Current Issues

WAWG sets out 2017 federal priorities

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

Legislative update: Challenging session ahead

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature convened for the 2017 regular session on Monday, Jan. 9. In odd calendar years, regular legislative sessions are scheduled for 105 days and are referred to as “long” sessions because the Legislature needs to adopt the state operating budget. This is expected to be a very challenging budget year because the ... Read More »

WAWG makes sure wheat issues don’t get lost in D.C. transition

Leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with various federal agencies as they make the transition to a new administration. “There are a lot of changes happening in Washington, D.C., as the new administration prepares to take over,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of WAWG. “We wanted to meet ... Read More »

What’s coming down the halls of Olympia in 2017?

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Monday, the Washington State Legislature began the 2017 Legislative session in Olympia. Because it is an odd-numbered year, it will be a “long” session that is scheduled to last at least 105 days due to it being a budget year. The primary focus will be producing an operating, transportation and capital budget for the state for 2017-2019 ... Read More »