Author Archives: Trista Crossly

2018 Omnibus Bill nixes DUNS and SAM requirements for farmers

From the Natural Resources Conservation Service Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements. According ... Read More »

Facts about crop insurance in Washington state

Compiled by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Almost 3 million acres of cropland were covered by insurance in Washington in 2016, not including policies for livestock. More than $3 billion in ag liability was protected by crop insurance in Washington in 2016, including coverage for: livestock (through the Livestock Gross Margin or LGM policy); nurseries; diversified farms through Whole Farm ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0429: Sunny, warm days in Washington

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 26 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 92 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. The statewide temperature differential ... Read More »

Time running out to complete 2017 ag census

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding Northwest farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires, 98,000 of which are from the Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. But both the national and Northwest ... Read More »

US House moves to block spill of dam water to aid salmon

From the Capital Press The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would effectively stop the spilling of water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, both of Washington ... Read More »

Crop progress 0422: Spring brought a broad spectrum of conditions to Washington

From NASS There were 5.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 46 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 25 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 73 degree F was reported in ... Read More »

Stripe rust hard to find in commercial fields, but present in some areas

By Dr. Xianming Chen Earlier this week, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin and Adams counties of Washington and Umatilla County of Oregon. Winter wheat crops ranged from Feekes 4 to 6. Stripe rust was found in breeding nurseries in Central Ferry (Garfield County), our rust monitoring nurseries in Walla Walla, and nurseries ... Read More »

NAWG comments on House Ag Committee farm bill markup

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Yesterday, the House Committee on Agriculture marked-up its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, or H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. In response, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG commends the House Agriculture Committee on continuing to move the farm bill forward ... Read More »

From field to flour

By Michelle Hennings WAWG Executive Director I’ve been working with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) for 14 years now, and I’ve seen the importance of not only educating consumers and policymakers, but our own industry as well. For many growers, wheat’s story ends at the local elevator, but there’s a much larger picture that all farmers should be ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0415: Deluge of rain impacted soil moisture and working days

From NASS There were 3.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 42 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 28 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 70 degree F was reported in ... Read More »