Pacific Northwest Ag Network
Beetle Survey Feedback for WA State Department of Ag
The Japanese beetle made an appearance in Washington again this year and that prompts what comes next in the state eradication program.
New Funding for Food Assistance and Market Opportunities for Wheat
U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers are pleased that U.S. wheat growers now have the opportunity to increase global food assistance and expand export market access under new USDA funding programs announced Oct. 24, 2023.
Union County Oregon Flock Catches Bird Flu
On October 19, 2023, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) confirmed the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial flock in Union County.
Investing in the Forest Product Economy and Jobs
The Biden-Harris Administration announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is making nearly $50 million in grant funding available for proposals that support crucial links between resilient, healthy forests, strong rural economies and jobs in the forestry sector.
New Report Links National Security and Global Hunger
Global hunger and malnutrition pose significant threats to U.S. national security, according to a new report commissioned by Farm Journal Foundation. The report, authored by researchers from Texas A&M University, examines how global food insecurity is linked to numerous geopolitical risks. Increasing i...
USDA Research: Increasing Vegetable Consumption May Better Mental Health
New research finds that increasing vegetable consumption has a positive effect on how happy a person feels. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service said that holds true for adults who consume the daily amount of vegetable servings recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Researchers a...
Farm Bank Lending Increased 8.1% Last Year
Despite numerous headwinds in 2022, agricultural lending by U.S. farm banks increased by 8.1% last year to $103.1 billion. The American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report said the change is due to a 9.7% increase in outstanding loans, secured by farmland and a 5.9% increas...
Lawmaker Seeks to Ensure AM Radio in All Vehicles
Representative Josh Gotthemier this week urged electric vehicle manufacturers to include AM radio in their cars and trucks. The New Jersey Democrat says, "I would think that if Elon Musk has enough money to buy Twitter and send rockets to space, he can afford to include AM radio in his Teslas." H...
Consumer Price Index Increases Again
The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, after increasing 0.5% in January. Over the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 6.0% before seasonal adjustment. The food index increased 0.4% in February, and...
Food Prices Drop for 11th Straight Month
Global food costs moved lower again for the 11th consecutive month. The Financial Post says while consumers are still spending more for food, prices are at their lowest level in the last 17 months. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s Food Price Index dropped 0.6% in February,...