Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Last chance to complete 2017 ag census

From NASS The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To stay on track for data release in February 2019, the deadline for submitting the paper questionnaire is June 15, 2018. Farmers and ranchers who have not responded by June 15, 2018, still have until the ... Read More »

Mexico unveils tariffs on U.S. ag

From the National Association of Wheat Growers In response to the administration’s trade actions, Mexico has decided to impose tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products.  As farmers across the U.S. prepare what is ahead, many fear these tariffs will be detrimental to the agricultural industry. Larry Kudlow, White House Chief Economic Adviser, has shared that the President ... Read More »

Farm organizations send trade letter to Trump

On May 31, 2018, U.S. Wheat, the National Association of Wheat Growers and 16 other U.S. agricultural organizations sent a letter to President Trump expressing hope that he will “prioritize negotiations with China to resolve many longstanding obstacles to U.S. agricultural exports while avoiding mutually destructive tariffs. In the letter, the organizations agree that there are certainly major problems in ... Read More »

NWF Blog: A snapshot of Agri-Pulse’s ‘Export or Bust’ trade series

Taylre Beaty NAWG Spring/Summer 2018 Intern This spring, Agri-Pulse published a five-part series, Export or Bust, that focuses on the importance of positive trade relationships and export markets to American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. The series covers the impact that trade has on farm profitability, updates on trade negotiations, and shares the voices of agricultural groups who are working to ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0603: Areas of Washington received rain, while other remained thirsty

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 71 percent good and 8 percent excellent. A low temperature of 35 degrees F was reported in the central and northeast regions, while a high temperature of 93 degrees F was also reported in the ... Read More »

One-year extension available to some expiring CRP contracts

From the Farm Service Agency As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 0601: Stripe rust is low in Palouse

By Xianming Chen Last week, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman County of Washington and Latah County of Idaho. Winter wheat ranged from boot (Feekes 10) to flowered (Feekes 10.53). Crops in most fields were in excellent condition. Stripe rust was found in few commercial winter wheat fields in very low incidence (less than <0.1 percent). Most of the ... Read More »

White House announces tariffs on China; NAWG communicates importance of expanding trade

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The White House has announced that they will be moving forward with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, details of which will be released on June 15.  When these potential tariffs were first publicly proposed, China announced they would retaliate in kind, mainly focusing on agricultural and chemical goods, including a ... Read More »

Asotin County wheat growers award scholarship

Alicia Heitstuman, daughter of Sam and Linda Heitstuman of Clarkston, Wash., has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Asotin County wheat growers. Alicia grew up on her family’s farm and ranch and got involved in 4-H when she was nine years old. She has taken a steer to the Asotin County Fair for the past 10 years and is ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0527: Superb growing condition in Washington with some weevils, rust in Klickitat, Whitman counties

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 40 degrees F was reported in the central region, while a high temperature of 93 degrees F was also reported ... Read More »