The Western Extension Committee is an organization of Extension Economists from the 13 western states, Guam and other Pacific Islands supported by Cooperative Extension Service Directors in the western region.

The purpose is to share concerns and ideas, with the goal of becoming more effective as Extension specialists. Committees and task forces are organized to work together on projects or issues that are common to several or all states. 

The Committee sometimes meets and works with other regional and national Extension committees.

 

Click here to access the recently released 2016 Western Ag Industry Survey, including results for all 13 Western states.

The Agricultural Industry Survey (AIS) results indicate there is emerging financial stress in the west but to a slightly lesser degree than reported nationally. This is likely due to commodity diversification and the relatively wide use of irrigation which has helped to buffer climate risk.  
 
Western region price trends tend to be slightly higher than U.S. price trends with prices that are generally competitive or above U.S. values. However overall declines in price trends for major commodities in the west in 2015 and continuing into 2016 will persist and contribute to the gradual decline in farm income which is certain to exacerbate financial stress.  
 
The economic environment is experiencing substantial shifts with agricultural risks becoming ever more complex. An expedient response requires a solid infrastructure to address these needs and situations as they emerge.

 To access the recently released 2016 Western Ag Industry Survey, including results for all 13 Western states click here.

 

 
 

Email the Committee: wec-l at uwyo.edu


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