Author Archives: Trista Crossly

The European Union’s uneasy relationship with science

By Elizabeth Westendorf Assistant Director of Policy U.S. Wheat Associates Last week, the European Court of Justice ruled that EU member states cannot ban cultivation of genetically engineered crops without scientific evidence of risk to human health. The ruling was on a case that dates back to 2013, when an Italian farmer wanted to plant biotech corn. Italy has long ... Read More »

Senators Introduce Legislation Strengthening Trade Programs for the Wheat Industry

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) introduced the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act,” which will increase the funding for the Foreign Market Development Program from $34.5 million to $69 million annually and the Market Access Program from $200 million to $400 million. ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/17: A bit of rain received with more to follow for Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 39 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 27 percent fair and 8 percent good. A low temperature of 30 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 97 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 4 degrees below ... Read More »

KSU releases 2016-17 national ARC-CO projections

From Kansas State University Risk Management Agency (RMA) county yields used for the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) have been released. RMA splits all of its county yields between irrigated and nonirrigated yields so a combined yield is estimated for counties that have a combined (ALL) ARC-CO payment. Estimated ARC-CO payments for 2016/17 are derived from Kansas State University estimated Marketing Year Average ... Read More »

SCD looking for partners to protect water, benefit working lands

Funds available for conservation tillage, buffers and more It is time for agricultural and timber/forestry landowners to apply for funding to improve production on their working lands and provide environmental benefits. Landowners within the Greater Spokane River Watershed in Washington and Idaho can seek a portion of more than $15 million being invested by a bi-state partnership to improve practices ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/10: Washington Remained Mostly Dry and Smoky

There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 40 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 27 percent fair and 10 percent good. A low temperature of 45 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 103 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 5 to 13 degrees above ... Read More »

Are you putting farm safety into practice?

From Country Financial Editor’s note: It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept. 17-23. With a successful harvest comes full grain bins. Don’t get complacent and let your guard down. Did you know flowing grain moves like quicksand? It can take less than 20 seconds for an adult to get completely engulfed, and suffocate. “Anyone who enters a storage structure containing ... Read More »

Farm bill’s research investment helps farmers succeed

From Farm Policy Facts Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for the nation’s wheat farmers. Against a backdrop of disasters, falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to explain the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. ... Read More »

Washington wheat organizations urge Trump administration not to withdraw from KORUS

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) stand with others in the agricultural industry in urging the Trump Administration not to withdraw from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) “Our wheat is known throughout the world as being of the highest quality, a brand that allows us to compete in a marketplace with increasing emphasis ... Read More »