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Legislative update: Partial state government shutdown looms

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From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee called a third special session for legislators to finalize a state operating budget for 2017-2019. If legislators do not agree on a budget that the governor will sign by midnight on June 30, there will a partial state government shutdown. When calling the third special session, the governor stated that he would ... Read More »

Farm state senators to USTR: On NAFTA, do no harm


From Farm Policy News The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Farm state lawmakers expressed concern regarding agriculture and NAFTA renegotiation, admonishing the executive branch to “do no harm” with respect to gains in agricultural trade that have resulted from the agreement. Timelines for ... Read More »

Exploring how ag speaks environmental at WPC panel

(From left) Washington Association of Wheat Growers Vice President Marci Green joined dairy farmer Julie Loveall and rancher Dick Coon at the Washington Policy Center’s Solutions Summit in Spokane to talk about how farmers and ranchers protect the state’s natural resources through technology and innovative equipment. The panel was moderated by Madilynne Clark (right), the Washington Policy Center’s agriculture director.

By Trista Crossley For an industry that feeds and clothes the nation, not to mention much of the world, agriculture seems to be constantly under fire, accused of practices that are harmful to the environment and consumers. Last month, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Vice President Marci Green took part in a panel designed to address some of those misconceptions ... Read More »

Outreach help wanted

WAWG is run by farmers who volunteer their time and energy. As such, the organization is always looking for people to help out at education events, such as farm fairs, expos and the recent Almira Ag STEM day (above). Marci Green, WAWG vice president, puts out the request for more volunteers. She says: “The educational events are usually in spring, ... Read More »

WAWG opposes the administration’s proposed budget cuts to crop insurance, trade development programs

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With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) expresses a great deal of concern over significant reductions to risk management programs, trade development programs, and more. WAWG President Ben Adams, a wheat grower from Coulee City, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management and market access programs are critical to ... Read More »

Barley leaf rust is found east of the Cascades

Barley leaf rust on May 18, 2017.

By Dr. Xianming Chen Barley leaf rust Barley leaf rust (caused by Puccinia hordei) was found in a couple of fields planted with facultative winter barley variety ‘Maja’ in Walla Walla County, Wash., near the Oregon border. By May 18, rust incidence was 100 percent and severity ranged from 40 to 100 percent.  According to the grower, the fields were planted last October ... Read More »

Wheat industry looks for new NAFTA opportunities, but priority remains do no harm


U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) urge caution today as the Trump Administration officially submitted to Congress its notice of intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The U.S. wheat industry welcomes the opportunity for improving the framework for cross border wheat trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico, but ... Read More »

Weather still conducive for stripe rust

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By Dr. Xianming Chen May 5, 2017 On May 2-3, we were planting spring nurseries and taking stripe rust notes in Mount Vernon (Skagit County), Wash. Winter wheat ranged Feekes 5 to 7. As usual, wheat stripe rust developed up to 40 percent severity on susceptible varieties. Barley stripe rust was found only in two rows of the same susceptible check ... Read More »

Legislator hears growers’ concerns on farm bill priorities

Whitman County grower Larry Cochran (right) voices some of his concerns to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) during her farm bill listening session in Colfax last month.

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers took the opportunity in mid-April, while Congress was in Easter recess, to hold a farm bill listening session with growers in Colfax, Wash. “Most of you are aware that the farm bill is up to be reauthorized in 2018, and this is intended to be an initial conversation about the farm bill,” McMorris Rodgers said, ... Read More »