WSDA: Now Is The Time For Horse Owners To Protect Against West Nile

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is warning horse owners across the region to vaccinate against West Nile. This is typically the time of year when mosquito populations start to explode thanks to the combination of standing water from spring rains and increasing temperatures. WSDA’s eastern regional field veterinarian, Dr. Ben Smith said the vaccination […]

POAS Reminds Farmers To Call Before Starting Field Work

Farming never takes a season off. Even in fields left to fallow, or sections where livestock are not grazing, there’s always work to do, and improvements to be made. Before you start work, the Pipeline Operators for Ag Safety are asking you to call 811 to ensure to know not only where all utility and […]

Focus On Fruit for 06/25/20

The new Washington Apple specialty License Plate will be available starting next week. Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission has more. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail gvaagen@cherrycreekmedia.com

Senate Ag Committee Passes Grain Standards Reauthorization

On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 by a voice vote. The bill extends the authorization for the Federal Grain Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture to continue providing inspection services and to maintain an official marketing standard for certain grains and oilseeds. The bill […]

Farm Households Report Off-Farm Jobs Offer More Stable Income

New data from the USDA shows nearly half of all family farmers and their spouses reported having a job off the farm in 2018. USDA’s Economic Research Service reports the majority of households, regardless of farm size, say they work off the farm because it is more lucrative than farm work, provides more reliable income, […]

Center for American Progress Pitches Conservation Easement Expansion

The Center for American Progress is calling on lawmakers to pass broad conservation efforts. The think-tank launched “The Race for Nature” Tuesday, its plan to stem nature loss through conservation easements. The organization says private landowners are going out of their way to protect wildlife habitat, but “the coronavirus-induced economic collapse will likely deal a […]

Winter Wheat Headings Slightly Ahead Of 2019 Numbers

When taking a look at winter wheat heading numbers nationwide, ” [It’s] nearly complete nationally, 95%. One point behind the 5 year average but three percentage points ahead of this time a year ago,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. When transitioning over to winter wheat harvesting, “[It’s] all over the place. Quite a bit of […]

Federal Agents Seize Almost Ten Tons of Illegal Meat at California Port

Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports it intercepted 19,500 pounds of prohibited pork, chicken, beef and duck products arriving from China. The products were intercepted at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. According to investigators, most of the animal products were mixed in boxes of headphones, door locks, kitchenware, LCD […]

Bayer Announces Roundup and Dicamba Litigation Settlements

On Wednesday, Bayer announced a series of agreements that will substantially resolve major outstanding Monsanto litigation. The announcement includes a settlement on U.S. Roundup product liability litigation, dicamba drift litigation and PCB water litigation. According to Bayer, the main feature is the U.S. Roundup resolution that will bring closure to approximately 75% of the current […]

CoBank: Ethanol Industry Needs to Transform Itself

A new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange says the ethanol industry may have to diversify itself in the future. The report said excess production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to “transform its business model to create more value and improve its operational efficiency.” CoBank predicts that consolidation within the industry […]