Author Archives: Trista Crossly

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 »

Washington Dems float rural well bill

From the Capital Press Democrats outlined a plan Tuesday to help fish while curtailing withdrawals from new rural wells, redistributing water in the wake of the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. The proposal could allow more farm families to drill wells for homes. But it would limit withdrawals to 350 gallons a day, as opposed to the current cap of ... Read More »

Ag census under way

From Farm Policy Facts Farmers and ranchers across America will have their voices heard in the USDA Census of Agriculture, and the data collected in the coming months will certainly help shape agricultural policy for years to come. The census began in 1840 and is conducted every 5 years to get a complete picture of American agriculture. Farm operations that produced ... Read More »

Budget likely to have big impacts on 2018 Farm Bill

By Trista Crossley Wheat Life Editor As the clock begins ticking louder on the 2018 Farm Bill, Josh Tonsager, the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) vice president of policy and communications, gave a farm bill update at last month’s Tri-State Grain Growers Convention. “From a national level, we’ve (NAWG) been interacting regularly with House and Senate ag committee staffs ... Read More »

Let’s level the playing field for wheat

By Gordon Stoner For The Hill The United States is known for producing the highest quality wheat in the world, yet when U.S. farmers market their wheat at a Canadian elevator, it is automatically labeled as “foreign wheat” and given the lowest possible grade (a way to measure grain quality). Cross-border wheat faces major hurdles in Canadian marketing channels, primarily ... Read More »

Ag coalition asks federal court to halt California’s flawed Prop 65 requirement

A national coalition of agriculture groups led by the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is seeking to immediately halt the California state’s misguided labeling requirement for glyphosate, citing irreparable harm to American farmers, consumers and the nation’s agriculture economy.  The agriculture coalition has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of ... Read More »

Education funding back on legislative agenda for 2018 session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 8, 2018, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session in Olympia for a “short” session that is scheduled to last only 60 days. The 60-day short sessions are typically used for tweaking the biennial budgets approved in odd-number years, not for major overhauls. However, a recent order from the Washington State ... Read More »