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pennycress,weeds,cover crops,wsu

CAN WEEDS BE CONVERTED INTO COVER CROPS?

Washington State University is taking part in a multi-institutional research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to help develop a winter cover crop that can thrive in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Cover crops are different from cash crops as their primary job is to improve the...Read more
sold,washington farm,walla walla,wheat farm

SOLD! WALLA WALLA DRYLAND WHEAT & CRP FARM

ATG is proud to announce the sale of a dryland wheat and CRP farm in Walla Walla County. The Walla Walla Valley has long been known as one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation. The climate of the valley is ideal for dryland grain production and is known for producing high-quality...Read more
rural migration, rural america

AMERICANS ARE LEAVING URBAN CITIES FOR RURAL LIFE

For years rural areas have experienced a ‘brain drain’ as educated, professional Americans left rural areas in search of better pay and living conditions. Small towns lost some of their most talented young people as they migrated to bigger cities for education and training and never returned home...Read more
potato,harvest,washington,export,china

WASHINGTON - THE DARK HORSE IN THE POTATO INDUSTRY

Although Washington ranks second in the nation behind Idaho in potato production, many people would be surprised to learn that Washington ranks first in yield per acre. The rich volcanic soil, long growing season, availability of water and climatic conditions in Washington State combine to produce...Read more
winery,vineyard,for sale,walla walla

SOLD! WALLA WALLA AVA VINEYARD IN SEVEIN PROJECT

2020 ended with a flurry of transactions for Agribusiness Trading Group. ATG recently closed two vineyard transactions in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, where rich soils and a unique climate combine to produce world-class wine grapes. The Walla Walla Valley, which is also a major wheat and onion...Read more
rural internet,farmers,agriculture

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN RURAL AMERICA

A recent USDA report on farm computer usage and ownership found that 52 percent of farmers rely on smartphones to conduct farm business. As a result, agricultural advisors are turning to smartphone apps to deliver research-based information via a platform that is easily accessible by as many people...Read more
canned wine,viticulture,wine

CANNED WINE - POPULAR, PRACTICAL, AND PORTABLE

Millennials are predicted to overcome Gen Xers as the biggest fine wine drinking generation by 2026. Wine consumption is up among Millennials, but that is not apparent from the way it is being advertised. Marketing around tasting notes, points and industry terms has made wine feel intimidating to...Read more
christmas trees,forestry,pacific northwest,agriculture

The Christmas Crop - Growing Christmas Trees in the PNW

According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Christmas tree farms cover almost 350,000 acres of land, an area that is about the size of Los Angeles. Christmas trees are now as much a crop as is wheat, soybeans, or grass seed. The Pacific Northwest is not only the largest, but also the...Read more
agriculture,beef,pandemic,shortage

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

USDA analysts believed that 2020 would be a big year for America’s meat industry with record-setting red meat and poultry production. Economic growth and low unemployment were projected to boost the demand for animal protein, but then came COVID-19. Farms were packed plum full of animals raised for...Read more
Thanksgiving,farming,agriculture,pandemic

HOW WILL THE PANDEMIC AFFECT THANKSGIVING?

Throughout the country turkey farmers and retailers alike have had to roll the dice: what would pandemic Thanksgiving look like? Would Thanksgiving be cancelled? The coronavirus pandemic will interrupt 50 years of steadily increasing turkey consumption and holiday traditions may change for good...Read more
farmers,wheat harvest,combine

FARMING NAMED MOST RESPECTED PROFESSION IN U.S.

Farming and agriculture were recently named Gallup Inc.’s most respected profession, a first in the poll’s twenty-year history. Gallup, an international polling and consulting company, polled Americans this summer on their overall view of several business sectors. Respondents were asked whether...Read more

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