Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Ag groups relieved by rail deadline extension

From the Capital Press Congress has extended a deadline for railroads to implement new safety technology, which transportation experts say should avert potential disruptions to commodity markets. Under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, railroads had until the end of 2015 to implement Positive Train Control, designed to automatically prevent derailments and train collisions in the event of operator ... Read More »

Crop insurance cuts reversed

From DTN Plans to make some $3 billion in cuts to the federal crop insurance program in the next eight years were reversed after members of the House Agriculture Committee announced Wednesday an agreement had been made with House leadership to leave the program alone as part of a two-year budget deal. In a press statement issued Wednesday afternoon House ... Read More »

‘Devastating’ crop insurance cut sends lawmakers scrambling

From Agri-Pulse Members of the House Agriculture Committee were waging a last-minute, uphill fight to stop a $3 billion cut to crop insurers that’s contained in a two-year budget agreement between congressional leaders and the White House. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said he was trying to persuade House GOP leaders to roll back the cut before the House ... Read More »

Wheat growers invited to governor’s mansion for planting, baking demonstration

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) favorite grain will be taking up residence in a new home today, as Washington State University bread lab graduate students will be planting wheat at the Governor’s mansion in Olympia. On hand to welcome the seeds to their new plot will be Larry Cochran, WAWG President, and Nicole Berg, WAWG Past President. “We ... Read More »

USDA issues first ARC, PLC payments

From Agri-Pulse Farm program checks totaling nearly $4 billion could start arriving as early as today in farmers’ bank accounts across the country, providing a much needed boost while many commodity prices are falling. However, many of those who signed up for the new farm bill programs will find themselves empty-handed in this first round of payments. The U.S. Department of ... Read More »

Wheat farmers invited to offer input on WSU presidential search

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR There is no greater responsibility for the Washington State University Board of Regents than selecting and retaining the best possible presidential leadership. It is an honor for me to invite and welcome your participation. As we begin the process to engage WSU’s 11th president, we have an opportunity to focus—together—on our major ... Read More »

Stabenow eyes GMO labeling bill by end of year

From Agri-Pulse Federal regulators defended the safety of biotech foods at a congressional hearing Wednesday as senators prepared the groundwork for moving a compromise bill to block states from requiring labels on GMO products. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow, who is playing a leading role in negotiations on a compromise bill, announced that she hoped to ... Read More »

Growers gear up to defend state ag tax preferences

Some of the most helpful tax preferences for farmers and ranchers are up for review in the 2016 Washington state legislative session. Many have received preliminary recommendations from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) to be further reviewed and clarified. The tax credits for diesel fuel used on farms and for farm machinery replacement parts are among the ... Read More »

Examining the new CRP changes, and what they mean for Washington wheat

By Keva Herron Guszkowski WAWG Policy Director The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is important to many wheat farmers because it helps them address natural resource concerns, such as water and air quality, soil erosion, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, wildlife habitat preservation and emergency response for natural disasters. CRP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency ... Read More »

Forecast confirms warm winter awaits Washington

From the Capital Press The U.S. Climate Prediction Center reinforced yesterday that Washington can expect a winter similar to last year’s, which led to one of the state’s worse droughts on record. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »