Newhouse Confident Lawmakers Will Help Farmers

When the CARES Act was passed, it was done so to help offset the financial damage done to the Ag industry at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, such as the cancellation of contracts, and the closure of international destinations. But the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt for many commodities across the […]

WSDA Reports A 4th Asian Giant In NW Corner Of The State

Last week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture and the USDA confirmed a fourth Asian giant hornet was recently found in the northwest corner of the state. The queen hornet was reportedly stepped on by a Bellingham resident June 6th, roughly 20 miles from where the first two hornets were discovered in December. The two […]

More Changes Could Be On The Horizon For US Food Supply Chain

There’s growing national concern about a second coronavirus wave and another lockdown that will force Ag and other sectors to examine if they’re better prepared to handle another wave. Several states are reporting an increase in hospitalizations as other states look at slowly reopening. Vaccine progress could help, but investors are nervous despite better-than-expected May […]

How Are Rural Businesses Adapting To COVID-19?

Small and rural businesses across the country are adapting to the new normal and using digital tools to help their businesses survive the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The Washington Ag Network’s Micheal Clements takes a look. Click Here to learn more or to view the survey results. If you have a story idea for […]

AFBF: More Farmer Assistance is Necessary

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking lawmakers to provide more critical resources to farmers hurt by COVID-19’s impact on the food system. The Federation is also looking for more help for rural communities struggling with the pandemic’s impacts. AFBF said many of the country’s struggling farmers were left out of the initial round of […]

National Pasture Land Remains In Good Shape

It really should come as no surprise we saw some net drying nationwide when it comes to pasture conditions. Taking a look at the latest numbers, 49% of the pasture and rangeland nationwide is rated good to excellent, that’s down two points in the past week. Meanwhile, those fields rated very poor to poor increased […]

Meatpacking Rebounds, But Meat Prices Will Likely Remain High

Meat production continues to rebound in the United States from its low point when dozens of plants were closed because of COVID-19. However, industry experts said consumer prices are likely going to stay higher than they’re used to, plus it will take months to work through a backlog of millions of pigs and cattle that […]