India Increases Tariffs On U.S. Apples

On Sunday, India announced it was increasing tariffs of American apples by 20%.  That increase moves the tariffs against U.S. apples up to 70%.   Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission said the increase did not come as a complete surprise, as the tariffs has been postponed by India since August.  She added […]

Newhouse Encouraged By Progress Support Of USMCA

USMCA has been ratified in Mexico, and the trade deal has been gaining momentum in Canada.  However, the trade deal appears to be stalled in Washington D.C.   Or is it?   Representative Dan Newhouse, a supporter of USMCA says he’s happy with the progress he’s seen.  He said it helps to have high profile […]

Farmers Market Minute: Networking For Farmers

Colleen Donovan, with the Washington state Farmers Market Association, says growers can benefit from networking opportunities at their local Farmers Market.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Focus On Fruit: Ag Labor Remains A Top Issue

Jon DeVaney with the Washington state Tree Fruit Association talks about the biggest issues before growers between now and the 2020 Legislative session.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

NW Apple Utilized Production Dropped, While Pear Production Increased

NASS says the amount of Northwest apples used for either fresh or processed products dropped 11% last year.  In Washington, apple utilized production hit 6.37 billion pounds last year, a 12% decline from the previous year.  The Value of utilized production came in at $2.19 billion, off 10% from 2017 numbers.  Oregon apple utilized production […]

Group Says USDA Relocation to Cost Taxpayers

An organization representing agricultural economists says a relocation effort by the USDA will cost taxpayers. The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association claims the plan by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue would cost taxpayers $83 to $182 million dollars, instead of saving them $300 million as USDA claims.  Secretary Perdue is planning to move the Economic Research […]

Trade Groups Claims Americans Have Paid $22 Billion in Tariffs Through Trade War

New data released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland this week claims Americans have paid nearly $22 billion in additional tariffs since the trade war with China began.  The data, which is broken down by individual tariff action, shows American businesses and consumers have paid $15 billion in higher costs due to tariffs on Chinese imports. […]

Trump And Xi May Meet At Next Week’s G-20 Summit

President Trump is setting up a one on one meeting with China’s president Xi at the G-20 meeting in Japan next week.  In a tweet Tuesday morning, President Trump said the two leaders agreed on the meeting after a phone conversation.  Trade talks with China have stalled ever since Trump announced the most recent round […]