Spokane Ag Show Goes On-Line

One of the largest Ag and trade shows across the Northwest will be on-line this year. The Spokane Ag Show will launch their virtual show Tuesday through Thursday. Spokane Ag Show Director Melisa Paul said they will continue to host professional seminars related to agribusiness, helping everyone across the northwest, from large-scale operations to small […]

Seto: Electronics Innovation Will Remain Priority Into New Year, Beyond

When it comes to the latest technology for farm equipment into 2021, Doug Seto with Central Machinery Sales in Pasco, said electronics development and expansion will remain a priority. He said for Case IH, new electronics on implements in the coming year will turn many heads. “What they call field command, which allows the tractor […]

Washington Dairies And EPA Square Off In Court

After last months’ ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, denying an EPA motion to dismiss the case, the Washington state Dairy Federation and EPA are bound for federal court over a 2012-13 study regarding groundwater contamination in the lower Yakima Valley. The EPA report said dairies near Sunnyside and Granger polluted the area […]

2020 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention Canceled

The coronavirus pandemic continues to leave its mark on Northwest Ag. The wheat growers from Washington, Oregon and Idaho announced Tuesday the cancelation of the 2020 Tri-State grain growers convention in Coeur d’Alene. Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, says there were two key issues leaders considered before announcing the […]

Additional Washington Fairs Canceled For 2020

More and more Washington fairs are canceling their 2020 events because of the coronavirus. The Spokane Interstate Fair, the NE Washington Fair in Colville, the North Central Washington Fair in Waterville announced Wednesday all events have been canceled for this year. But on-line, or virtual fairs, may be implemented as replacements. And Thursday morning, the […]

Junior Livestock Show Moves On-Line

Because of the ongoing response to the coronavirus and the closure of the Spokane County Fairgrounds, the 85th annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane is going on-line. The show was scheduled for May 5th through the 9th, but because of health concerns, the non-profit origination is moving to a virtual show. The accompanying market sales […]

Draft Report Rejects The Idea Of Removing The Snake River Dams

Saying it would destabilize the power grid and increase overall greenhouse emissions, the long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River. The report said Hydropower generation would decrease by 1,100 average megawatts under average water conditions, and 730 average megawatts under low water conditions. The risk […]

NWFCS Announces Dividend Payout

Northwest Farm Credit Services will pay out dividends to customer-members later this month.  The Spokane-based Credit Union announced last week that $145 million in dividends, or 1.25% of eligible average daily loan balances, will be paid out across the Northwest.  Payments are expected to start in the middle portion of this month.   “We’re pleased […]

Remote Testimony Important Resource For Rural Washington, Says Mercier

After years of experimentation and a pilot program, the Washington senate now allows remote testimony on key pieces of legislation.  Remote testimony allows constituents to coordinate with a local community college to offer feedback on proposed legislation, rather than making the trip to Olympia, which can be challenging during the winter months.  Jason Mercier with […]

NWFCS Reports Year-Over-Year Quarter Earnings

Northwest Farm Credit Services, announced Monday 2019 third quarter earnings of $73.4 million, which is off from the $76.0 million reported during the same quarter of 2018.  NWFCS Total capital increased 4.1% during the first nine months of the year to $2.6 billion.   “Our financial performance in 2019 remains strong and on track with […]