Current Issues

One-year extension available to some expiring CRP contracts

From the Farm Service Agency As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between ... Read More »

Asotin County wheat growers award scholarship

Alicia Heitstuman, daughter of Sam and Linda Heitstuman of Clarkston, Wash., has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Asotin County wheat growers. Alicia grew up on her family’s farm and ranch and got involved in 4-H when she was nine years old. She has taken a steer to the Asotin County Fair for the past 10 years and is ... Read More »

Wheat growers push back against Farm Bill critics

From the Capital Press Washington wheat representatives declined to participate in a recent Washington Policy Center conference in Spokane because a speaker claims agriculture is not experiencing a financial crisis and is calling for the termination of farm subsidy programs. The center is “an independent, nonprofit think tank that promotes sound public policy based on free-market solutions,” according to its ... Read More »

Northwest farmers fret over farm bill, crop insurance

From NW News Network The U.S. House of Representatives recently failed to pass a farm bill and Northwest farmers are worried that the process is not plowing ahead. The farm bill is a massive piece of federal policy that guides everything from food stamps to land conservation to agricultural research. One of the top things the farm bill does is ... Read More »

Wheat farmers call for stable, predictable farm programs in current farm economy

In a pivotal time for American agricultural producers, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) continues to urge Congress for swift passage of a bipartisan farm bill. And as the debate continues across the nation, WAWG calls for the focus to be on the facts, particularly with critical programs like crop insurance and commodity programs. In response to the upcoming ... Read More »

NAWG statement on House failure to pass farm bill

Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the House. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, Okla., farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG is disappointed that the farm bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a ... Read More »

Columbia River Treaty negotiator hears comments, concerns

By Trista Crossley In recent months, much of the media spotlight has been focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but negotiations are about to start on another agreement critical to Pacific Northwest agriculture—the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Jill Smail, the negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty, visited Spokane, Wash., ... Read More »

Brazil, other competitors aim to win U.S export markets

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fourth article. Links to the first three are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse You won’t find any tourists in the muddy, mosquito-ridden town of Barcarena in Brazil’s state of Pará, but you can’t miss the almost constant parade ... Read More »

Wheat grower associations return to nation’s capital to urge action on farm bill

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), along with grower associations from across the United States, will join the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) this week in Washington, D.C., to urge the advancement of legislation that will provide a strong safety net for farmers. WAWG has been closely monitoring progress of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House of Representatives ... Read More »

Facts about crop insurance in Washington state

Compiled by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Almost 3 million acres of cropland were covered by insurance in Washington in 2016, not including policies for livestock. More than $3 billion in ag liability was protected by crop insurance in Washington in 2016, including coverage for: livestock (through the Livestock Gross Margin or LGM policy); nurseries; diversified farms through Whole Farm ... Read More »