Author Archives: Trista Crossly

US exporters on the offensive to maintain, build market share

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fifth and final article. Links to the first four are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse John Baize was on a mission to sell more U.S. soybean oil in Egypt. But there was a problem, according to the government ... Read More »

Wheat growers push back against Farm Bill critics

From the Capital Press Washington wheat representatives declined to participate in a recent Washington Policy Center conference in Spokane because a speaker claims agriculture is not experiencing a financial crisis and is calling for the termination of farm subsidy programs. The center is “an independent, nonprofit think tank that promotes sound public policy based on free-market solutions,” according to its ... Read More »

Northwest farmers fret over farm bill, crop insurance

From NW News Network The U.S. House of Representatives recently failed to pass a farm bill and Northwest farmers are worried that the process is not plowing ahead. The farm bill is a massive piece of federal policy that guides everything from food stamps to land conservation to agricultural research. One of the top things the farm bill does is ... Read More »

Wheat farmers call for stable, predictable farm programs in current farm economy

In a pivotal time for American agricultural producers, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) continues to urge Congress for swift passage of a bipartisan farm bill. And as the debate continues across the nation, WAWG calls for the focus to be on the facts, particularly with critical programs like crop insurance and commodity programs. In response to the upcoming ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0520: Flooding reported in Okanogan, Ferry counties while fair conditions prevailed in rest of Washington

From NASS There were 5.1 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 62 percent good and 11 percent excellent. A low temperature of 40 degrees F was reported in the southeast region, while a high temperature of 94 degrees F was also reported in the southeast region. ... Read More »

NAWG statement on House failure to pass farm bill

Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the House. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, Okla., farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG is disappointed that the farm bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a ... Read More »

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

From the Capital Press In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG board of director testifies on devastating impacts of tariffs

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Representatives from several agriculture groups testified this week on the Section 301 tariffs proposed by the Trump administration on such goods as steel and aluminum imported into the country. Industry leaders fear, as a response from other countries, that the U.S. will face tariffs on our commodities which could drastically harm the already ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0513: Washington alfalfa was ready to cut, while some cattle ventured towards mountains

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 68 percent good and 12 percent excellent. A low temperature of 36 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 90 degrees F was reported in the northeast and western ... Read More »

Columbia River Treaty negotiator hears comments, concerns

By Trista Crossley In recent months, much of the media spotlight has been focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but negotiations are about to start on another agreement critical to Pacific Northwest agriculture—the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Jill Smail, the negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty, visited Spokane, Wash., ... Read More »