More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
Ag News: Farmers Borrowing Less and Tractor Sales Soar
With federal pandemic aid in their hands, farmers and ranchers borrowed far less money than usual from ag bankers during the first quarter of this year on operating expenses.
Ag News: Farmers to Families Food Box Support
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to support the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program.
Ag News: Food Packaging Not Spreading COVID
The USDA, FDA and Centers for Disease Control continue to underscore there’s no credible evidence of food or food packaging as a likely source of viral transmission of COVID-19.
Ag News: Resurging COVID to Impact Dairy
Re-surging COVID-19 cases across the country could impact dairy markets this winter, with little potential relief until March IF a vaccine is approved and becomes widely used.
Ag News: Consumer Fruit Prices Drop
The USDA reports the Consumer Price Index for fresh fruit declined from January through July, before rising slightly in August.
Ag News: Dairy Consumption Begins as Child
A study in this month’s “Journal of Dairy Science,” found a “primary indicator of lifetime milk consumption is a habit developed during childhood.”
Ag News: Hemp Pilot Program Extension
The House of Representatives released language for legislation to keep the government operating at current funding levels and extends the USDA’s hemp pilot program.
Ag News: Fresh Produce Resilient In Pandemic
The fresh-produce business has shown resilience in response to pandemic-related swings in demand, according to a University of California professor.
Ag News: CFAP Part 2 and Be Prepared for Bad Weather
President Trump and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced another aid package for ag producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs due to COVID-19.
Ag News: Dairy Exports Higher in July
July exports of U.S. dairy products continued to show amazing strength, up 22% in volume and up 17% in value, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council.