Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Farmers: Protect conservation, crop insurance but tweak commodity programs

From Agri-Pulse The Senate Agriculture Committee launched its hearings on the new farm bill, hearing from farmers in Kansas who appealed for changes to some commodity programs, new support for cotton growers and continued funding for conservation. The farmers also expressed opposition to means testing or other restrictions on crop insurance and said that EPA restrictions on pesticides threatened to ... Read More »

Senate kicks off farm bill hearings in Kansas

From NAWG Today the Senate Agriculture Committee held its first farm bill hearing in Manhattan, Kan. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) heard from 18 witnesses representing Kansas producer organizations, lenders, electric cooperatives, natural resource interests and other rural community representatives.  This hearing marks the start of the Senate’s official work toward the next farm bill. Kansas ... Read More »

USDA sees rise in crop, livestock output amid sluggish farm economy

From Agri-Pulse Farmers are expected to produce nearly as many acres of soybeans as corn this year as growers respond to a relatively stronger increase in soybean prices, according to the Agriculture Department. Speaking today at USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, the department’s chief economist, Robert Johansson, said farmers will likely plant 88 million acres of soybeans this spring, up from 83.4 million ... Read More »

Legislative update: Bills pass first major hurdle

Leg Report

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyst Last Friday, we reached the first deadline of the legislative session.  Any policy bills that did not move out of their original committee by last Friday at 5 p.m. are dead for this session (unless otherwise revived). This drastically reduces the list of bills that are likely to move this session. The only legislation not ... Read More »

House ag committee approves pesticide measures

From NAWG Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee approved two measures regarding the regulation of pesticides. The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 953) would eliminate the duplicative permit requirement for use of pesticides that have already been approved by the EPA in the Federal Insecticide Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Senator Crapo (R-Idaho) has also introduced similar legislation in the Senate. The National ... Read More »

WAWG congratulates Rep. Riechert export council appointment

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers applauds the appointment last week of Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) to the President’s Export Council. The Washington state wheat industry exports approximately 90 percent of its product to overseas markets, and effective trade agreements are essential in maintaining and expanding wheat markets. “Rep. Reichert has been a stalwart supporter of trade in Washington state,” ... Read More »

WAWG remembers former president, Randy Uhrich

Randy Uhrich, 62, passed away on Jan. 16, 2017, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Mary, and daughter, Katie. Randy was born in Wenatchee, Wash., to Clarence and Anne Uhrich. He was raised on the family’s wheat ranch in Waterville, Wash. He worked side by side with his father learning the family ... Read More »

Growers testify in Senate committee work session on DNR bill

Benton County wheat grower Chad Smith (center) testifies in front of the Washington State Senate’s Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee during a public hearing on SB 5051, a bill relating to nondefault termination provisions in state land leases for agricultural or grazing purposes. Looking on are Washington Association of Wheat Growers Lobbyist Diana Carlen (right) and Benton County grower Nicole Berg. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Legislative Support Services.

By Trista Crossley During last month’s trip to Olympia to advocate for the Washington wheat industry, several members and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) testified in front of the Washington State Senate’s Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee during a public hearing on SB 5051, a bill relating to nondefault termination provisions in state land ... Read More »

Warm, dry spring ahead for Pacific Northwest, weatherman says

From the Capital Press El Niño will return to the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it a warm, dry spring, weatherman Art Douglas says. Douglas said the El Niño weather pattern began developing in January as surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean began to increase. A ridge of high pressure off the West Coast will also develop, blocking storms from ... Read More »