Four Washington Dairies Receive Funds To Improve Anaerobic Digesters

Four dairies across the Evergreen State will share $970,000 to improve anaerobic digester efforts. On Tuesday, the Washington state Department of Commerce announced the grants from the Clean Energy Fund under the Dairy Digester Enhancement Program. Four proposed projects will address improved energy efficiency in operations and the marketing of biogas, nutrients, fiber and other co-products of the […]

Dye: I’m Concerned About Food Supply Chain, Global Economy

How concerned should the American people be about problems with the food supply chain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic? One Washington state lawmaker says we should be very concerned. Mary Dye, a farmer from the Pomeroy area, said the disruptions to the food supply chain, whether it’s meat, dairy or produce has forced consumers […]

Despite Supply Chain Challenges, Red Meat Exports Look Good for 2020

Despite a host of challenges, 2020 U.S. red meat exports have been fairly strong. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports were up 9% year over year in the first quarter; pork exports were up 40%. USMEF CEO and President Dan Halstrom said because of the coronavirus pandemic, the red meat industry saw […]

Warmer Temperatures Expected For Final Weekend Of May

After weeks of stagnate, and some would say boring weather, Mother Nature has made things very interesting to wrap up the month of May. Last week, several strong bands of showers rolled across the region, dumping anywhere from ¼” of rain on the Columbia Basin, to over 2” of rain in eastern Washington and North […]

Concerns Remain Regarding Coronavirus Exposure At U.S. Meat Plants

Meat plant illnesses from the coronavirus are still rising, despite extensive efforts by the major packers to protect workers. According to an analysis by the Washington Post, the number of workers with COVID-19 at Tyson, Smithfield and JBS, increased dramatically from just over 3,000 a month ago to more than 11,000 at last count. During […]

Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act Introduced in the Senate

Last week, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi introduced Senate Bill 3842, called the Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act. Wicker authored legislation that would establish a Rural Assistance Pilot Program to help rural communities and localities better utilize and leverage existing Department of Transportation funding and financing opportunities. “Rural states often face challenges when trying to find […]

House Lawmakers Press USDA Over Food Box Contracts

House Agriculture Committee members want questions answered regarding the Department of Agriculture’s Families Food Box Program. Led by Democrat Marcia Fudge of Ohio, the group sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. They said the letter comes amid reports of contracts under the program awarded to companies with little to no experience in agriculture […]

Dairy Farmers Partner with Pizza Hut, Giving Half-Million Pizzas to Graduates

Dairy Management Incorporated and its checkoff partner Pizza Hut are joining together to give away half a million pizzas to the Class of 2020 high school graduates. “We are excited to partner with Pizza Hut to help high school seniors and their families celebrate this special milestone in their lives,” said Marilyn Hershey, Chair of […]

Officials: Cattle to Blame for E. coli Outbreak in California

Outbreaks of E. coli that sickened almost 200 people in California late last year probably came from cattle grazing close to the farms that grew the tainted romaine lettuce. The Associated Press says those findings came from a report released late last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Cow feces, which can contain […]

Rippey Concerned About Winter Wheat Progress

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said recently cool weather has hampered winter wheat crop progress nationwide. “Overall, 56% of the US winter wheat headed on May 17th, that is behind the five year average of 62%, but slightly ahead of last year’s 51%,” the USDA meteorologist noted. Kansas and Nebraska are two states he mentioned where […]