The Impact of Tariffs on Washington Agriculture
New Crop Insurance Option Provides Increased Flexibility
Trade, to put it lightly, is a pretty big deal in the Evergreen state.
More than 300 crops are grown here, worth $10.6 billion in 2017. The processed foods sector, in 2016, generated more than $20 billion in revenues, and the value of food and ag products that were exported overseas in 2017 was approximately $6.7 billion.
The current trade environment puts all of that on uncertain ground.
The Latest On Western Washington's Serious Drought
Farmers now have a low-cost option for insuring small parcels of land in one county by combining them into a single enterprise unit with land in a neighboring county under their crop insurance.
Unhappy With Findings, Agriculture Department Plans to Move Its Economists Out of Town
(Patch.com) DIABLO, WA — If you take a look at U.S. Department of Agriculture drought map of Washington released on Thursday, things look a little backward.
A huge piece of Southeast Washington's high desert from Walla Walla northwest to Ellensburg is whited-out on the map, indicating low drought conditions. But look west to the usually damp forests of Western Washington, things are considerably drier.
Molson Coors Expands Better Barley, Better Beer Program to Improve Yield
(NY Times) Last year, after an economist with the division presented research that contradicted the Trump administration’s views about the president’s signature tax cuts, the Agriculture Department put into effect new rules about submitting work to peer-reviewed journals. Now, Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary, is planning to move the roughly 300-person research unit, along with another division, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, out of Washington and closer to America’s farmers.
US wheat futures drop on fear of trade fight with Mexico
(Environmental Leader) Molson Coors Brewing Company is preparing for the possibility of a decline in barley yields in coming years by helping barley growers adopt more sustainable practices. The company is installing weather stations and soil moisture probes across barley farms in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado as part of its efforts to help farmers future-proof their businesses and ensure its own future supply of the necessary grain.
Ardent Mills to Construct $62M Flour Mill in Florida
(Reuters) CHICAGO, May 31 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday on a round of technical selling and worries about trade with Mexico, the top importer of U.S. supplies, traders said. * The benchmark Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soft red winter wheat contract turned lower after failing to take out the 3-1/2-month high of $5.21-1/4 it hit on Wednesday. *
2017 Ag Census: Total Number Of U.S. Farms Declines 3%
(Tampa Bay Times) Port Tampa Bay officials will decide next week whether or not it will grant a permit to North American flour producer Ardent Mills to construct a $62 million flour mill and grain storage terminal at the site, coverage by the Tampa Bay Times said Thursday.
A distiller and a tech veteran are teaming to bring barley back to Ohio's fields
(Drovers) The total number of farms in the United States declined 3% from 2012 to 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture released Thursday, April 11. Since the 1997 Census of Agriculture, the number of farms in the U.S. has declined 7.8%.
Storms affecting wheat prices
(Columbus Business Journal) While Middle West sources corn, wheat, glass and barrels in Ohio, like many makers of beer or liquors, the distillery's barley comes from outside the region, sometimes as far away as the United Kingdom.
Lang's been working on an answer to that sourcing problem for nearly a decade, about as long as he's been building Middle West Spirits.
A 5,000-year-old barley grain discovered in Finland changes understanding of livelihoods
(Sidney Herald) Wheat markets were mixed with spring wheat regaining some lost ground against the winter wheats. Another bomb cyclone hit the northern plains, dropping deep snow across much of spring wheat country and further delaying fieldwork. Winter wheats moved lower on improving crop conditions for both hard red winter and soft red winter.
Washington farm groups still cool to climate-change grants
(Phys.org) On the basis of prior research, the identity of the Pitted Ware Culture from the Stone Age has been characterized as hard-core sealers, or possibly even related to Inuits of the Baltic Sea. Now, researchers have discovered barley and wheat grains in areas previously inhabited by this culture, leading to the conclusion that the Pitted Ware Culture adopted agriculture on a small scale.
Long-awaited Ag Census set for release
(CP) Washington Potato and Onion Association lobbyist Jim Jesernig told the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee that lawmakers looking to cut greenhouse gases shouldn't risk short-changing conservation districts that are helping landowners with problems as gritty as ponies deep in mud.
Cold February puts Washington wheat farmers a month behind
Agripulse) The Agriculture Department this week releases the eagerly anticipated 2017 Census of Agriculture, which will provide fresh clues to consolidation trends in farming and measure the growth of small-scale and urban production and beginning farmers.
(Spokesman) “In the dryland parts, guys have got started this week,” said farmer Mike Miller, who grows wheat both west and south of Ritzville. “The irrigated guys in Moses Lake, they are going to town now. But in the Palouse, they still have a ways to go. They still have snow on the north slopes and some mud.”