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Region’s dams generate clean energy, support healthy rivers

By Kris Johnson For the Daily Sun News There are few things – if any – we hold dearer in the Pacific Northwest than a clean, healthy environment. Our state has taken great care to protect the air, water and land through the generations, which is evident in our state’s extremely low carbon footprint and the pristine landscape we all ... Read More »

Wheat marketing center creates educational bridge between US wheat farmers, customers

By Amanda J. Spoo, U.S. Wheat Associates Assistant Director of Communications Global demand for wheat food grows stronger every year, making exports vitally important to U.S. wheat farmers. As the export market development organization for the U.S. wheat industry, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) works to help wheat buyers, millers, bakers, wheat food processors and government officials understand the quality, value ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0904: Grain harvest wrapped up in Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 20 percent fair and 23 percent good. A low temperature of 36 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 94 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »

USDA aid package fails to consider all commodities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of the $12 billion package of aid to farmers hurt by retaliation resulting from the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. According to the USDA press announcement, assistance to wheat growers will be 14¢ per bushel. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, ... Read More »

A quick glance at the Market Facilitation Program

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting ... Read More »

CRP soil rental rates reduced

From FSA The Farm Service Agency (FSA) periodically reviews and updates soil rental rates to ensure that Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payment rates are set at the minimum amount needed to attract offers for enrollment in the program, thus minimizing market distortions. FSA recently updated county-average rental rates based on 2017 National Agricultural Statistics Service Cash Rent Survey results for ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0821: Grain harvest continued in Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 25 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 41 degrees F was reported in the southeast region, while a high temperature of 102 degrees F was also reported in ... Read More »

The trouble with tariffs

From The Lewiston Tribune This season’s harvest appears to be “phenomenal,” with high yields and excellent quality. The question is: Who will buy it? Farmers in Idaho and Washington face steep unknowns when they go to sell their wheat because of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on certain buyers of American products, primarily China. Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Stripe rust season: ‘A good year for farmers’

From the Capital Press The level of stripe rust in Pacific Northwest wheat fields this year mirrored earlier predictions of a normal year, said Xianming Chen, a USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist in Pullman, Wash. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

The great crop insurance debate

From the Capital Press Critics say crop insurance subsidizes farmers, but it is the only guarantee of help when disaster strikes. Several years ago, drought decimated Nicole Berg’s wheat crop. To break even, her family needed a yield of at least 7 bushels per acre, but a crop insurance assessor estimated Berg’s wheat would yield just 3 bushels per acre. ... Read More »