Author Archives: Trista Crossly

USDA reopens continuous CRP sign-up

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs. “USDA offers a variety of conservation programs to farmers and ranchers, and the Conservation Reserve Program ... Read More »

Forward progress on farm bill implementation

By Trista Crossley Nearly five months after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, implementation continues to move forward. In March, many of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies held listening sessions to gain input from stakeholders and the public on farm bill implementation. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has been monitoring the process closely and ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0512: Washington livestock on pastures with warm weather

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.9 the previous week. Livestock were on pastures in Western Washington. Most ranchers finished calving and first cut of haylage was harvested. Vegetable growers along the Puget Sound transplanted seedlings. There were some operations that baled dry hay—the earliest for dry hay in recent memory. ... Read More »

Trade war between the US and China heats up

Michelle Jones, a fourth-generation wheat farmer discussed the ongoing and escalating trade war between the United States and China on ABC News over the weekend. Watch the video here. Read More »

Stripe rust report 0509: Stripe rust found in Franklin County

By Dr. Xianming Chen Yesterday, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla and Franklin counties in Washington and Umatilla County in Oregon. Winter wheat ranged from early jointing (Feekes 5) to heading (Feekes 10). Stripe rust was found in several locations. At Central Ferry in Garfield County, severe stripe rust was found on squirreltail (wild rye) ... Read More »

Leading ag commodities oppose additional tariffs on Chinese goods

Today, the U.S. Trade Representative moved forward with increasing the tariff rate from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Farmers across the country are extremely concerned by the actions taken today by President Trump and his administration. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the American Soybean Association (ASA), and the National Corn Growers Association ... Read More »

No clean winners, losers in China trade dispute, WSU expert says

From the Spokesman-Review The short-term results of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China are clear for Eastern Washington: The value of agricultural exports including wheat, apples and cherries will be reduced. T. Randall Fortenbery, the Thomas B. Mick economics endowed chair at Washington State University, studied the impacts and said those damaging effects for Washington state are evident. Read ... Read More »

In defense of the lower Snake River dams

Editor’s note: This is an Op Ed the Washington Association of Wheat Growers submitted to regional newspapers in May. In agriculture, everything is cyclical. The same seems to be true of the lower Snake River dams. Every few years, advocates of breaching the dams start speaking out on why they should be torn down, and the communities and industries that ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0505: Sunny days, blooming orchards in Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.0 the previous week. The Puget Sound had warm daytime temperatures, abundant sunshine and cool nights. Fieldwork and planting were in full swing. Spinach, beets, spring wheat, barley and potatoes were planted. Conditions were dry. Late apples bloomed, and berry crops were leafing out. Annual ... Read More »

North Dakota Grain Growers Association chooses to leave NAWG

From the National Association of Wheat Growers It is with much disappointment to announce that the North Dakota Grain Growers Association (NDGGA) has decided to withdraw their membership from the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), effective June 30, 2019, the end of NAWG’s current fiscal year. NAWG President Ben Scholz made the following statement in response: “Despite tremendous effort ... Read More »