Ag Economy Barometer Mostly Unchanged from April

The April Ag Economy Barometer was 178, virtually unchanged from a month earlier. Last month, the index stood at 177, and just five points below its all-time high of 183 set back in October. Compared to March, however, there was a small change in producers’ perspective on the ag economy as they became more optimistic […]

NCBA Stands Ready to Fight for Sound Tax Policy

In his American Families Plan, President Biden targets several provisions of the tax code to raise approximately $1.5 trillion in revenue over the next ten years. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said those provisions must not burden the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Biden’s plan would repeal the deferral of gain for real estate, like-kind exchanges […]

Kind Pushes For Change To PPP Rule

A rule change advocated by Representative Ron Kind allows rural states a larger share of the Paycheck Protection Program. The Wisconsin Democrat said the Paycheck Protection Program has been a lifeline for farmers and small businesses, but too many were getting left behind. “I worked hard to make sure that our family farmers also qualified […]

Beef Counts Celebrates 10 Years Of Helping Washingtonians In Need

It’s been ten years since Washington’s beef community began Beef Counts, the beef community’s effort to help fight hunger across the Pacific Northwest. Branden Spencer, a 4th-generation farmers in the Ritzville area said it’s important that Washingtonians see that those who work in the beef supply chain want to help their neighbors in their time […]

Dent Recognized Nationally For Work To Help Farmers, Ranchers, Pesticide Industry

In September, CropLife America recognized Moses Lake Representative Tom Dent with its State Leadership Award for his “support of farmers, ranchers and the pesticide industry” The Central Washington Republican said the national honor was humbling and completely caught him off guard. “She explained the award to me and then we hung up and I gave […]

IFBF Throws Support For Consumers To Purchase Meat From Ranchers

During the 81st annual meeting in early December, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation voiced support for several proposals looking to make it easier consumers to purchase meat directly from ranchers across the state. Lori Anne Lau President of Caribou County Farm Bureau, said one proposal that received traction encourages the state to develop a meat […]

Larew: More Needs To Be Done To Help Cattle Industry, Prevent Supply Chain Issues

Food supply chain disruptions and how to reduce them in future as well as disease outbreaks were front-and-center recently at the House Small Business Committee. One of the farm leaders with suggestions was National Farmers Union chief Rob Larew. He told the panel last week that the pandemic has shown the food system needs structural […]

Kretz Pushing WDFW To Prioritize Radio Collars

What’s to be done about the growing wolf population in Washington, and the growing number of depredations attributed to those wolves?   Northeast Washington representative Joel Kretz, says for producers to protect their livelihood and their income, they need to know where the wolves are.  That’s why the Wauconda Republican introduced House Bill 2906, which […]

2020 Offers Fewer Tax Burdens for Farmers, Ranchers

The New Year brings less of a tax burden for farmers and ranchers when it comes to health insurance, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.   In spending bills passed by Congress before the holiday break, lawmakers included a permanent repeal of the Health Insurance Tax, which was enacted as part of the Affordable […]