Wenatchee Ag Safety Day Takes Place Wednesday

The 16th annual Wenatchee Ag Safety Day takes place Wednesday the 26th at the Convention Center downtown.  Dominique Damian Safety Director for the Washington Farm Bureau said this event will include speakers from the University of Washington, the private sector, workshops, networking and much more.  She added they really try to touch on as many […]

Othello Grower Named Leader of Potato LEAF

Last month, potato growers and industry partners teamed up to launch a new initiative dedicated to growing future leaders.  It’s called The Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation, or Potato LEAF.  Othello potato farmer Shelley Olsen will chair the new 501(c)3.   “[It] was formed to basically support the Potato Leadership Institute (PLI) program that […]

Washington’s TSEP Program Earns National Honors

Congratulations to the Washington state Department of Agriculture’s Technical Services and Education Program.  Last week TSEP earned a national innovation award as “one of the most robust pesticide safety training programs in the nation”.  That award was handed out at the Pesticide Stewardship Alliance annual conference in San Antonio, TX.  TPSA is a national consortium […]

USDA Ag Outlook Forum Calls for a Return to “Normal” Trade in 2020

The USDA’s top economist predicted agricultural trade will return to normal this year.  USDA Chief Economist Robb Johansson said farm exports to China will rise from $10 billion last year to $14 billion in 2020.  That “slight” $4 billion jump doesn’t quite add up to the $40 billion in U.S. Ag products that China committed […]

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Slated To Grow In 2020

Last year the USDA dedicated $2 million dollars for each of four regional projects looking to help farmers and those in agriculture struggling with mental health issues.  Now, according to Politico, leaders are exploring best ways to help farmers in need, whether through hotlines and resource directories, as well as financial and legal consulting.  Thanks […]

USDA Predicts Farm Household Median Income To Drop

The USDA has forecasted a 9% decline in overall net cash farm income this year.  So, what does that mean for the farm household median income?   “We are expecting in 2020 overall for median farm household income to decline,” said USDA Senior Analyst, Ashley Hungerford.  She added they expect that drop to be around […]

AARP Warning Farmers To Be Safe On-Line

Social media, love it or hate it, it’s well-known for helping over half of all Americans find new friends, dates, or even significant others.  However, knowing how to surf the web safely is extremely important.  Not only to protect your heart but your pocketbook as well.   AARP’s Sean Voskuhl said a Pew Research Center […]

China May Offer More Tariff-Relief On U.S. Imports

According to the University of Illinois China is looking at purchasing some U.S. farm products by early March.  The gesture would be intended to show the U.S. that it will meet its commitments outlined in the Phase One trade deal.  The Chinese government is in discussions over what commodities it could potentially buy at the […]