How Could Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Benefit Ag

President Biden says his infrastructure plan will focus on repairing, replacing, upgrading the country’s roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways. “It makes it easier and more efficient to move good, and to make us more competitive around the world.  And this transportation investment critically important.” Especially for the nation’s farm and food industry, according to […]

Railroads Combine to Form First “USMCA Rail Network”

Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern have come together in a merger agreement worth approximately $29 billion. The transaction has the unanimous support of both boards of directors. Following final approval from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, the transaction will form two railroads that create the first rail network connecting the U.S., Mexico, and […]

Simpson: Farmers Will Be OK If Dams Are Breached

Removing the four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington has been a controversial topic for the Northwest farming community for over a generation. Supporters of removing the dams say it will help the environment and specifically salmon runs as they return upstream to spawn. Meanwhile, many in the Ag community say breaching the dams […]

Democrats Seek Climate Change Considerations in Transportation Policy

A group of Congressional Democrats is urging the Transportation Department to prioritize consideration of climate change in transportation policy. In a request to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the group says, “we cannot make progress toward emissions reductions without a program to measure and report on performance.” Led by Senator Ben Cardin, of Maryland, and Representative […]

Cantwell Introduces Legislation Focused On Transportation Employee Safety

On Monday, Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation introduced the Essential Transportation Employee Safety Act of 2021. Supporters of the Act say it will increase workplace safety of essential transportation workers. Cantwell, said this legislation will not only help rural Americans by promoting COVID-19 safety for truck […]

Washington Lawmakers Look To Increase Gas Tax

The Democrat majority in Washington has introduced legislation that could increase the state gas tax, making it the highest in the country at 67.4 cents a gallon. The proposal calls for an 18-cent increase a gallon in the state’s gas tax, increasing the price by 10 cents a gallon this year and another eight cents […]

Farming A Primary Focus Of Little’s State Of The State

During his State of the State address January 11th, Idaho Governor Brad Little addresses several issues key to the state’s farming community. He said his “Building Idaho’s Future” plan will invest in in needed agriculture and water infrastructure projects, which he said would aid in the economic vitality of rural Idaho. “Agriculture, and our economic […]

AMS Stresses Importance Of U.S. Highway System

Ever heard the terms, “high volume,” or “high value,” domestic agriculture highways? “We were able to identify the 17 different we call them, high value agricultural highways. They account for more than 80% of all agricultural tonnage by truck movement.” Adam Sparger of the Agricultural Marketing Service said that’s one of the main findings of […]

Food Exporters Unhappy with China Clampdown on Imports

China’s General Administration on Customs is asking some exporters to sign forms guaranteeing their products are free from COVID-19 contamination. Politico said that’s not sitting well with many U.S. food producers, who say they’re hesitant to sign off on the new safety protocols when they say it’s highly unlikely their food can even carry the […]

Inslee Offers Proclamation Clarification

On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee offered clarification on his farm worker protection requirements via Proclamation 20-57. Those points including clarification on an isolation plan for farm worker housing, which the Governor said may refer in whole or in part to the regional isolation center nearest the housing site.  Tuesday’s announcement added workers are free to […]