House Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill

On Friday, the House joined the Senate by passing the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, Act, better known as the CARES Act. The legislation was signed into law by President Trump over the weekend. Agriculture and rural communities are among the many beneficiaries of the unprecedented legislation. Billions will now go to […]

Voigt: Great Potential Lies In Vietnam, the Philippines

While 2019 was a good year in the world of trade for many farmers, Chris Voigt it hoping for even bigger days ahead. The Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission said between Phase One, and both China and Japan expanding chipping potato opportunities, the past six months have been encouraging for local growers. […]

State Department to Accelerate H-2A Approvals

The U.S. State Department will speed up approvals of H-2A farm workers by waiving interviews for many applicants. The move is applauded by many of the country’s major Ag groups, who were worried that embassy cutbacks due to the coronavirus outbreak would leave farmers without the labor they need to run their operations. Late last […]

Farmers, Rural Businesses, Brace for a Possible Recession

Rural counties are in a fragile spot economically after years of weakness in farming and manufacturing, as well as a weaker recovery since the Great Recession. The COVID-19 pandemic has pressured the U.S. economy to the point that it’s facing another downturn. Politico said the pandemic has put a dent in global trade and U.S. […]

Despite Coronavirus, USDA Continues Main Mission Of Helping Farmers

The coronavirus may have changed every day life for Americans in a variety of ways, but that doesn’t mean the USDA has given up their mission of helping the American farmer. “We’ll be picking up the phone more and conducting meetings virtually,” said USDA deputy Ag Secretary Steve Censky. “And for things you have to […]

USDA Works To Help Farmers Overcome Physical Challenges

Farming, regardless of commodity, is hard work. And for some they must do those daily activities with physical disabilities. But as Rod Bain points out the USDA has a program to help producers overcome those unique challenges. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Idaho OK’s $400K To Kill Problem Wolves

Last week, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed legislation sending just under $400,000 to the state Wolf Depredation Control Board to kill problem wolves. The legislation taps money in the state’s general fund to address wolves that prey on livestock or wildlife. The WDCB has agreements with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the […]

USDA Accepts Over 3.4 Million Acres in General CRP Signup

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency accepted over 3.4 million acres into the general Conservation Reserve Program signup that recently wrapped up. It’s the first general signup for enrollments since 2016. County offices will begin to notify producers with accepted acres no later than April 3. “The Conservation Reserve Program is one of our […]

United Fresh Urges Congress to Take Immediate Action

Produce suppliers are looking for federal assistance, as many industry sectors seek relief from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The United Fresh Produce Association, representing the fresh produce supply chain, has requested urgent action by Congress to mitigate the challenges facing the sectors that have been impacted most severely. The immediate impact felt by […]

Hemp Farmers Taking Education To The Local Level

Increasing consumer education of industrial hemp and the many potential products that can be derived from it. Several supporters of hemp say that will be a major part of the creation of demand for their commodity and building their industry. One of those is Bill Cook with the Missouri Hemp Association, which is taking consumer […]