Apple License Plate Legislation Heads To Inslee’s Desk

Legislation creating a new vanity license plate in Washington promoting the apple is now headed to Governor Jay Inslee for his signature. On Friday, the state House approved Senate Bill 6032 by a 92-5 vote. East Wenatchee Senator Brad Hawkins authored the bill, and said this legislation comes at a great time for the apple […]

Lack Of Ag Labor Creates Challenges For NW Growers Says Newhouse

Expect conversations over Ag labor and meeting the needs of America producers to increase in the coming weeks. Last week, Florida Republican Ted Yoho introduced his Labor Certainty for Food Security Act, which in many ways is very different from the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act supported by Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse. Newhouse recently spoke […]

Roza Irrigation Crews Use Busy Off Season To Prepare For 2020

For many irrigation districts across the region, water will turn on for another season in the next couple of weeks. One district that’s been trying the make the most of a mild and dry winter is the Roza Irrigation District. Executive Director Scott Revell said one of their main projects this winter was piping 13 […]

Wright Named Project Manager at UI’s CAFE

On Friday, the University of Idaho announced that dairyman John W. Wright will serve as project manager for the new $25 million research dairy near Rupert, known as the Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, or CAFE. Wright retired last year after a 41-year career of operating his own dairy near Wendell. Wright […]

Northwest Lawmakers Ask For Modernization of NEPA

Last week over 100 House members wrote a letter supporting the modernization of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The letter, spearheaded by Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, encourages environmental leadership while eliminating the “negative effects of permitting delays for critical infrastructure projects” across the country. “We constantly hear about […]

FAA Proposal Would Ground Drones For Many Farmers

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration submitted a proposal requiring remote identification of drones in flight. The American Farm Bureau Federation recently submitted comments to the FAA regarding the rule. “Remote identification is the ability of an unmanned aircraft or drone in flight to provide identification and location information so that people on the ground,” […]

Treasury Department to Fix the “Grain Glitch”

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is optimistic that IRS officials will adjust the Section 199A tax break, thanks to testimony from the Treasury Secretary. For more than two years, farmer cooperatives have been working to re-implement a tax deduction comparable to what they received before the 2017 tax law was passed. Last summer, the […]

U.K. Won’t Budge on Agriculture in Upcoming Negotiations with the U.S.

The United Kingdom officially published its objectives for the upcoming trade negotiations with the U.S. The announcement included an uncompromising stand on agriculture and food standards, two big sticking points that have slowed momentum for talks getting underway. Politico said the U.K. won’t compromise on its “high environmental protection, animal welfare, and food standards,” along […]