WSU: Farmers, You Are Not Alone

As farmers try to adjust to the new normal, there’s growing concern about the toll the coronavirus is having and will continue to have on the mental health of the Ag industry. With milk prices dropping in some cases below $10 cwt, and produce stacked up with no destination, despair is becoming an all too […]

Warner: 2019 Wine Harvest Numbers Lower, But Still Encouraging

Despite that early season frost was saw last year in late September and early October, it appears the 2019 Washington wine grape harvest was a good one. Washington state Wine Commission President Steve Warner said that early chill cost some growers volume, but it looks like the quality will be outstanding. “For the most part, […]

Merkley, Leahy Call On USDA To Get Food Aid To Those In Need

Late last week, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley teamed up with Patrick Leahy of Vermont, to press Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to increase the USDA’s efforts to speed funding for food aid appropriated by Congress for those in need. Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the USDA pointed out that […]

Oil Reported Highest Price In Months During Monday’s Trade

Oil recorded some of their highest prices of the past couple of months during Monday’s trade. West Texas Crude increased $2.57, or 8.7% in Monday’s action, to close at $32.01; the highest price recorded since March 16th. The optimism was spurred by more and more countries easing restrictions put in place to slow the spread […]

R-CALF Asks Perdue to Open CRP Land to Emergency Grazing

R-CALF USA has asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider opening up the 24 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program to emergency grazing. The group says it would help to alleviate the backlog in the live cattle supply chain caused by COVID-19, which has reduced overall slaughter capacity. “The fed cattle […]

Equity Minute: Take A Look At Your Plan

Jake Carpenter says with so many people reevaluating the most important aspects of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic, now is a good time to also look at your wealth management plan, and see if it works best for you. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or […]

Senators Seek Meat Worker Protections From USDA

Senate Democrats want Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide more worker safety protection to meat processing employees. A group of 29 Senators, led by Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, penned a letter to Perdue outlining recommendations for ways the Department of Agriculture should improve worker safety. The Senators wrote, “While we recognize the importance of […]

USDA: Wheat Stocks Drop, But Prices Hold

The new marketing year for U.S. wheat starts up here in a few days, June 1st, and USDA analysts are projecting a year in which, stocks are declining but prices aren’t increasing. USDA Outlook Board Chariman, Mark Jekanowski, said he is looking at yet another year of declining American wheat plantings, likely the lowest wheat […]

China Now Open to U.S. Blueberries, Barley Imports

China said late last week it would immediately allow imports of barley and fresh blueberries from the United States. That move came just days after announcing plans to impose tariffs on barley imports from Australia, as well as blocking Australian beef imports. The South China Morning Post says opening up to more U.S. agricultural imports […]

Additional Washington Fairs Canceled Because of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic as forced additional fairs to cancel 2020 events. The Thurston County Fair in Lacey, the Southwest Washington Fair in Chehalis, the Jefferson County Fair in Port Townsend and the Skagit County Fair in Mt. Vernon have all announced the cancelation of events this summer. They join the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, […]