Northwest Ag Community Reminded To Comment On Snake River Dam EIS Draft

The comment period regarding the Snake River Dams Environmental Impact Statement draft is currently taking place. In late February, the federal government released the draft EIS which said removing the four dams would destabilize the power grid and increase overall greenhouse emission. While the announcement was welcomed news by most of the Ag community, supporters […]

WSDA Takes Additional Steps To Promote Social Distancing

As the state of Washington continues to battle COVID-19, the state Department of Agriculture is taking additional steps to promote social distancing. Last week, WSDA announced that offices across the state would be closed for the foreseeable future. WSDA’s Hector Castro said that’s not the only change they’ve made. He said License Pesticide test have […]

AFT Established Fund To Help Farmers Through Coronavirus Outbreak

In response to the coronavirus and the widespread impact it’s having on the farming community the America Farmland Trust recently created the Farmer Relief Fund. Addie Candib, Pacific Northwest Regional Director at AFT said people may not realize how the rapid spread of COVID-19 has hit the farming community in very specific ways. She cited […]

Oil Price Remained Weighed Down By Coronavirus

Oil prices are currently trading at the lowest levels we’ve seen in roughly two decades. As of Monday afternoon, West Texas Crude was trading around $20 per barrel, a significant drop from over $47 price we saw to start the month of March. Prices have been forced down over recent months because of the spread […]

Consumers Increase Online Grocery Orders During Outbreak

Consumers are ordering more goods and groceries online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grocery Dive, a web-based grocery industry publication, reports 31% of U.S. households have used online grocery services over the past month. Out of those surveyed, 26% of consumers report using grocery delivery and pick-up services for the first time, and 39% of 60 […]

State Beef Councils Win Major Legal Victory

The Beef Checkoff program and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils won a major court victory last week. The U.S. District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in the matter of R-CALF vs. Sonny Perdue and USDA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association praised the court’s decision, which ends a […]

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to April 15

The USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15. Deputy undersecretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced the extension Monday, saying the move is “in light of the COVID-19 National Emergency.” The extension allows rural businesses, cooperatives, and communities extra time to apply for assistance that will help bring high-speed […]

Less than Half of U.S. Dairy Farms Signed up for DMC

Fewer dairy farmers chose to opt into the Dairy Margin Coverage Program authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. At the beginning of this year, the forecast was for an improving dairy economy and the USDA prediction tool that showed either low or no DMC payments this year. However, the rapidly-evolving situation brought on by the […]

USDA Reminding Producers To Respond Surveys On-Line

Even with all that’s going, or not going on, due to COVID-19, NASS said if they’ve got the data, and enough of it, they intend to publish their reports such as the March 31st Perspective Plantings Report and publish them on time.  But the data is not the only thing of the mind of NASS […]