Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Comparing farm bills: What producers should be aware of

From the Farm Service Agency The 2018 Farm Bill amended the 2014 Farm Bill and reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs with modifications. The ARC program is an income support program that provides payments when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guarantee level. The PLC program provides payments when the effective price for ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0915: Precipitation slowed harvest in western Washington

From NASS There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.3 days suitable the previous week. A lot of precipitation was received in western Washington which helped replenish soil moisture, but slowed harvest. In San Juan County, livestock continued to graze in any field that had regrowth. In Chelan and Douglas counties apple harvest for ... Read More »

Key Columbia River lock shutdown stops all barges headed for export

From DTN’s Progressive Farmer The Columbia-Snake River System in the Pacific Northwest is the nation’s single largest wheat export gateway, transporting over 50% of all U.S. wheat to markets overseas. That all came to a temporary, but very significant, stoppage at the Bonneville Lock and Dam, located about 40 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. On Thursday, Sept. 5, the lock ... Read More »

Dryland cash rent unchanged from last year

From NASS Cropland Cash Rent Cash rent expense for all cropland in Washington is $201 per acre for 2019, down $2.00 per acre from the previous year. Irrigated cropland is estimated at $360 per acre, up $2.00 per acre from 2018. Nonirrigated cropland rental expense is $75.00 per acre, unchanged from last year. Idaho is estimated at $159 per acre for 2019, ... Read More »

ARC/PLC enrollment begins

From the Washington State FSA September newsletter The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Elections and enrollment for 2019 ARCPLC began on Sept. 3, 2019. The 2020 enrollment and yield updates will begin in October of 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill requires, as a condition of base acre payment eligibility for 2019, ... Read More »

Columbia, Snake river systems have crucial role in moving grain to port

By Michael Anderson U.S. Wheat Associates Assistant Director, West Coast Office Early in 2019, I attended a presentation given by the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA), Kristin Meira. In the audience were farmers eager to hear how U.S. legislators shared their interests regarding the ongoing navigability of the Columbia and Snake River systems. Open waterways are ... Read More »

Wheat Industry welcomes new U.S.-Japan trade deal

From Farm Progress There’s some good news on ag trade. President Donald Trump recently announced a trade agreement in principle between the U.S. and Japan. The U.S. Wheat Associates said in a statement that the agreement will “keep exports of U.S. wheat flowing to a “very large and crucial market for U.S. farmers.” Read the rest of the article here. Read More »