Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Study reveals critical role of food, ag sectors in feeding the economy

A nationwide economic impact study found that more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors. Further, it found that more than one-fourth of all American jobs are similarly connected. This research, available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com, was commissioned by a group of 23 food and agriculture organizations. Among the most important findings: Total Jobs:​ ... Read More »

Farm concerns fuel dissent to low-carbon gas, diesel in Washington

From the Capital Press Agriculture figured prominently in a long debate in the House this week on whether to mandate more biofuels in gasoline and diesel fuel to resist climate change. After 3 1/2 hours of debate, House Democrats passed a bill Tuesday directing the Department of Ecology to implement a low-carbon fuels program, similar to those in Oregon and ... Read More »

NAWG voices concern about president’s 2020 budget proposal

From NAWG Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought released the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget of the United States Government: “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Lavon, Texas, wheat farmer, Ben Scholz, issued the following: “While NAWG continues ... Read More »

WAWG goes to Washington (D.C. that is)

Trade, farm bill implementation top list of grower concerns in discussions with federal delegation Washington Association of Wheat Growers leaders and staff barely had time to unpack their suitcases from the 2019 Olympia Days trip before flying off to Washington, D.C., to meet with Washington state’s federal delegation and participate in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter meetings. “Winter ... Read More »

Olympia Days are here again

Growers criss cross state capital to meet with legislators on both sides of the aisle What do you get when you mix more than two dozen wheat growers, nearly 50 meetings with legislators and sit downs with top state agency officials? A successful 2019 Olympia Days trip, of course. Growers and Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) staff flooded the ... Read More »

Positioned to return more value to wheat buyers and producers

By Vince Peterson U.S. Wheat Associates President Recently, I was searching online for some wheat market information to share at an upcoming meeting. I saw a headline that asked, “What country exports the most wheat?” Great, I thought, here we go again with more propaganda about Russia beating the United States in the global wheat export market contest. Instead, I ... Read More »

U.S. wheat farmers see opportunity for growth in Southeast Asia

From U.S. Wheat Associates Every year, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) invites farmers (selected by state wheat commissions) to participate in a “Board Team” trip overseas to follow their wheat and learn from customers about the quality characteristics needed in those markets. In February, the first USW Board Team of 2019 traveled to Southeast Asia—one of the largest and fastest growing ... Read More »

NAWG leader sees more spring wheat, better trade relations ahead

From Farm Week Now Farmers likely will plant more spring wheat this year, if better weather arrives anywhere near the official start of the season (March 20), according to a farmer-leader. Jimmie Musick, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), discussed his outlook for wheat and key association priorities at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida. Read the rest ... Read More »

Legislative update 0305: Clean energy bill moves forward

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 51 of the 2019 Legislative Session. This past Friday, March 1, was the fiscal committee cutoff, the deadline by which nonbudget bills had to be passed out of fiscal committees in order to remain alive. Now that the deadline has passed, most committees will not meet for the next week and a ... Read More »