Oil Prices Move Higher As Investors Feel More Confident

Uncertainty has been the name of the game for 2020, and that’s pushed oil prices lower. But the future has become a little more certain over the past couple of weeks with the Presidential election done, and the hope of a COVID-19 vaccination on the horizon. Now, many investors are feeling better about what tomorrow […]

While The Northwest Is Dry, Winter Wheat Conditions Look Good Nationally

Drought continues to impact the winter wheat crop here in the Northwest.But for the most part, the crop, nationally looks good.USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Overall, 46% of the winter wheat rated good to excellent,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “That is up a point from last week. 18% very poor to poor that is also […]

NW Growers Perform Well In National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation’s is out with the winners of the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest, and the Northwest faired very well this year. This year’s Bin Buster winners include winners from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NAWG said their Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across […]

Despite Good News Virus Still Weighs On Oil Prices

Thanks to a variety of uncertainties over the past couple of months, the coronavirus continues to dominate fuel and oil price news. In Monday’s trade, West Texas Crude was trading slightly above $41 per barrel, virtually the same price we’ve seen for weeks. Daniel Yergin, HIS Market Vice Chairman recently told Fox Business News that […]

Washington Ag Businesses Fined For Violations

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined nearly two dozen agricultural businesses for safety and health violations this year. L&I has conducted 384 Ag workplace safety and health inspections this year. Of those 130 violations of various concerns were reported, including noncompliance when it comes to recent COVID-19 rules. Inspections are still […]

Wildlife Groups To Challenge Recent Gray Wolf Decision

Wildlife advocates and environmental groups have announced that they are challenging the removal of federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. Two coalitions filed formal notices over the past several days that they plan to sue the U.S. Interior Department in federal court unless protections are restored. The notices are required as […]

Canola Acreage Increasing Across the PNW

Canola acreage increased in all four states across the Northwest this year, led by a 24% increase in Washington. Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said as a rotational crop, canola has a couple of unique benefits. “Increased yield of the following wheat crop or barley crop, whichever you’re growing in […]

Oil Prices Hold While Diesel Prices Move Higher

A little bit of certainty encouraging oil investors to start the workweek. Monday’s trade saw West Texas Crude above $40 per barrel for the first time since mid-October. Investors are reportedly feeling a little better now knowing who will most likely occupy the White House over the next four years. And Pfizer’s announcement of successes […]

WDFW: Delisting Changes Little In Washington

With the Department of the Interior’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, wolf management in Washington now falls predominantly on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW Wolf Coordinator Julia Smith said the delisting will not lead to many changes for the department since 21 of Washington’s 26 packs […]

USDA Announces First Set of Great American Outdoors Act Projects

This week, the USDA delivered to Congress its priority list of deferred maintenance projects for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2021. The bill, USDA said will protect and enhance the economies of numerous gateway communities that surround public lands by restoring and maintaining critical access and infrastructure. Congress passed the bill in […]