Current Issues

Study reveals critical role of food, ag sectors in feeding the economy

A nationwide economic impact study found that more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors. Further, it found that more than one-fourth of all American jobs are similarly connected. This research, available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com, was commissioned by a group of 23 food and agriculture organizations. Among the most important findings: Total Jobs:​ ... Read More »

WAWG goes to Washington (D.C. that is)

Trade, farm bill implementation top list of grower concerns in discussions with federal delegation Washington Association of Wheat Growers leaders and staff barely had time to unpack their suitcases from the 2019 Olympia Days trip before flying off to Washington, D.C., to meet with Washington state’s federal delegation and participate in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter meetings. “Winter ... Read More »

Olympia Days are here again

Growers criss cross state capital to meet with legislators on both sides of the aisle What do you get when you mix more than two dozen wheat growers, nearly 50 meetings with legislators and sit downs with top state agency officials? A successful 2019 Olympia Days trip, of course. Growers and Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) staff flooded the ... Read More »

Legislative update 0305: Clean energy bill moves forward

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 51 of the 2019 Legislative Session. This past Friday, March 1, was the fiscal committee cutoff, the deadline by which nonbudget bills had to be passed out of fiscal committees in order to remain alive. Now that the deadline has passed, most committees will not meet for the next week and a ... Read More »

Meet our new board members

Over the past few months, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has welcomed several new board members. Here’s an introduction to some of them: Michele Kiesz, Adams County Most of the current WAWG board members are primarily dryland wheat growers. Michele Kiesz’s family farm in the Columbia Basin, however, is irrigated, but her husband, Randy, is a dryland wheat ... Read More »

Legislative update 0226: Transportation packages unveiled

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday was the first cut-off of the 2019 Legislative Session. Cut-off dates play a crucial role in the legislative process as any bills that have not made it out of a policy committee are considered “dead” and no longer eligible to move forward this year. Legislation not covered by Friday’s deadline include bills that ... Read More »

Legislative update 0219: First deadline approaches

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 37th day of the 2019 Legislative Session. Committees are still holding hearings on new bills and holding executive action where they pass bills out of policy and fiscal committees. Revised drafts and amendments to bills are constantly being released which require review and input before they are voted out of committee. Friday ... Read More »

Legislative update 0212: Lovelett appointed; pesticide bill gets public hearing

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Tuesday marked day 30 of the 2019 Legislative Session. We are more than a quarter through with the legislative session. It was a busy week last week, although the pace of bill introductions has slowed. Week 5 is off to a slower start, as all legislative committees were cancelled Monday, Feb. 11, due to heavy ... Read More »

Legislative update 0205: Pesticide bill passes out of committee

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday marked day 23 of the legislative session. So far, 1739 bills have been introduced. Committees have already begun passing bills out of committee to move them along in the process. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 22, 2019, when all bills must pass out of their respective policy committee to remain alive. Senate Labor ... Read More »

USDA awards ag trade promotion program funding

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. The ATP is one of three USDA programs created to mitigate the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. ... Read More »