Kretz: Legislation Would Distinguish Between “USA Beef” And Imported

Truth in Labeling has been a topic of discussion during the short 2020 legislative session in Olympia, leading to several proposed bills that will impact the farm community.  One, proposed by Representative Joel Kretz looks to require retailers to post a sign in the immediate vicinity to distinguish between “USA beef and “imported” products.  For […]

Newhouse: More Needs To Be Done Connecting Rural America

It’s a push the FCC and USDA have promoted for years, connecting rural America up to broadband service, allowing producers and others in small towns or wide open locations to compete on the international market.  However, a study released last week by Broadband Now Research shows the number of Americans without broadband is moving in […]

AFBF Stress Importance Of Infrastructure Improvements

It’s a message that’s consistent across the farming and rural community, the infrastructure in America is in desperate need of upgrades and improvements.  The American Farm Bureau is hopeful that Congress will get to work on legislation that would authorize spending on those needed improvements.   “Infrastructure as a whole is extremely important for agriculture,” […]

Calm Weather Expected To Continue Through Late February

After a very active start to the month, February has calmed down and quieted down considerably for the Northwest.  Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said with the exception of a weak system rolling in this weekend, this dry, sunny pattern is expected to hold for the foreseeable future.  Lohmann said while these clear […]

GAO will Investigate Trade Aid Funds Distribution

The Government Accountability Office is looking into President Trump’s $28 billion Market Facilitation Program.  The GAO is investigating allegations that the money was mismanaged and distributed unfairly.   The investigation came at the request of Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow, who says she thinks the aid program was biased.  She argues that the program provided more […]

Wheat Yield Contest Enrollment Now Open

The National Wheat Foundation announced Tuesday that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest.  The Foundation is accepting entries for Winter and Spring Wheat.  The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th with an early registration deadline of April 1st.  The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an […]

NW Hort: USMCA About Tweaking A Good Deal

It’s not a done deal at this point, Canada still needs to approve the tri-lateral agreement, but most in the U.S. Ag industry are happy with USMCA.  For some commodities, such as wheat and dairy, it was a noticeable improvement.  For other, like the Northwest Horticultural Council, it was making improvements to an already good […]

Farmer Awarded Millions In Dicamba Suit

Over the weekend, a seven member jury awarded a Missouri peach farmer $265 million in a case against Bayer and BASF.  Bill Bader alleges the herbicide Dicamba ruined thousands of his trees back in 2015 and 2016, when the chemical drifted from a neighboring cotton field.   This marks the first Dicamba suit to do […]

Hemp Industry Executive Blames FDA For Industry Challenges

The FDA’s uncertainty over how to regulate the hemp industry is causing challenges that some companies can’t overcome.  Warning letters to companies for selling products illegally has diminished big companies’ interest in hemp food products and made it difficult for processors to obtain working capital.   Steven Bevan, president of GenCanna, says his Kentucky hemp […]