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Legislative update: Bills pass first major hurdle

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By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyst Last Friday, we reached the first deadline of the legislative session.  Any policy bills that did not move out of their original committee by last Friday at 5 p.m. are dead for this session (unless otherwise revived). This drastically reduces the list of bills that are likely to move this session. The only legislation not ... Read More »

Growers testify in Senate committee work session on DNR bill

Benton County wheat grower Chad Smith (center) testifies in front of the Washington State Senate’s Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee during a public hearing on SB 5051, a bill relating to nondefault termination provisions in state land leases for agricultural or grazing purposes. Looking on are Washington Association of Wheat Growers Lobbyist Diana Carlen (right) and Benton County grower Nicole Berg. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Legislative Support Services.

By Trista Crossley During last month’s trip to Olympia to advocate for the Washington wheat industry, several members and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) testified in front of the Washington State Senate’s Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee during a public hearing on SB 5051, a bill relating to nondefault termination provisions in state land ... Read More »

Legislative update: Senate regains majority

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Friday was the 28th day of the 2017 Legislative Session and the end of week 4. There have been 1721 bills introduced thus far. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 17 when all policy bills must pass out of their policy committee to remain alive. Senate republicans regain their majority after a temporary tie Last week, the Senate was temporarily tied ... Read More »

WAWG leadership in action

The group takes a break from meetings for a picture outside the Capitol Building.

For the past week, leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been back in Washington, D.C., meeting with our congressional delegation and taking part in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter board meeting.   Read More »

WAWG sets out 2017 federal priorities

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This week, the leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers is in Washington, D.C., to meet with the state’s federal delegation as well as agency heads. The 2017 federal priorities the association will be discussing include: • WAWG supports maintaining and an increase of funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. ... Read More »

Legislative update: Senate temporarily tied at 24-24

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By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Senate republicans have temporarily lost the majority due to one of their members, Sen. Brian Dansel (R-Republic), resigning last week to take a job in the Trump Administration as a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. With Dansel’s resignation, the Senate is currently tied at 24-24 until a replacement is appointed to fill the ... Read More »

Wheat growers head to nation’s capital to focus on trade, the future farm bill and to build relationships

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Fresh off their successful lobbying trip to Olympia, leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers are headed to Washington, D.C., next week to take their message to a national stage. “Many of our issues, such as maintaining and expanding overseas markets with sound trade policies, improving on farm bill programs that are critical for risk management and ... Read More »

Sen. Sharon Brown on week 3 of the 2017 Legislative Session

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Last week during our annual lobbying trip to Olympia, several members of our party testified at a Senate ag committee hearing on a bill that would require the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to provide at least 180 days written notice for early termination of leases. Sen. Sharon Brown sponsored the bill, and in this legislative update, she gives ... Read More »

Washington ag eyes better trade deals as Trump nixes trade deal

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Editor’s note: WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings is quoted in this story. From the Tri-City Herald The Trans-Pacific Partnership would have opened new markets and reduced tariffs for a variety of Washington-produced crops. But as President Donald Trump removes the U.S. from the controversial and complex TPP agreement, Washington’s trade-dependent agricultural industry reacted with a mix of disappointment and relief. Read the rest of ... Read More »

Growers testify in Senate ag committee work session on DNR bill

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On Thursday, members and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers testified in front of the Washington State Senate’s Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee during a public hearing on SB 5051, a bill relating to non-default termination provisions in state land leases for agricultural or grazing purposes. Chad Smith and Nicole Berg, both wheat farmers from Benton ... Read More »