Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Value of Washington’s 2016 ag production totaled $10.6 billion

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service The value of Washington’s 2016 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, down 1 percent from the previous year record high of $10.7 billion. Apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2016 value of $2.39 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but down 4 percent from the record high ... Read More »

Wheat Grower Organizations Dispute Corker’s Food Aid Position

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In remarks to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Oct. 19, 2017, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) stated that he has talked to farmers and that farmers “do not care” about U.S. in-kind food aid. “I don’t know what farmers Sen. Corker is talking to because I can assure you wheat farmers care a lot about in-kind food aid,” said Dighton, ... Read More »

Farm Bill, Trade hot topics at 2017 fall wheat industry conference

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Editor’s note: The leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been participating in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ fall conference this week, sharing Washington wheat farmer priorities and helping craft the wheat industry’s farm bill message to lawmakers. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) held its annual fall conference this week ... Read More »

Washington Ecology proposes response to Hirst

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From the Capital Press The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to assess water supplies in targeted watersheds, a first step in judging whether a state Supreme Court decision has truly closed rural areas to new household wells. The proposal applies to 15 basins, about one-third of the state, most obviously affected by last year’s Hirst decision, a ruling criticized by ... Read More »

Don’t forget to apply for ag student scholarship

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Jerry Minore was a longtime friend of the wheat industry and an advocate for wheat farmers. To honor his work and life, his company, BASF, has partnered with the National Wheat Foundation to establish a scholarship for students with connections to the wheat industry who are planning careers in agriculture. The Minore Memorial Scholarship will fund four college scholarships for ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/15: Temperatures begin to drop for Washington

There were 5.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 29 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 13 percent good. A low temperature of 20 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 72 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 9 to 3 degrees ... Read More »

As Trump takes aim at NAFTA, farmers are hopeful—and nervous

From NPR President Trump made his view of the North American Free Trade Agreement very clear during the presidential election. He called NAFTA “the worst trade deal in … the history of this country.” And Trump blamed NAFTA for the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs. His administration is in the midst of renegotiating the free trade deal with ... Read More »

Report: Most Northwest ag commodities barely profitable

From the Capital Press Northwest agricultural producers will see at least a small profit this season from most of the crops they raise, according to a report by Northwest Farm Credit Services. The financial cooperative’s quarterly Market Snapshot concludes producers of cattle, potatoes, sugar beets, onions, hay, apples and wine should do better than break-even for this season’s crop. Read ... Read More »

NAFTA Day on Capitol Hill

From NAWG On Capitol Hill yesterday, there were signs of the increased stakes in the NAFTA talks: business and agricultural groups mounted a lobbying push targeting more than 250 House members, and the Ways and Means chairman seemed to say businesses have reason to worry, reported Politico. At the White House, in the most visible and symbolic moment of the day, ... Read More »

Wheat group defends crop insurance

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From the Capital Press Wheat industry leaders are emphasizing the importance of crop insurance for farmers in the wake of a summit sponsored by organizations that want to eliminate it. The R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Heritage Foundation and other like-minded groups held a summit in Washington, D.C., last week and proposed changes to the farm bill that ... Read More »