Newhouse Elected Chairman Of The Western Caucus

Dan Newhouse can add one more title to his resume; Chairman of the Western Caucus. On Thursday, the Caucus Executive Committee voted unanimously to elect Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse as Chairman for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Arizona Republican Paul Gosar, is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 Members of Congress from […]

Free Face Masks Available To Oregon Ag Community

To help the front lines of the Oregon Ag community, the state Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension have announced a partnership to distribute face covers around the state. The KN95 masks are available to farmworkers, ranchers, farmers, fishers, food processors and other farm contractors to protect essential workers. ODA and OSU have […]

USDA: Turkey Preparation Should Start Days Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and the USDA says now is the time to start preparing that big meal. USDA Food safety expert Meredith Carothers says one of the biggest problems she routinely see, deals with defrosting the holiday bird. While a popular technique, she says defrosting the turkey on your counter is […]

Wave Minute: Marketing Opportunities Into 2021

As we look ahead to 2021, David Flaherty with the Washington state Wine Commission takes a look at what marketing opportunities exist for the local wine industry. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail gvaagen@cherrycreekmedia.com

Binger Becomes New USMEF Chair

U.S. Meat Export Federation has a new chair. Pat Binger of Wichita, KS started his yearlong term on November 13th at the conclusion of the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference. Binger comes to position with 32 years of experience at Cargill, the last 11 years he led the international business segment for the North America protein […]

While The Northwest Is Dry, Winter Wheat Conditions Look Good Nationally

Drought continues to impact the winter wheat crop here in the Northwest.But for the most part, the crop, nationally looks good.USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Overall, 46% of the winter wheat rated good to excellent,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “That is up a point from last week. 18% very poor to poor that is also […]

Pandemic Increased Pulse Popularity Across the Northwest, Country

When the coronavirus pandemic started, a variety of items flew off local grocery store shelves. Meat, milk, toilet paper, and….pulses According to Columbia Grain CEO, Jeff Van Pevenage lentils, chickpeas, dry peas and beans became incredibly popular at the onset of the pandemic, mainly due to their long shelf life and ease of use. He […]

Ag Lender Survey Reveals Bankers Top Concerns

The Fall 2020 Agricultural Lender Survey report shows that ag lenders continue to remain focused on credit quality, even as the farm economy continues to work through the prolonged downturn caused by COVID-19. The survey from the American Bankers Association and Farmer Mac said when it comes to their customers, lenders continue to be most […]

WSU Conducting Research On Possible Benefits From Pennycress

Researchers at Washington State University are taking part in a multi-institutional, nearly $13 million project on pennycress. Karen Sanguinet with WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences said it’s a common weed that isn’t suitable for human consumption, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless. “We’re trying to look to see if pennycress could be a […]

Progressives Fight Against Heitkamp as Possible USDA Boss

Progressives in agriculture appear to be making a push to prevent former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp from becoming Ag Secretary in the Biden administration. NewsBreak.com is reporting the conflict is ramping up as Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio has begun to campaign for the head of the $150 billion Department of Ag. Heitkamp’s name […]