Author Archives: Trista Crossly

How U.S. farmers would gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

From The Wall Street Journal The White House is in an uphill battle to win support in Congress this year for the sweeping 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and a key figure in the negotiations, is helping to lead that charge. At The Wall ... Read More »

McLaughlin, Franz face off in race for lands commissioner

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist After a crowded field of seven candidates in the primary election, only two candidates remain in the race for the Commissioner of Public Lands, the position that heads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The two finalists are Republican Steve McLaughlin and Democrat Hilary Franz. The current commissioner, Peter Goldmark, is not seeking ... Read More »

No surprises for wheat farmers in USDA supply-and-demand report

From the Capital Press The USDA’s latest supply-and-demand report held no surprises for wheat farmers, market analysts say. “This is probably the most well-anticipated report I have ever seen,” said Dan Steiner, grain merchant for Morrow County Grain Growers. “As far as excitement or market movement, it’s completely boring.” The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projects U.S. ending ... Read More »

NAWG calls on Congress to fund public education on biotechnology in ag

Last week, NAWG signed on to a letter to the U.S. Senate and House leadership supporting the inclusion of $3 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The funds will be applied to informing the public about the benefits realized by the application of biotechnology to food and agriculture production. Since ... Read More »

New tool helps growers identify herbicide mechanisms of action

Herbicide resistant weeds are a growing concern in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. and globally. One of the key tactics in the fight against herbicide resistant weeds is to alternate or combine herbicides with different modes of action; however, it is often difficult for growers to know what active ingredient(s) are in the jug they just bought and what mechanism(s) or ... Read More »

Frequently asked questions: Low falling number and wheat

From Washington State University  “Falling numbers” refers to a test for increased alpha amylase activity, an enzyme, which when present, can significantly reduce grain quality. The lower the number, the higher the enzyme activity, and thus the lower the quality. 1. What is the falling number test? What exactly does it measure and why is this important to the buyers ... Read More »

WAWG discusses falling number discounts/crop insurance on RFDTV

WAWG’s Executive Director Michelle Hennings talked to RFDTV yesterday morning about the double whammy being felt by producers who have low falling numbers and are getting dinged at the crop insurance level. “When producers go in to renew their crop insurance policy, whether they take a claim or not for falling numbers, they are still being docked for yield. Our question ... Read More »

WSU begins search for next CAHNRS dean

From the Capital Press Washington State University will soon begin its nationwide search for the next dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, a top university official says. “We expect this position to be highly desirable,” said Dan Bernardo, WSU provost and executive vice president. “What has gone on in Washington State over the last decade ... Read More »

Farm income seen flat in 2017

From Agri-Pulse Net farm income is likely to be flat next year despite an increase in government payments but should improve somewhat in the following two years, according to a new analysis. The report by the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) projects that net farm income will fall by more than $10 billion this year to $69.6 ... Read More »

Extension agent receives national award

From the Capital Press Stephen Van Vleet has received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The award is given to Cooperative Extension educators with more than 10 years of service who have exhibited excellence in their work. “It’s a nice honor because it’s an award that shows that you’re working with the growers ... Read More »