Current Issues

Washington grower is winner of yield contest 3rd year in a row

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest “A special congratulations to Phillip Gross (of Adams County ... Read More »

WAWG joins coalition opposed to carbon initiative

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has joined The NO on 1631 Coalition, which opposes Initiative 1631, the Carbon Emission Fee Measure. I-1631 would enact a carbon emissions fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon on certain large emitters beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Each year, that fee would increase by $2 until the state’s 2035 greenhouse gas reduction ... Read More »

WAWG leaders emphasize farm bill at September DC fly-in

Advocacy is like seeding—timing is everything. That’s why the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) held another policy fly-in in mid-September as the conference committee continues to try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Marci Green, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG); Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director; and Nicole Berg, WAWG’s ... Read More »

Spokane County issue highlights importance of NASS survey information

By Trista Crossley What happens when not enough surveys are turned into the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)? Farmers in Spokane County found out the hard way when they didn’t get a 2017 Agricultural Risk Coverage payment for low yields in spring wheat. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) bases Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and the Price Loss Coverage (PCC) program ... Read More »

Washington wheat organizations call for immediate short-term extension on farm bill

Absent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) are urging the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to immediately pass a short-term extension while continuing to work to pass a final bill as quickly as possible “Dragging this process out only adds to the uncertainty farmers are already facing ... Read More »

WAWG president’s testimony at House Natural Resources Committee hearing

Sept. 10, 2018 Good Morning Chairman Bishop, Ranking Member Grijalva, and the esteemed Members of the House Natural Resources Committee, For the record, my name is Marci Green.  I am a sixth-generation farmer from Fairfield, Washington. My sons are seventh-generation wheat farmers.  On our farm, we grow wheat, blue grass seed, dry peas, lentils and garbanzo beans. I am also the ... Read More »

U.S. Wheat Associates welcomes formal trade talks with Japan

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is excited to hear that the Trump Administration and the Japanese government are taking formal steps toward trade negotiations. The announcement today to “further expand trade and investment between the United States and Japan in a mutually beneficial manner” has the potential to eliminate a dangerous vulnerability for U.S. wheat farmers. Over ... Read More »

New KORUS agreement signed

An updated Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was signed today by President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The KORUS amendments include several revamped customs guidelines, provisions to prevent Korean discrimination against U.S. pharmaceutical exports, and a doubling of the amount of cars — from 25,000 to 50,000 — the U.S. can export to South Korea without being ... Read More »

NAWG, USW welcome attention on trade policy risks, opportunities

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) appreciate the Senate Agriculture Committee holding a hearing on “Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade” Sept. 13, 2018, focused on the Trump Administration’s trade agenda. The organizations are encouraged that Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow, as well as the members of the administration who testified today, recognize the ... Read More »