Efforts Continue To Improve Taste Of Indoor Crops

It’s called, “Optimia” short for optimizing indoor agriculture. It’s a research initiative supported by USDA being carried out in several universities. The goal is to help make this emerging industry of controlled environment or other indoor growing systems more efficient and more able to report a profit. Scientists are currently studying all kinds of combinations […]

USDA Extends Deadline, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

The RMA says it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers to extend premium deadlines for fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual, and give them other flexibilities. The goal is to help farmers, ranchers, and insurance providers who are affected by COVID-19. “USDA recognizes farmers and ranchers have been severely affected by COVID-19 this year and […]

Northwest Reports 70% Uptick In Farm Bankruptcies

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, between June 2019 and June of this year, 580 farm bankruptcy filings were reported nationwide, an 8% year over year increase AFBF Chief Economist John Newton said the year to year numbers don’t tell the entire story. “It’s a little bit of a mixed bag, and what we […]

AWW Moves August Event On-line

For the first time in the event’s 33-year history, the Auction of Washington Wine’s annual August weekend of events will move on-line next week. The five day event will feature a series of on-line and virtual auctions, with more than 100 exciting auction lots. Proceeds, as in the past, will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital as […]

Halstrom Expects Strong Second Half To 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for the agricultural world, but one commodity is looking forward to better days ahead. Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation said despite a recent slump in exports due to production challenges, he anticipates a very strong second half to 2020, thanks, in part, to […]

Focus On Fruit for 08/06/20

Jon DeVaney with the Washington state Tree Fruit Association talks about the long-term impact coronavirus has had on the supply chain. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Egg Board New Dietary Guidelines Show Benefits Of Eating Eggs

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee recently released its official scientific report. For the first time the organization is recommending “what to eat for health”, with specific guidelines for children from birth to two years old. The committee recently highlighted that the diets of pregnant women, infants and toddlers can be improved by including […]

Plant-Based Protein Awareness Continues To Increase

Whether its when you’re shopping at your local grocery stores, or in on-line ads, you’ve probably seen more plant-based protein offerings both in the retail and food service sectors over the last two years. Two brands particularly seem to have more consumer awareness according to researcher Christine McCracken. And she notes that’s due to a […]

China, U.S. Will Review Trade Deal, Air Grievances on August 15th

U.S. and Chinese officials will review the Phase One trade deal implementation and likely air grievances that both sides have on August 15th during a video conference. Two people familiar with the plans told Reuters that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the principal negotiators of the deal, will participate […]

American Dairy Coalition Calls for Whole Milk to Return to Schools

The American Dairy Coalition wants to bring whole milk back to U.S. school lunchrooms. According to the proposed Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, whole milk will continue to be banned from schools across the nation. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines are only updated and published every five years. The coalition said, “the time is now to […]