Current Issues

Taskforce team begins interviews for state’s dam study

Back in September, Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), took part in a stakeholder interview held by a consulting team hired by the Washington State Governor’s Office to talk about the potential impacts of breaching the lower Snake River dams. The Washington State Legislature earmarked $750,000 in the 2019-21 operating budget to have the ... Read More »

Take a (virtual) trip down the river

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. Wheat Associates Assistant Director Michael Anderson recently spent a week on a tugboat that was pushing grain barges down the Snake, Columbia and Willamette rivers from Lewiston, Idaho, to Portland, Ore. Read More »

Revised China tariff quota rules could have significant impact on U.S. wheat exports

By Dalton Henry, USW Vice President of Policy While the trade policy headlines from the month of October have mostly been written about a possible “phase one” trade deal between the United States and China, much less has been said about the recently revised and published China Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) rules for importing wheat and other agricultural products—though their ... Read More »

Charting a path through a rearranged global economy

By Trista Crossley For a guy who routinely talks about the end of the world order as we know it, Peter Zeihan sure is popular. Zeihan, a geopolitical strategist, book author and popular speaker, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention Nov. 13-16 at the Davenport Grand in Spokane, Wash. He last spoke ... Read More »

Navigating through a field of dreams

By Trista Crossley Every speaker needs a hook, and Jim Morris has a great one. “I had a movie made about me that had a good looking guy play me,” Morris explained. Morris will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention Nov. 13-16 at the Davenport Grand in Spokane, Wash. The movie he is ... Read More »

Calling all producers

There’ll be something for everyone at the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention When: Nov. 13-16 Where: Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane, Wash. What: Register here It hardly seems possible, but once again, the annual Tri-State Grain Growers Convention is almost here. This year’s gathering will be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., Nov. 13-16. As in years past, ... Read More »

Wheat ambassador program accepting applications

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is now accepting applications for the Wheat Ambassador Program. The program offers leadership and advocacy opportunities within the wheat industry and is open to children of WAWG members who are entering their senior year of high school. Any assistance in encouraging eligible students to apply would be greatly appreciated! Program information can be ... Read More »

U.S.-Japan tariff agreement signed; wheat growers take a deep breath of satisfaction

Wind out of the West today was the collective sigh of relief by thousands of wheat farmers, landlords and agribusinesses in Eastern Washington upon hearing news that a trade agreement had been signed between the U.S. and Japan. The agreement will put U.S. wheat on an equal footing into Japan as wheat from Canada and Australia. Beginning in 2018, those ... Read More »

U.S.-Japan agreement good deal for wheat farmers, customers

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers The tariff agreement signed today by U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is a most welcome deal that will keep exports of U.S. wheat flowing to a very large and crucial market for U.S. farmers. “This agreement puts U.S. wheat back on equal footing with ... Read More »