Western Representatives Call For Reauthorization Of WHIP+

On Tuesday, Washington Representative Dan Newhouse, Oregon’s Peter DeFazio, joined California reps Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee and Jimmy Panetta to reintroduce the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan bill introduced by Members from West Coast states hit hard by wildfires this summer and fall. The proposal reactivates the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2020 […]

Perry Expects Profits For Cherry Growers, Mixed Results In The Vineyards

As we continue our series on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly Market Snapshot, we look today and cherries and the wine industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said he expects slight profits for both vineyards and wineries, but added it will be a mixed bag for both. “Lower grape yields and […]

WSDA Looks To Updated Grape Quarantine Rules

In an effort to protect the state’s grape industry from harmful pests, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has proposed an update to quarantine rules involving the movement of all grape panting stock within the state. This proposed move come after several years of meetings between Department of Ag leaders in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, […]

Lawmakers Seek Reauthorization of WHIP for 2020 Wildfires

A Group of Representatives from Western states, including Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse, introduced a bill last week to reauthorize the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus, known as WHIP+, for 2020 natural disasters. The WHIP+ program offers critical assistance to agricultural producers, including grapegrowers, whose crops were impacted by smoke taint. WHIP+ can cover losses […]

Idaho Specialty Crop Program Offers Nearly $2M Statewide

The Idaho state Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop block grant program was much more popular in 2020 compared to just a year earlier. ISDA said 17 different projects were awarded $1.8 million, specifically to help specialty crop growers across the state. The funds from the specialty crop block grant program will be used to […]

Wyden Calls For Disaster Assistance for Winegrape Growers

Senator Ron Wyden is asking for additional assistance for winegrape growers impacted by wildfires this year. Oregon’s senior senator made the request to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture this week. In the 2019 disaster relief package, Congress provided $3 million through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, WHIP, for winegrowers whose grapes were damaged […]

Perry: Mixed Results Expected For Local Cherry Growers, Wineries In 2020

As we continue our look at Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot, we turn our attention to cherries and the wine industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said they anticipate slight profits for both vineyards and wineries this year, although it’s a mixed bag for both. “Lower grape yields and […]