Newhouse: Despite Challenges, Perdue Did A Good Job As USDA Head

As the Trump Administration prepares to exit Washington D.C., that means Sonny Perdue’s time as the Ag Secretary is coming to a close. Dan Newhouse Chairman of the congressional Western Caucus, said the past four years were challenging for farm country, and he felt Perdue did a good job listening to the concerns of everyday […]

CoBank: 2021 Year Ahead Report on U.S. Rural Economy

The speed of the economic recovery will largely hinge on the availability, dissemination, and reach of COVID-19 vaccines, pushing a pent-up consumer demand to later in 2021. That’s according to a comprehensive year-ahead outlook report just issued from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. “The coming year will be a recovery year for most Americans and the […]

WSDA Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

The Washington State Department of Agriculture received $4.65 million in federal Specialty Crop Block Grant funds in 2020. Project Manager Leisa Schumaker said the funds are made available as part of the Farm Bill to increase the competitiveness and demand of Washington’s specialty crops. “So there’s a lot of ways that they do this such […]

USDA: CFAP Applications Due Friday

Many specialty crops are grown here in the Northwest. And if you’re a specialty crop producer, and think your crop is not eligible for CFAP payments, you might want to check again.  “There are more than 130 speciality crops there are eligible for the program,” said AMS Administrators Bruce Summers. “The list starts with alfalfa […]

Newhouse: We Continue To Work To Include Ag In Future Stimulus Bills

It’s expected that Congress will take up the issue of another round of COVID-19 stimulus assistance later this month, but will agriculture receive any assistance? Discussions around another round of assistance look at the most urgent needs across the country, what some have called a “skinny bill”, which at this point does not appear to […]

USDA Offering Wednesday Webinar To Answer CFAP Questions

The USDA recently expanded eligibility to include more commodities in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, better known as CFAP. And in an effort to help producers navigate the needed paperwork, USDA is working to engage and answer questions proactively. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Shelby Myers says some of the biggest additions by USDA come […]

Schrier Pushes USDA To Help Washington’s Specialty Crop Industry

On Monday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier, spoke with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach, asking that the needs of Washington’s farmers and farm families be addressed during the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Following the call, Schrier sent a letter to USDA, asking the department to consider the unique needs of Northwest specialty crop growers. “I appreciated the opportunity to […]

Newhouse Calling For Help For Specialty Crop Producers

As the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus, Dan Newhouse and others are calling on the USDA to help specialty crop producers. Newhouse was joined by fellow Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, as well as Democrats Jimmy Panetta of California and Henry Cuellar of Texas, writing a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue calling […]

USDA Invests $11M in Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Thursday announced $11 million in research funds for specialty crop farmers.  The USDA says the funding will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems “that often are otherwise not available to specialty crop farmers.”   The investment is made through the Minor Crop Pest Management […]