Washington agriculture officials welcome news of Mexico trade accord
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After months of uncertainty about global markets, state agriculture officials welcomed news Monday that the United States had reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico, which is the largest importer of Washington-grown apples. The accord would replace the 24-year-old North American … Read More

Agriculture Mask Distribution
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EXCLUSIVE USE BY AGRICULTURAL WORKERS. The Recipient will distribute protective equipment exclusively for the use by agricultural workers in their employment, including their workplaces, and employer-provided transportation and housing. RESALE PROHIBITED. Exchanging protective equipment for money or other valuable consideration … Read More

Trade impacts “mixed bag” for agriculture
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The disruption to Washington’s exports has been varied for agriculture, according to industry members. Photo: freepik.com Though the full effects of the COVID-19 response on Washington trade have yet to be determined, a new report by the Washington Council on … Read More

Homeland Security deems agriculture as ‘critical infrastructure’ amid COVID-19 pandemic
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The Trump administration has labeled agriculture as a critical industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, allowing businesses to continue operating as usual amid current and potential restrictions created to stem the spread of the virus. The declaration came … Read More

Agriculture Workforce Coalition Urges Senate Action on Ag Labor Crisis
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Following on the heels of a government-mandated increase in farmers’ labor costs, the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), a diverse group of organizations representing the needs of agricultural employers across the country, today urged the U.S. Senate to take up legislation … Read More

Retaliatory Tariffs a ‘Net Negative’ for Agriculture, AFBF Economist Tells CNBC
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FB NEWS – China’s newly announced retaliatory tariffs on more than 5,000 U.S. products, most of them farm and ranch goods, are a “net negative” for agriculture, Michael Nepveux, AFBF economist, told CNBC in an interview. With the focus now … Read More

Farm Bureau: USDA-FDA Cell-Cultured Pact Good for Agriculture
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FB NEWS – The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The formal agreement between the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to jointly oversee the regulation … Read More

Farmers Under Fire: Trial Lawyers’ Attack on Agriculture
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FB NEWS – Agriculture is in the crosshairs as class-action lawsuits seek huge monetary awards against agricultural producers, said a panel of experts at a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention. Panelists Andy Curliss, CEO of … Read More

Farm Bureau: US-UK Trade Pact Must Expand Market Access for American Agriculture
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FB NEWS – Knocking down all trade barriers to grow market access for U.S. farmers and ranchers must be a priority when negotiators from the United States and the United Kingdom launch trade agreement talks later this year, according to … Read More

Trade disputes put Yakima Valley’s agriculture industry on edge in 2018
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YAKIMA HERALD – MAI HOANG – One cannot talk about the Yakima Valley economy without bringing up agriculture. Much of the state’s $10.6 billion in agricultural commodities is grown here, and the sector in any given year supplies at least … Read More

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