Author Archives: Trista Crossly

WAWG members participate in successful Olympia Days

Amid gray skies and heavy downpours, a large group of Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) members, leadership and staff spent two days in January crisscrossing the state capitol to visit more than 50 legislators and agency leaders. “I want to thank those members who took the time out of their busy schedules to come with us to Olympia,” said ... Read More »

State Legislative Report Feb. 16

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Today is the 36th day of the 60 day session. The focus in the Legislature this week will be on passing bills out of the house of origin. The deadline to pass bills out of the house of origin is Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. The Legislature did not work over the weekend which ... Read More »

USDA agencies improve web record access

From the Capital Press USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service have both introduced new Internet features to meet a 2014 Farm Bill mandate that they improve electronic record access for their customers. FSA Farm Plus launched in January, offering producers web-based reports on their base acres, planting histories, ownership and rental records, fields in the Conservation Reserve ... Read More »

Crop insurance industry faces continuing challenges

From Agri-Pulse If one headline could summarize the challenges confronting the crop insurance industry in 2016, it might be “No Shortage of Critics,” lamented Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director for congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, in a speech to industry leaders today. As a result, it will be even more important for all sectors of the agriculture ... Read More »

State legislative report Feb. 9

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Friday, we reached the first deadline of the legislative session. Any policy bills that did not move out of their original committee by Friday at 5 p.m. are dead for this session (unless otherwise revived). This drastically reduces the list of bills that are likely to move this session. The only legislation not covered ... Read More »

Wheat faces a double challenge

From Agri-Pulse The 150,000 to 180,000 wheat farmers in America are facing a double-barrel challenge: 1. The declining role and power of agriculture generally; and 2. The declining position of wheat farmers compared to both foreign competition and compared to other major commodities here, specifically, corn and soybeans. If anyone needs any proof of the declining role of agriculture, all ... Read More »

TPP signed, but ag leaders skeptical of passage this year

From Agri-Pulse Trade ministers have officially signed off on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but that doesn’t look to be speeding up congressional approval in the United States. The officials from 12 Pacific Rim countries gathered in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) to sign the final text of the TPP, signaling the official end of the deal’s negotiations. Attention ... Read More »

Low wheat prices to continue, economist says

From the Capital Press Northwest wheat farmers will have to rethink the definition of a “good” price during the next few years, a Washington State University economics professor says. Farmers were not happy with wheat priced at $5.99 per bushel last year, said Randy Fortenbery, professor and small grains economist at WSU. However, USDA forecasts average wheat prices at roughly ... Read More »

Ecology releases new draft clean water rule

The Department of Ecology today released a new draft clean water rule (also known as the fish consumption rule) that contains a more protective cancer risk rate, in keeping with the governor’s directive from October 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency also is preparing a rule for Washington in case the state’s rule is not finalized. EPA released its draft rule ... Read More »

State legislative report Feb. 2

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday marked the end of the third week of the legislative session. The first legislative deadline is fast approaching. All policy bills must make it out of their policy committee of house of origin (i.e. Senate bills must pass out of their Senate policy committee and House bills must pass out of their House ... Read More »