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USDA Announces Additional Funds to Reduce Wildfire Risk
USDA Announces Additional Funds to Reduce Wildfire Risk
USDA Announces Additional Funds to Reduce Wildfire Risk
Last week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced his agency is expanding efforts to reduce the risk of wildfires in the western U.S.  Funds will be invested to directly protect at-risk communities and critical infrastructure in 11 additional landscapes in Washington Oregon, Idaho California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.   “...
Funding Available To Help Western Dairies Grow
Funding Available To Help Western Dairies Grow
Funding Available To Help Western Dairies Grow
Dairy operators looking to improve production, expand marketing and distribution, or looking to develop dairy products, funding to help is available.  Dairy farmers and processors in Washington, Oregon, as well as California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico are encouraged to apply for funding through the Pacific Coast Coalition Dairy Business Innovation Initiative.  It’s ex...
Is The West Seeing Drought Relief?
Is The West Seeing Drought Relief?
Is The West Seeing Drought Relief?
With recent systems moving in from the Pacific, is the west going to break free from drought?     If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-9791, or e-mail glenn.vaagen@townsquaremedia.com 
ODA, ODFW Close Crabbing On Southern Coast
ODA, ODFW Close Crabbing On Southern Coast
ODA, ODFW Close Crabbing On Southern Coast
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have closed recreational crabbing from Bandon to the California border due to elevated levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid.  The closure includes the ocean, bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers and jetties.  Recreat...
While Washington Shows Improvements Most of NW, U.S. Remain Dry
While Washington Shows Improvements Most of NW, U.S. Remain Dry
While Washington Shows Improvements Most of NW, U.S. Remain Dry
Much of the country remains very dry as we start the second week of the New Year.  With the exception of Washington, drought numbers held steady last week across the Northwest and across the country.   Currently 37% of the Evergreen State is where it should be soil moisture wise for this time of year.  In addition,...
Bureau of Land Management Seeks Input on Solar Energy Program
Bureau of Land Management Seeks Input on Solar Energy Program
Bureau of Land Management Seeks Input on Solar Energy Program
Earlier this week, the Bureau of Land Management announced a public meeting to solicit feedback on utility-scale solar energy planning.  BLM is considering updates to its 2012 Western Solar Plan that included six southwestern states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  On top ...
USDA Says Seasonal Worker Numbers Jumped in 2021
USDA Says Seasonal Worker Numbers Jumped in 2021
USDA Says Seasonal Worker Numbers Jumped in 2021
The H-2A program continues to grow in popularity, or necessity, in farm country.  American agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers can fill seasonal farm jobs with temporary foreign workers through the H-2A Visa Program.  The Dep...
USDA Releases 2021 Organics Data
USDA Releases 2021 Organics Data
USDA Releases 2021 Organics Data
On Thursday, NASS released the results of the 2021 Organic Survey.  The survey shows total sales of $11.2 billion in organic products, an increase of $1.28 billion, or 13%, from 2019.  There were 17,445 certified organic farms nationwide, a 5% increase from 2019.   Calif...
Vegetable Prices Up 40%
Vegetable Prices Up 40%
Vegetable Prices Up 40%
Americans are paying up to 40% more for their vegetables than in 2021, and drought is a big reason for the price hike.  A new report from Daily Mail says the increase is due, in large part, to states that grow fresh produce getting hit with water cuts because of droughts and storms destroying some crops as well.   ...

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