Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Wheat grower organizations: Enforcing trade rules is best done within the rules

While U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) understand and support the need to enforce international trade rules, we are very concerned about the implications of the Trump Administration’s decision yesterday to impose more than $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. We agree that unfair ... Read More »

Legislative report 03/20: Summary of 2018 Legislative Session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The 2018 Legislative Session was scheduled as a short, 60-day session, focused on passing supplemental budgets and addressing the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision mandating that the Legislature speed up funding basic education. The Legislature also had carry-over work from last session to complete, including finding a legislative fix to the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision and ... Read More »

Wheat researchers, farmers take to Capital Hill to discuss research priorities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today concluded the 2018 National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) Fly-in, where more than 20 researchers and farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill to discuss with members of Congress and their staff the importance federal funding of research to the wheat industry. The NWIC is comprised of 24 members representing regional public ... Read More »

Examining consolidation in U.S. agriculture

While croplands have shifted to larger farms in almost all crops, most farms are still family owned From USDA’s Economic Research Service Agricultural production in the United States has been shifting to larger farms for many years. However, such consolidation has become more complex since the 1980s, with major consolidation in cropland offset by shifts in grazing and pastureland away ... Read More »

Conaway, Roberts discuss farm bill delays

From While the name would imply the farm bill has much to do with farming, 80 percent of the bill involves food and food stamps. On Wednesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway announced he’s delaying the release of a draft bill to find bipartisan support for a law that takes aim at government food programs. Read the rest ... Read More »

Trade an American value

From the Capital Press What are the three priorities determining a Pacific Northwest wheat farmer’s success? 1.Trade. 2.Trade. 3. Trade. Upwards of 90 percent of the wheat grown in 20 Eastern Washington counties is exported. Include Idaho and Oregon in the calculation and around two-thirds of the nearly 300 million bushels of wheat produced in the Pacific Northwest in 2016-2017 ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 03/08: Stripe rust will likely reach a normal epidemic level in the eastern PNW

By Dr. Xianming Chen Based on the forecast models using the weather data from November 2017 to February 2018, stripe rust will potentially cause yield loss of 17.9 percent on highly susceptible varieties. This number is much higher than the 6 percent forecasted in January based only on the November-December weather conditions. The number is an average of the prediction ... Read More »

February D.C. trip focuses on trade, crop insurance, conservation

In February, leaders of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) took their advocacy efforts to Washington, D.C. For four extremely busy days, they met with policymakers to discuss farm bill, trade, crop insurance and conservation. “Because of the relationships we’ve developed with our congressional delegation, we were able to get access to high level meetings such as the office ... Read More »

U.S. wheat trade: A farmer’s perspective

By Gary Bailey Washington Grain Commission Chairman, USW Director and a wheat farmer from St. John, Wash. As Washington Grain Commissioners, trade has consumed a great deal of our time this past year. Relationships with our international partners are critical to the survival of our trade with countries such as Japan. Most of us have seen the proposed effects on ... Read More »

Wheat organizations ask USTR to work toward rejoining TPP to prevent serious revenue loss

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and 33 state wheat organizations have expressed hope in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer that the administration will immediately prioritize accession to TPP to save the valuable Japanese market for U.S. wheat farmers. “Once TPP is ratified, U.S. wheat exports to Japan will be at serious risk,” ... Read More »