WSDA Offices Closed But Department Remains Fully Operational

In line with Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay At Home Proclamation, the Washington state Department of Agriculture will close offices to the public starting Wednesday. However, that does not mean help is not available for the state’s Ag community. Despite the closure, WSDA issued a statement Tuesday saying the agency supports the state’s critical infrastructure, and […]

ODA Office To Close During “Stay Home, Save Lives” Campaign

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus across Oregon, Governor Kate Brown has expanded her Executive Order, requiring additional social distancing. The “Stay Home, Save Lives” campaign directs everyone in Oregon to stay home to maximum extent as possible, which means additional business and government offices that will close. Starting Wednesday, the […]

Keller Reflects Back On Time With Idaho Farm Bureau

After 41 years with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, 21 of which he served as CEO and Executive Vice President, Rick Keller will retire this summer. During his time, Farm Bureau membership increased 39 of the 41 years. IFBF now represents 80,635 families, including 14,000 members that are involved with the state’s agricultural industry. Keller […]

Northwest Lawmakers Praise Legislation To Improve Rural Broadband Map

The Broadband DATA Act recently signed into law will look at improving efforts to deploy broadband access to rural portions of the country. Portions of the legislation included the Broadband Data Improvement Act, sponsored by eastern Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She said her priority is making sure the broadband maps used by federal officials to […]

Temperatures Expected To Warm, But Area Will Remain Dry

Temperatures for the most part are on par with where they should be for this time of year. At least the daytime highs. Overnight lows across the region have been unseasonable cold. Marilyn Lohman, National Weather Service meteorologist, said there’s a couple of reasons for the chilly nights. “We keep seeing some mainly clear skies […]

Farming Community Asked To Share Their Story On-line

Tuesday was National Ag Day. And because of the coronavirus, celebrations were a virtual affair. “National Ag Day. These are some things that I think apply, not only to advocating, not only talking to professionals but apply to your everyday life,” said Jason Wetzler. He was in charge of the first of several webinars this […]

ARC/PLC Numbers Higher Than Expected

When it comes to the recently concluded ARC and PLC signup period for 2019 crop year. “We’re still working with producers that had appointments scheduled, and getting that work cleaned up,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. The deadline to schedule appointments to enroll was March 16th. He when looking at the preliminary numbers. “We are […]

USDA Announces New World Agriculture Outlook Board Chair

On Monday, Chief Economist Robert Johansson Monday announced that Dr. Mark Jekanowski has been appointed World Agricultural Outlook Board Chairman. Jekanowski is currently acting Board chairman and will assume his new duties on March 29. Johansson said Jekanowski brings “extensive experience in domestic and global agricultural commodity markets and deep understanding of the World Agricultural […]

Organic Production Continues To Grow Nationwide

Organic agriculture continues to grow nationwide. “California, as you would expect, is still the big, big state,” said Catherine Greene with USDA’s Economic Research Service. “That’s where we grow most of our conventional fruits and vegetables and that’s where we grow most of our organic fruits and vegetables.” Greene recently spoke at the annual Agricultural […]