Potato Growers To Donate Tons Of Spuds Wednesday

In an effort to help eastern Washingtonians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to move potatoes that don’t have a destination, a host of growers will donate nearly 20 tons of spuds in Ritzville Wednesday morning. Pomeroy representative Mary Dye, who serves on the Washington state Food Policy Forum, says demand for potatoes from area […]

Trump Uses Defense Production Act to Keep Meatpackers Open

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order keeping meatpacking plants open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The President used the Defense Production Act to order companies to stay open as critical infrastructure, as meatpacking plants over the past couple of weeks closed with spikes in coronavirus cases among employees. According to Bloomberg News, the plan […]

Dry Weather Expected To Continue Into May

Soil moisture levels across the Inland Northwest are very low for this time of year, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. Marilynn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said while we may see some clouds from time to time, she’s not expecting many changes as we start a new month. […]

Schrier Pushes USDA To Help Washington’s Specialty Crop Industry

On Monday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier, spoke with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach, asking that the needs of Washington’s farmers and farm families be addressed during the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Following the call, Schrier sent a letter to USDA, asking the department to consider the unique needs of Northwest specialty crop growers. “I appreciated the opportunity to […]

USFS Hopes Grants Will Spur Innovation

Innovation: and what this means environmentally and economically is the emphasis is of USDA wood innovation grants. “The ability of markets to support our forest management, to support healthy forests and these projects have a connection to rural jobs,” said the U.S. Forest Service’s Brian Bradshaw. “They are going to stimulate and catalyze additional investment […]

USDA Reports Dramatic March Cattle Feed Numbers

The USDA’s most recent cattle feed lot activity report shows some fairly dramatic numbers for the month of March. USDA’s Livestock Analyst, Shayle Shagum said the numbers are dramatic: feedlot placements only about 1.6 million head, down 22% from March a year ago; lowest March placement number on record, leaving feedlots April first with 11.3 […]

China Studying How to Expedite U.S. Purchases Despite Opposition

Bloomberg says China is looking at possible ways to speed up its purchases of American farm goods to meet its Phase One Trade Agreement commitments. However, it appears not everyone is happy with the idea. The government is looking at speeding up the process because the coronavirus delayed some imports. Proposals include potentially buying 10 […]

AEM: Additional Relief Promising, But More Needed

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says additional aid authorized by Congress last week is encouraging, but lawmakers need to do more. Late last week, Congress passed legislation providing an additional $484 billion in relief for Americans enduring hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes $310 billion for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, […]

Farm Foundation Accepting Nominations for Young Agri-Food Leaders Network

Farm Foundation is seeking nominations for its Young Agri-Food Leaders Network, a new program created to actively engage emerging leaders in food and agribusiness. The young agri-food leaders will participate in a year-long series of interactive learning and networking experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the food and agriculture value chain. The program […]

Major WTO Countries Pledge to Keep Food Exports Flowing

Major countries involved in the World Trade Organization, including China and the U.S., pledged to keep from imposing restrictions on the free flow of food. Although a few countries have imposed such export restrictions, trade experts fear more food export bans could be on the horizon, which also happened during a global spike in the […]