s U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions report finds that per-unit methane emissions from livestock have declined since 1990 as […]

Addressing The Real Problem Of Food Waste

It’s a topic we’ve discussed quite a bit here on the Washington Ag Network, the problem of massive food waste in the United States. “Every year American consumers, businesses, and farms spend about 218 billion dollars a year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that’s never eaten,” said Dr. Tara McHugh, director of the […]

USDA Out With Diverse Family Farm Report

According to the most recent edition of the USDA’s America’s Diverse Family Farms report, 98% of U.S. farms are family farms, and they account for 87% of farm production.  USDA Researcher Chris Burns added small farms make up 89% of the total farm count, and operate half the farmland in the U.S.  Another finding from […]