Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Farm group meets EPA’s fee for What’s Upstream records

From the Capital Press A Washington state farm group this week assured the Environmental Protection Agency that it will pay $2,000 for records related to the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign. Save Family Farming, whose members include Western Washington diaries under scrutiny by environmental groups, wants to know the depth of EPA’s involvement and its motives for funding the campaign, the ... Read More »

The election season is underway…

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Washington Association of Wheat Growers Lobbyist Diana Carlen has provided the following summary of who has filed for office in Washington state this election cycle. Senate The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus currently control the Senate by 26-23. The major races in the Senate are as follows: · 43rd District (Mercer Island): Sen. Steve Litzow (R) ... Read More »

Congress acts on key funding priorities for wheat production system

By Josh Tonsager Legislative Director, National Association of Wheat Growers Congressional action this year on policy priorities important to wheat farmers has taken some unexpected turns, and the outlook for the legislative process is unclear. By now, this should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following Congress the past several years. What should come as a ... Read More »

May 26 stripe rust update

Stripe rust found throughout Pacific Northwest wheat fields By Xianming Chen Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS We were checking wheat and barley fields on May 25 in Latah County of Idaho and Whitman, Spokane, Lincoln, Grant, Douglas and Adams counties of Washington. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 10 (boot) to Feekes 10.5.4 (milk), and spring wheat and barley ranged From Feekes 1 ... Read More »

McGregor Company awards scholarships to PNW students

The McGregor Company will award 10 Standing Tall for American Agriculture scholarships to regional high school seniors this spring. The 2016 graduating high school seniors who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship are: • Marisa Lustig, Cottonwood, Idaho • Anthony Wiley, Prosser, Wash. • Madison Fisher, Wilder, Idaho • Kenton Lyman, Colfax, Wash. • Miles Maxcer, Moscow, Idaho • Hallie ... Read More »

House defeats waterways funding bill

From Agri-Pulse A spending bill that included a rider to stop the Obama administration from implementing its “waters of the U.S.” rule failed in the House after conservatives bolted over an amendment that was adopted to protect LGBT rights. The defeat of the bill threw in doubt the open amendment process that the GOP leadership was using to debate appropriations ... Read More »

NAWG hires new CEO

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has selected Chandler Goule as it’s new chief executive officer, replacing Jim Palmer who stepped down to spend more time with his family on his Missouri farm. Goule will assume his responsibilities on July 5. Most recently, Goule served as senior vice president of programs at the National Farmers Union (NFU) where he ... Read More »

Senate committee advances FY 2017 ag appropriations

From NAWG Last Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the Senate version of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The bill includes $21.25 billion in discretionary spending, including $2.54 billion for ag research through the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food Agriculture (AFRI). Additionally, similar to the House version, the Senate bill increases funding for ... Read More »

An alternative take on ITC’s mixed score for wheat under TPP

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers On May 18, the International Trade Commission (ITC) released its highly anticipated report on the economic impacts expected to accrue from the adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For the entire agriculture and food sector, the report forecasts a $7.2 billion increase in exports or a growth of about ... Read More »

ITC report shows farmers reaping big gains from TPP

From Agri-Pulse The Trans-Pacific Partnership would reduce the U.S. trade deficit and increate jobs throughout the country, but some of the biggest gains would be for the agriculture sector, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report released Wednesday evening. The report concludes that if the TPP were implemented agricultural exports would rise by about $7.2 billion per year by 2032. Imports ... Read More »