Author Archives: Trista Crossly

EPA weighs in on glyphosate, says it likely doesn’t cause cancer

From NPR No chemical used by farmers, it seems, gets more attention than glyphosate, also known by its trade name, Roundup. That’s mainly because it is a cornerstone of the shift to genetically modified crops, many of which have been modified to tolerate glyphosate. This, in turn, persuaded farmers to rely on this chemical for easy control of their weeds. ... Read More »

Ecology releases clean air rule

From the Washington State Department of Ecology In an effort to protect all that Washington has to offer future generations, the Washington Department of Ecology is launchinga new plan to combat climate change. After months of stakeholder meetings, and public review and input, Ecology yesterday adopted a first-of-its-kind clean air rule that caps and reduces carbon pollution. “Today marks a watershed ... Read More »

NAWG CEO discusses wheat’s priorities with Congressional ag leadership

This week, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule met with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to discuss the difficult economic conditions in wheat country and NAWG’s policy priorities. NAWG Vice President David Schemm was in town for part of the ... Read More »

Lawmakers, farm groups express concern about Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto

From Agri-Pulse Bayer’s plan to take over Monsanto is triggering some alarm bells within some of the nation’s largest farm organizations, and lawmakers are taking note, too. The $66 billion deal (including debt) that was announced by Bayer and Monsanto Wednesday morning could potentially create the world’s largest crop protection and seed company – if regulators approve.  Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Younger farm operators less likely to own all of the land they farm

Farms can be classified as full-owner, part-owner or full-tenant operations based on whether the farmer owns all, some or none of the land in the operation. In 2014, 60 percent of farmland acres in the U.S. were found in part-owner operations, 32 percent in full-owner operations and 8 percent in full-tenant operations. Acreage in full-tenant operations make up a much higher ... Read More »

Bill to improve access to conservation programs introduced

From the National Association of Wheat Growers This week, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced the Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act which is a bipartisan effort to improve farmer access to the voluntary farm conservation programs run through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NRCS works with farmers to improve ... Read More »

Industry meeting considers falling numbers problem

Recently, several members of Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ leadership team and staff took part in a meeting with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to discuss the high rates of low falling numbers in this year’s soft white wheat harvest. “It was an informative meeting with many different aspects of the falling number problem discussed,” said WAWG Executive Director Michelle ... Read More »

NRCS releases updated CSP enhancement

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is undertaking a refresh of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new fiscal year 2017 enrollments and recently posted new and revised enhancements and program information on its website. NAWG’s Environment and Renewable Resources Committee and staff have been working with NRCS, participating in listening sessions and briefings throughout ... Read More »

Decade lows in wheat prices support need for effective farm bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Record yields across the U.S. and favorable conditions around the world this harvest season have brought the lowest price of wheat in nearly a decade, with wheat futures down, causing a dilemma for elevator operators as an oversupply of wheat has caused overcapacity in some areas. Affecting everyone from farmers to agriculture suppliers, ... Read More »

Why should grain producers respond to NASS surveys?

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Over the next couple of months, NASS will be contacting grain producers in order to determine county-level yield estimates, which will have an impact on farm programs. Here are just some of the reasons why it is important that farmers accurately fill out those surveys. As a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... Read More »