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Conservation is an important part of the farm bill

From Farm Policy Facts Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for the nation’s wheat farmers. Against a backdrop of disasters, falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to explain the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. ... Read More »

Farm bill needs tweaks, not wholesale change

From Farm Policy Facts Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for our nation’s wheat farmers. Against a backdrop of disasters, falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to explain the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. ... Read More »

2017 media tour showcases farm to market chain

On Aug. 24, 2017, members of the media and state agencies joined staff from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission to follow wheat’s story from how it is grown to how it is stored and marketed. The tour visited several farms where the equipment used to plant and harvest grain was showcased, followed by a ... Read More »

Lighthizer: NAFTA has failed many americans

From agweb.com It’s an historical day for the United States as the first round of negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), got underway Wednesday morning in Washington D.C. In effect since January 1994, NAFTA created a Free Trade Zone between Canada, Mexico and the United States. President Donald Trump has called the trade pact “the worst ... Read More »

Impasse on water bill means no capital budget for now

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On July 24, the Washington State Legislature adjourned after 193 consecutive days in session without passing either a state capital budget or legislation addressing the Hirst State Supreme Court water right decision. While a final capital budget providing more than $4 billion for constructions projects across the state had been agreed to by negotiators, the ... Read More »

D.C. fly-in meets with success on trade, research, crop insurance

In mid-July, officers and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) flew into the other Washington to talk about the impacts of proposed budget cuts to wheat growers. The group jammed more than 20 meetings into four days, including a visit to the White House to meet with Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture, trade ... Read More »

PNW states’ congressional request for falling numbers funding passes appropriations committee markups

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Pacific Northwest request for $1 million in falling numbers research funding. The request was also approved by the House Appropriations Committee earlier this month. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) thanks Congress for recognizing the devastating impacts falling numbers has had on the region’s wheat industry and the need for more ... Read More »

Legislative update: Legislature adjourned, but no water fix, no capital budget

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday, July 21, the state Legislature adjourned on the final day of the third special session without passing a capital budget or a fix to a Supreme Court decision addressing water rights known as the Hirst decision. Lawmakers were in session for 193 days this year on what was scheduled to be a 105-day session. While ... Read More »

Crop insurance is vital part of producers’ financial plans

How many people can go multiple years without being paid for the work they do? For farmers, that situation is all too common, as a crop can be destroyed by hail, fire, drought, etc., ruining a year’s worth of work very quickly. The only way to survive is through crop insurance. Crop insurance is a vital part of producers’ financial ... Read More »

Without overseas trade, Washington wheat industry would suffer

With approximately 90 percent of Washington’s wheat being exported overseas, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that trade is the lifeblood of Washington wheat farmers. The agriculture industry relies heavily on funding from the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to develop new markets and support existing ones. Studies have shown that these programs generate ... Read More »