NIFA To Study COVID-19 & Agriculture

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, better known as NIFA, is looking at four areas in a new program to research the impact of COVID-19 on agriculture. “These will be health, well-being of farm and food service providers as all rural Americans,” said J. Scott Angle, NIFA director. “Second one would be the health […]

Parrella: University of Idaho Working To Maintain Normalcy During Pandemic

The University of Idaho, like other colleges across the U.S. moved classes on-line for the spring semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Parrella, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said as a land grant school, moving classes and labs into the virtual world was challenging. He said despite any challenges his […]

UI Announces Endowed Potato Research Professorship

In an effort to improve potato storage technology, the University of Idaho will benefit from a $1 million investment to create an endowed research professorship made possible by alumni Wayne and Peggy Thiessen and the Idaho Potato Commission. The Wayne Thiessen Potato Research Professorship will honor Wayne’s career in Idaho’s potato industry and the Thiessens’ longtime […]

Research Funding A Priority During NAFA 2020 Fly In

Alfalfa farmers were in Washington, DC, for the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance’s DC Fly-In to stress to lawmakers the importance of research funding and crop insurance.  As a non-program crop, alfalfa farmers aren’t afforded the opportunity to take advantage of safety net programs provided in the Farm Bill.  Instead, alfalfa farmers would like their […]

Canola Workshops, Meeting Scheduled For This Week

The Pacific Northwest Canola Association will host a series for meeting and workshops to help growers, or those interested in growing the commodity.   The first workshop will take place Tuesday in Wilbur, WA, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The second will take place Thursday, again from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in […]

Washington/Oregon Potato Conference Kicks Off Tuesday

The 2020 Washington/Oregon Potato Conference gets underway at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick Tuesday.  Chris Voigt, Executive Director for the Washington state Potato Commission said, as in years past production will be the main focus.   “How do we grow more food using fewer resources, how do we control different pests and diseases?  […]

Land Grants Give Back To Ag In More Ways Than You May Think

Farmers may not be familiar with the Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture by its name.  But as director Scott Angle points out,  that most relate to this industry on a local or regional level.   “It’s the primary extramural funding agency for agricultural research teaching extension,” Angle said.  “So they’re land grant […]

The Diet Of A Bee May Be More Complex Than Originally Thought

Are bees omnivores, eating both plants and proteins?  A USDA researcher says a bee’s diet is more than pollen and nectar, also containing fungi, bacteria and other microbes with amino acids; the building blocks of proteins.   “What we’ve done is establish that bees eat lots of microbe-derived proteins in their fermenting pollen provision. Most […]

Wave Minute: Wine Sensory

Washington State University’s Carolyn Ross talks about the latest research when it comes to wine sensory.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]