Current Issues

White wheat not eligible for latest round of COVID-19 aid

Today, growers in Eastern Washington learned many of them would not be eligible for the latest round of aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Soft red winter, hard red winter and white wheat have been deemed not eligible for the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which sets aside $16 billion for direct payments to farmers and ranchers under ... Read More »

Ag industry guidance from L&I during pandemic

Washington’s massive agriculture industry is critical to both the state’s economy and to the welfare of families across the country. Agriculture is one of the essential industries that continues to work even during Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19). Thousands of farm workers are on the job, and the season is just getting started. Many farmworkers ... Read More »

WAWG submits comments on Columbia River System Operations draft EIS

Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) President Ryan Poe submitted the following comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the Columbia River System Operations draft EIS on behalf of the organization. WAWG encourages all wheat farmers to submit their comments online as soon as possible as today is the last day comments will be accepted. On behalf ... Read More »

WAWG survey uncovers growers’ concerns due to COVID-19

According to a survey done by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) about the impacts members are seeing due to COVID-19 and the social distancing measures currently in place, 80 percent of wheat growers are moderately to highly concerned. Possible disruptions to labor appear to be the largest concern at this point, with 59 percent of respondents saying they’ve ... Read More »

BPA corrects public misinformation

From Bonneville Power Administration There are a number of facts and figures that are being misinterpreted during the public comment period for the Columbia River Draft Operations Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  Information correcting the record on those issues from the Bonneville Power Authority (BPA) is included below. The executive summary for the draft EIS can be found at this link. ... Read More »

Industry update on the Governor’s ‘stay at home’ order

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a new, enforceable, “stay at home” order for the state of Washington to combat the spread of COVID-19. The executive order goes into effect March 25. It directs all residents to immediately heed current state public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure ... Read More »

2020 Legislative Session WAWG wrap-up

Download the report here. The 2020 Legislative session has come to a close, concluding its intense 60-day session on time. The session began focusing on homelessness, housing and transportation in light of voter-approved $30 car tabs. However, the final days of the session were dominated by fears about the potential economic fallout from COVID-19. These fears led lawmakers to cut ... Read More »

Legislative report 03/17: Legislature passes budgets, adjourns

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The 2020 legislative session wrapped up on March 12, concluding its intense 60-day session on-time for the third year in a row.  Legislators began the 2020 session primarily focused on homelessness, housing and figuring out transportation funding in light of voter-approved $30 car tabs.  Democratic lawmakers also hoped to use their large majorities in the ... Read More »

Temporary fix offered for Douglas County CRP issue

There’s some good news for Douglas County producers who are wondering what to do with their expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage. At February’s state board meeting of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), Jon Wyss, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Washington state executive director, announced a temporary fix for growers in Douglas County who are ineligible for the current ... Read More »

State legislative report 03/10: End of session is in sight

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Tuesday marked the 57th day of the 2020 Legislative Session which is scheduled to end on March 12. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, in which all bills must have passed out of both chambers to remain alive, unless they are deemed Necessary To Implement the Budget. Over the next four days the legislature ... Read More »