Author Archives: Trista Crossly

US wheat grower organizations react to new trade deal with Canada, Mexico

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome the Trump Administration’s decision to move ahead with an updated trade deal with Canada and Mexico and look forward to learning more about the details. We are pleased that the administration recognizes the need for policy certainty with some of our top customers. While NAWG and USW ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1001: Apple harvest, wheat planting progressed in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 31 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 14 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 29 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 86 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Washington wheat organizations call for immediate short-term extension on farm bill

Absent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) are urging the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to immediately pass a short-term extension while continuing to work to pass a final bill as quickly as possible “Dragging this process out only adds to the uncertainty farmers are already facing ... Read More »

WAWG president’s testimony at House Natural Resources Committee hearing

Sept. 10, 2018 Good Morning Chairman Bishop, Ranking Member Grijalva, and the esteemed Members of the House Natural Resources Committee, For the record, my name is Marci Green.  I am a sixth-generation farmer from Fairfield, Washington. My sons are seventh-generation wheat farmers.  On our farm, we grow wheat, blue grass seed, dry peas, lentils and garbanzo beans. I am also the ... Read More »

ERS charts of note: Conservation tillage

Conservation tillage helps protect soil by reducing soil disturbance and keeping the soil covered. These actions conserve soil moisture, reduce soil erosion and, when used in conjunction with other practices, can help promote soil health. Healthy soils can improve environmental outcomes and benefit farmers. For example, greater rainfall infiltration and soil water-holding capacity can reduce runoff of sediment and nutrients ... Read More »

U.S. Wheat Associates welcomes formal trade talks with Japan

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is excited to hear that the Trump Administration and the Japanese government are taking formal steps toward trade negotiations. The announcement today to “further expand trade and investment between the United States and Japan in a mutually beneficial manner” has the potential to eliminate a dangerous vulnerability for U.S. wheat farmers. Over ... Read More »

New South Korea trade deal protects agricultural interests

From the Capital Press With $6.9 billion in agricultural exports to South Korea hanging in the balance, U.S. producers got reassurance on Monday that a renegotiated trade agreement with the Asian nation would not harm exports. While commodity groups were confident with an agreement in principle reached in March, signing of the revised U.S-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement — ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0924: Washington pastures rebounded but still damaged going into autumn

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 19 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 27 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 84 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

New KORUS agreement signed

An updated Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was signed today by President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The KORUS amendments include several revamped customs guidelines, provisions to prevent Korean discrimination against U.S. pharmaceutical exports, and a doubling of the amount of cars — from 25,000 to 50,000 — the U.S. can export to South Korea without being ... Read More »

Trade tariffs costly for U.S. farmers

Editorial from the Capital Press This week, reporters from the Capital Press tried to put a dollar figure to the impact of retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. agriculture products to farmers and rancher in the West. It’s an elusive number, but it appears to be in the neighborhood of $4.1 billion over the next year. That’s a significant number in ... Read More »