Current Issues

A falling numbers primer

Falling numbers continues to be a main topic of discussion for Eastern Washington wheat producers. Wheat industry partners are committed to provide timely information to impacted growers. Continue to watch for updates on our website for additional information. Testing Process The falling number test is conducted on a 250 gram dockage free sample. The 250 grams represents approximately 7,500 kernels. That ... Read More »

Falling numbers dropping quality of some 2016 crops

Low falling numbers, which have struck distinct regions of Eastern Washington periodically, have shown up once again in the 2016 crop. This season’s outbreak is widespread, but on a random basis. Low falling numbers can be caused by two factors: rain at harvest and Late Maturity Alpha Amylase (LMA) activity. This year, LMA is the primary factor causing low falling ... Read More »

FSA makes change to erodible land program

There might be some relief coming for some Washington state farmers whose land was rejected from the last Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The Washington State Farm Service Agency (FSA) has received a special allocation of 10,000 acres from the national office for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative (HELI).  These acres were previously limited to new land, but the ... Read More »

Detecting no GM event, Korea ends U.S. wheat import suspension

From U.S. Wheat Associates Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has ended a temporary suspension of U.S. wheat imports after testing detected no genetically modified wheat in U.S. supplies. MFDS quickly deployed the test to assure U.S. wheat remains safe and reliable, adding confidence that nothing has changed the U.S. wheat supply chain’s ability to deliver wheat that ... Read More »

State adopts new clean water rule

Excerpted from an Ecology press release The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has adopted a new water quality rule that safeguards the health of Washington’s people and its economy. The fish consumption rule, as it is widely known, updates Washington’s water quality standards for toxics, establishing how clean the state’s lakes, rivers and marine waters need to be. The standards set pollution limits for businesses and ... Read More »

GE wheat volunteer plants found in Eastern Washington

Pacific Northwest wheat and grain commissions, as well as state wheat grower associations, have learned that the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, confirmed the discovery of glyphosate-resistant wheat plants in a summer fallow field in Eastern Washington. We have been told the plants were not killed after an herbicide application. In a report ... Read More »

WAWG’s 2015/16 year in review…

The past 12 months have brought a poor harvest, drought, fires and fights (the political kind, mostly). Through it all, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) leadership team, executive board and committee chairs and staff, have spent countless hours on the phone participating in conference calls with state agencies and contacting our federal delegation to ask for support on ... Read More »

GMO labeling bill heading to White House

From NAWG Yesterday, the House passed the GMO labeling agreement designed by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, by a vote of 306-117. The Senate passed the bill last Thursday by a vote of 63 to 30, advancing the agreement on to the House this week, and now the bill will be on the President’s ... Read More »

Voters to decide fate of carbon tax initiative this November

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist This November, Washington voters will decide whether Washington state will be the first state in the nation to enact a carbon tax. The proposal, known as Initiative 732 (I-732), was drafted by a grassroots citizens group called Carbon Washington. I-732 imposes an initial $15 tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels sold or used in ... Read More »

Ecology stops by Spokane County meeting to talk about Hangman Creek watershed

A meeting of the Spokane County Wheat Growers was held June 20 in Airway Heights. The main topic of discussion was the Hangman Creek watershed. Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) representatives were in attendance to gather producer input and maintain open dialogue in response to a current lawsuit and media attention. The Spokane Riverkeepers, an environmental group, has filed ... Read More »