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Broadband is coming to rural communities; will farmers be left behind?

From the Capital Press Broadband internet is on its way to rural communities, but some researchers are concerned the agricultural sector may get left behind in federal mapping efforts. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

USDA to survey PNW farm chemical use, production costs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will gather information about production practices from producers across the Northwest Region as part of the 2022 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). “ARMS is a vital survey that tracks how Idaho, Oregon and Washington farms use technology to manage production,” said NASS Northwest Regional Deputy Director Dennis Koong. “The ... Read More »

NAWG president testifies in House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill hearing

Recently, National Association of Wheat Growers president and Washington state wheat grower, Nicole Berg, testified in front of the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee, A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Stakeholder Perspectives on Title II Conservation Programs. Berg highlighted how the farm bill voluntary conservation programs are significant in terms of environmental benefits and assistance ... Read More »

Agriculture welcomes tentative rail agreement

From the Capital Press The nation’s agriculture industry breathed a sigh of relief after railroads and labor unions reached a tentative contract and averted a rail strike — just one day before the deadline. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Wheat growers applaud rail agreement

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the tentative agreement reached between the railroads and rail union representatives that averts a rail shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline. The agreement provides rail employees a 24 percent wage increase during the five-year period between 2020 ... Read More »

Ag Groups Comment on White House Hunger Conference

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On Sept. 8, twelve agricultural organizations sent a letter to President Biden requesting a seat at the table during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Since the White House launched the conference in early May, many in agriculture have participated in the listening session and provided public comments on the ... Read More »

IRA 2022: What it means for farmers

From Paul Neiffer, Farm CPA Today Now that President Biden has signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, we can now dig into the details of the bill and how it might affect farmers. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Appointees named to Washington FSA state committee

From the Farm Service Agency The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced appointees who will serve on the Washington FSA state committee. Members of the FSA state committee are appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and are responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving program delivery appeals from the agriculture community, ... Read More »

2022 US Cropland values hit record

From agweb.com For 2022, USDA reports the value of the nation’s cropland is $5,050. That’s up $630, or 14%, from 2021. This year’s figure marks back-to-back record highs in cropland values. Since 2014, the value of U.S. cropland had hovered around $4,000 per acre, that was up until 2021 when things changed. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

How the climate deal would help farmers aid the environment

From the Capital Press The climate deal reached last week by Senate Democrats could reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that American farmers produce by expanding programs that help accumulate carbon in soil, fund climate-focused research and lower the abundant methane emissions that come from cows. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »