Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Weather conditions call for swift reauthorization of farm bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recent extreme winter conditions in major wheat-producing states re-affirm the need for a 2018 Farm Bill and strong federal crop insurance program. According to Radiant Solutions, a data collection and analysis company based in Herndon, Va., “Solid snow cover in the northern Plains and Midwest gave wheat fields enough protection from the bitter cold conditions, ... Read More »

Attorneys general take action against Prop 65 regulation on glyphosate

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Attorneys General in Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin have filed an amicus brief in support of the preliminary injunction sought by agriculture groups against California’s flawed Prop 65 regulation. In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce filed their ... Read More »

RMA announces spring crop expansions in Idaho, Washington

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces the expansion of Multi-Peril Crop Insurance for the 2018 crop year. The policy for buckwheat will now be available in Adams County, Washington; Dry beans in Franklin County, Idaho; and dry peas in Benton County, Washington. All three policies provide coverage for damage resulting from naturally occurring events, similar to ... Read More »

WAWG takes part in WPC’s final farm hall series in Spokane

By Trista Crossley The Washington Policy Center wrapped up 2017’s Farm Hall Series in Spokane last month, bringing together elected officials and agricultural industry leaders to answer questions from farmers and ranchers and to look at some of the issues facing agriculture in the coming year. Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), joined Sen. Mark ... Read More »

Governor’s proposed budget includes fossil fuel carbon tax

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Dec. 14, Gov. Jay Inslee released his proposed supplemental operating budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. The supplemental operating budget makes tweaks to the current $43.7 billion, two-year state budget that was adopted earlier this year. The Governor proposes tapping into the state’s reserves by almost a billion dollars to respond to a recent Supreme ... Read More »

Tax reform bill passes Senate, House

The  tax reform bill has passed the U.S. Senate and House and is now headed to the president’s desk. While many details about the bill are still unknown, some information about how it might affect farmers is starting to trickle out. Follow these links for more information: K-Coe Isom, a firm that provides consulting and CPA services in the food and ... Read More »

Judge declares clean air rule invalid

From the Association of Washington Business A Thurston County judge blocked the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Clean Air Rule from moving forward, saying the state lacks the authority to implement it without legislative approval. Ecology implemented the rule in 2016 at the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee. A coalition of employer groups led by the Association of Washington ... Read More »

Senator: GOP holding firm on Hirst, budget

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said last week that Senate Republicans should stop the “high jinks” and pass a capital budget, but the GOP lawmaker who held up the budget said he believes Republicans will hold firm until Democrats embrace a “good Hirst fix.” Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said a plan outlined Thursday by Democrats to reopen some ... Read More »

Inslee to propose Washington carbon tax

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee presented a budget Thursday that relies on a two-year, $1.5 billion carbon tax to speed-up and sustain higher teacher salaries ordered by the state Supreme Court. Inslee, speaking at a press conference, said putting a price on greenhouse gases will help K-12 education and respond to climate change. Read the rest of ... Read More »

WAWG president follows family legacy of leadership

From the Capital Press Leadership runs in Marci Green’s family. Her father, Karl Felgenhauer, was a longtime board member of the Washington Wheat Commission, now the Washington Grain Commission. Her great uncle, Jack Felgenhauer, was a president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Green has also served on local boards and other organizations. “I just feel like it’s important ... Read More »