Departments Of Ag Warning Of Unsolicited Seeds from China

Numerous state agriculture departments, including the those in Washington and Idaho, along with the USDA are urging consumers not to plant seeds sent to them from China. Americans across the country report receiving unsolicited seeds from China in packages labeled as jewelry. These unknown seeds are a concern for American farmers, as they could be […]

Karkee: Pollinator Work Latest Effort In Robotic Farming Research At WSU

Earlier this summer, the USDA announced a nearly $1 million grant for Washington State University to study the feasibility of robotic crop pollinators, which could help the tree fruit industry as bee colony collapse continues to be reported nationwide. WSU’s Manoj Karkee will lead the local team research, and noted this is just the most […]

WDFW Removes Member Of Wedge Pack

On Monday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the lethal removal of an adult, non-breeding female member of the Wedge wolf pack. The Department says this pack has repeatedly preyed on cattle on public and private grazing lands in Stevens County. On Thursday, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind authorized the removal of a wolf […]

Oil Prices Holding Steady Thanks To COVID-19, Stimulus Questions

Oil prices are holing stead, as investors are being pulled between encouraging economic news and a rising number of coronavirus cases nationwide and globally. West Texas Crude have held steady in the $40 per barrel range for the past couple of week, thanks to questions about COVID-19 as well as a proposed stimulus bill in […]

As Blueberry Demand Increases Local Growers Answer The Call

Blueberry harvest is underway across the Northwest, and growers are expecting a sharp increase in production numbers. Alan Schreiber, Executive Director of the Washington Blueberry Commission said the trend has been developing for some time. “It’s both official and unofficial, the ‘Blue Wave’ or the ‘Blue Crush.’ I think, I don’t know, since 2006 in […]

Authorities Investigating Cow mutilation Near Fossil, OR

Authorities are investigating the death and mutilation of a cow outside of Fossil, OR. The black Angus cow, worth about $1,000, was found Thursday dead and mutilated with tongue, genitals and reproductive organs cut out. According to The Capital Press, her carcass was found upright, front legs tucked underneath which is a position investigators say […]

USDA Launches New Website Features to Help Farmers Hire Workers

New features on the the USDA’s website will help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers. The USDA announced the new features Monday, which includes a real-time dashboard that enables farmers to track the status of their eligible employer application and visa applications for temporary nonimmigrant workers. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA’s goal is to […]

Consolidation Trend Continues In Dairy Sector

The trend of consolidation of dairy farms over the last two decades has primarily been steady. At the same time, the trend of the number of small dairy operations declining has been steady as well. That’s not surprising information within a recent USDA study of  dairy industry consolidation. Research economist, James MacDonald, said the most […]

Southern Idaho Investigators Called Out To Cattle Rustling

Southern Idaho law enforcement is very busy, after several hundred calves were reported stolen from a cattle feeding operation. According to the Cassia County Sheriff’s office, Marcos Garcia, the owner of MGM Calf Ranch near Declo, reported the calves stolen on July 1. The calves were all under 11 months old and had ear tags, […]

Grains Council Hosting Virtual Annual Meeting

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Grains Council kicked off its 60th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting virtually Monday. The meeting seeks to help U.S. grain sector leaders assess the challenges affecting their industry and offer reassurance grain exports continue despite disruptions. The meeting began on an encouraging note from USGC Chairman Darren Armstrong, […]