Current Issues

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 »

Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

From the Spokesman-Review The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy this season, as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said Wednesday. Scott Yates, the director of communications for the Washington Grain Commission, and Creston-area farmer Mike Carstensen both were featured speakers Wednesday at the Spokane ... Read More »

USDA aid package fails to consider all commodities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of the $12 billion package of aid to farmers hurt by retaliation resulting from the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. According to the USDA press announcement, assistance to wheat growers will be 14¢ per bushel. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, ... Read More »

A quick glance at the Market Facilitation Program

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting ... Read More »

Court decision leaves state responsible for fixing culverts

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in what is known as the “Culvert Case.” The Culvert Case involves a 17-year battle over who pays to install or replace stream culverts where salmon are blocked. The effect of the tie decision means that the lower court decision stands, requiring Washington ... Read More »

WAWG spends week in DC highlighting state’s ag industry

Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) President Marci Green and WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings were in Washington, D.C., last month to take part in the WSU/WSDA Taste of Washington D.C. Trip, which showcased the Evergreen State’s agricultural industry to Congress. As part of the trip, Hennings and Green were also able to lobby policymakers during a critical time in ... Read More »

House ag chair visits with Eastern Washington farmers

By Trista Crossley Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) spent Wednesday morning talking about the 2018 Farm Bill, trade and market access program funding with Eastern Washington agricultural stakeholders during a breakfast meeting in Spokane, Wash. Representing the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) at the breakfast were Marci Green, ... Read More »

Falling number appears in wheat, not as ‘massive’ as 2016

From the Capital Press Roughly half of falling number tests in the Spokane office of the state grain inspection program so far have been below the industry standard of 300, says Scott Steinbacher, Eastern Washington regional manager. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WAWG in the news

As talk continued throughout the media regarding the administration’s proposed $12 billion trade mitigation effort, media outlets across Washington state have reached out to the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) to hear what the wheat industry thinks. Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director, and Marci Green, WAWG president, both participated in interviews recently. To hear Hennings interview with King5 News, ... Read More »

Wheat organizations continue to support end to trade war as administration offers help for farmers

From NAWG and USW The Trump Administration announced today that it would provide $12 billion to help farmers cope with the results of the current trade dispute ignited by new U.S. tariffs. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are glad that the administration recognizes farming as a risky business and acknowledges that farmers need ... Read More »