Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Legislative Report 02/21: Revenue forecast gives budget writers good news

By Diana Carlen WAWG lobbyist Today marks the 44th day of the 2018 Legislative Session. Last Wednesday, the legislature reached a milestone—the deadline to pass bills out of the house of origin. Bills that did not meet that deadline are ineligible to move forward this year unless considered necessary to implement the budget. It is important to note, bills are ... Read More »

NAWG CEO takes temperature of policy leaders on next farm bill

From Oklahoma Farm Report Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had the chance to catch up with Chandler Goule, chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers, during the American Farmers & Ranchers Convention this past weekend where Goule updated members on current issues facing the wheat industry. Hays and Goule touched on several topics during ... Read More »

WAWG calls for full funding of USDA and key farm bill programs

With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY2019 Budget proposal that calls for a $47 billion reduction to USDA risk management programs and key safety net provisions over 10 years, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and President Marci Green, a wheat grower from Fairfield, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management programs, including crop insurance and safety net ... Read More »

Ag groups to White House: Reconsider TPP and wrap up NAFTA talks

From DTN Agricultural groups started the White House’s infrastructure and budget week on Monday by focusing on—trade. Farm groups coming together to call themselves the Asia-Pacific Working Group, which is parts of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as the Asia-Pacific Working Group jumped on comments from President Donald ... Read More »

President’s FY2019 budget calls for disappointing cuts to USDA and key farm programs

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, President Trump released his FY2019 budget which reduces the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 16 percent from the 2017 enacted level. The proposed budget also calls for cuts to vital farm bill programs, including crop insurance and other key safety net provisions. “The Administration’s proposed cuts to key ... Read More »

Annual growers’ trip to Olympia scores some legislative points

More than two dozen wheat growers and staff descended on the state capital last month as part of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ annual Olympia Days trip, landing amidst a flurry of Senate and House activity aimed squarely at two of the group’s highest priorities: resolving the fight over permit-exempt wells and passing the capital budget. Growers and staff ... Read More »

Legislative report 02/06: Carbon tax, pesticide study group bills pass out of committee

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Tuesday was is the 30th day of the 2018 legislative Session, and last Friday was the first cutoff of the 2018 Legislative Session. Cutoff dates play a crucial role in the legislative process as any bills that have not made it out of a policy committee are considered dead and are no longer eligible to ... Read More »

WSDA determining effects of TPP without U.S.

From the Capital Press The Washington State Department of Agriculture is trying to determine the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership proceeding without the U.S. “We’re still figuring out what that impact is, and how quickly those competitive disadvantages will emerge,” said Derek Sandison, WSDA director. “How much time do we have to find a solution before we actually are having ... Read More »

Wheat growers take on Washington, D.C., and national policy

Trade, the 2018 Farm Bill and crop insurance top the list of priorities leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) will focus on during their advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., this week. The wheat growers will be meeting with many of Washington state’s federal delegation, as well as several of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agencies ... Read More »

Perdue announces USDA’s farm bill, legislative principles for 2018

From USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) farm bill and legislative principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Penn. “Since my first day as the secretary of agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what ... Read More »