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.
Farm Real Estate Debt Grows in 1st Quarter & NASCAR Ethanol
Farm real estate debt at commercial banks grew modestly in the first quarter, while production loans remained steady.
Ag News: Meat Processors Hiring Foreign Labor
Nearly twice as many meat-processing plants employ short-term foreign workers than in 2015, “a small but growing trend,” according to an Investigate Midwest report.
Ag News: Infrastructure Bill to Aid Water Woes
Water projects in the West stand to benefit from the Senate’s recent passage of a bipartisan infrastructure bill.
AG News: Anthrax Found in North Dakota
Already dealing with months of drought, North Dakota now has another threat after anthrax was found last week in a cattle herd in Kidder County.
Ag News: Potato Retail Sales Down
U.S. potato retail sales declined from April through June compared to last year, but beat sales for the same period in 2019.
Ag News: WHIP+ Passes House Ag Committee / Bayer to Pull Glyphosate
The House Ag Committee approved the reauthorization of Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus, WHIP+, but with added coverage for weather events, crop and ag product losses.
Ag News: USDA Heirs’ Relending and Small Livestock Producers
The USDA is providing $67 million in competitive loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program, which aims resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues.
Ag News: NW Cherries Grand Return and Ag Economy Outlook Strong
**Stemilt’s “A Half Mile Closer to the Moon®” cherries are ready to make their grand return in August and the outlook for the Ag Economy in 2021 is holding strong.
Ag News: Compostable Produce Stickers and U.S. Drought Monitor
The USDA reports a French law banning produce stickers that aren’t compostable are a threat to millions in U.S. produce exports.
Ag News: USDA Grants for Ag Education
New federal grants will help teachers across the country integrate food and agricultural sciences into their classes. It will also encourage students to explore career paths in food and agriculture.