Current Issues

WAWG’s year in review

A look back at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) activities over the past 12 months… July 2017 Proving there’s never a bad time for advocacy, members of the WAWG leadership team make a midsummer trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby on issues important to wheat growers. The group, which includes Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director; Marci Green, WAWG ... Read More »

Trade conflict with China already hurting U.S. farm families

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates From March to June over the past three years, Chinese flour milling companies and their importers purchased an average of about 20 million bushels of U.S. wheat, returning well over $145 million to American farm families and grain handlers. Not in 2018, however. Unable to accept the risk of ... Read More »

NAWG urges senators to oppose cuts to crop insurance

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), along with many state wheat grower organizations, sent a letter from more than 638 organizations to the Senate urging them to oppose the introduction of harmful crop insurance amendments as the farm bill moves to the floor. In the letter, NAWG states its opposition to harmful amendments that would reduce or limit participation in ... Read More »

NAWG responds to House passing its 2018 Farm Bill

Yesterday, with a vote of 213-211, the House of Representatives passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG commends the House of Representatives for working to move the farm bill forward and passed out of the Chamber. It’s vital for a final farm bill ... Read More »

Give U.S. wheat farmers the freedom to compete

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates The familiar African proverb says that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Unfortunately for America’s farmers, that grass is the wheat growing in their fields as the big guys in Washington, D.C., and Beijing escalate their trade fight. China’s state-run importing agency and private flour millers ... Read More »

Stripe rust report 06/16

By Dr. Xianming Chen In the Pacific Northwest, most fields of winter wheat have passed the flowering stage, and some winter wheat fields have reached the ripening stage. In general, winter wheat crops are in good condition and stripe rust is under control. In contrast, stripe rust has developed to the highest severity level on susceptible varieties in our experimental ... Read More »

One-year extension available to some expiring CRP contracts

From the Farm Service Agency As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between ... Read More »

Asotin County wheat growers award scholarship

Alicia Heitstuman, daughter of Sam and Linda Heitstuman of Clarkston, Wash., has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Asotin County wheat growers. Alicia grew up on her family’s farm and ranch and got involved in 4-H when she was nine years old. She has taken a steer to the Asotin County Fair for the past 10 years and is ... Read More »