Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Grain elevators blend wheat to meet falling number standard

From the Capital Press Washington grain elevators say they’re finding success blending wheat to make sure it meets the industry standard for the falling numbers test. HighLine Grain Growers is blending some carryover crop from 2017 to achieve the industry standard falling number score of 300, CEO Paul Katovich said. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Ag cautiously optimistic about Trump trade agenda

From the Capital Press The wheels are beginning to turn on trade moves that will benefit U.S. farmers, but some major concerns remain, the head of an agricultural trade organization says. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Sept. 13, focused on the Trump administration’s trade agenda. Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers For Free Trade, said he is cautiously ... Read More »

Senators grill administration officials on tariffs, trade

From the Capital Press Desperation in farm country due to low commodity prices and retaliatory tariffs by U.S. trade partners was the central theme of last week’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on trade. The committee questioned Ted McKinney, USDA undersecretary for trade, and Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator, on what is being done to resolve trade disputes and forge new ... Read More »

NAWG, USW welcome attention on trade policy risks, opportunities

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) appreciate the Senate Agriculture Committee holding a hearing on “Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade” Sept. 13, 2018, focused on the Trump Administration’s trade agenda. The organizations are encouraged that Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow, as well as the members of the administration who testified today, recognize the ... Read More »

Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

From the Spokesman-Review The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy this season, as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said Wednesday. Scott Yates, the director of communications for the Washington Grain Commission, and Creston-area farmer Mike Carstensen both were featured speakers Wednesday at the Spokane ... Read More »

Wheat foundation seeks WILOT applicants

The National Wheat Foundation’s Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) program will take place in St. Louis, Mo., from Nov. 11-16, 2018 and seeks applicants to participate. This week-long training program, sponsored by Monsanto, is geared towards current leaders and those who soon could take on leadership positions at the state and national levels for wheat organizations. The program will ... Read More »

Farm bill conferees tangle over SNAP

From the Capital Press One by one, farm bill conferees from the House and Senate last week laid out the dire situation in farm country and insisted a new farm bill must be in place before the current one expires on Sept. 30. There still remain some differences to overcome on a range of issues from farm policy and conservation ... Read More »

Region’s dams generate clean energy, support healthy rivers

By Kris Johnson For the Daily Sun News There are few things – if any – we hold dearer in the Pacific Northwest than a clean, healthy environment. Our state has taken great care to protect the air, water and land through the generations, which is evident in our state’s extremely low carbon footprint and the pristine landscape we all ... Read More »