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Stripe rust is widely occurring in the PNW

By Dr. Xianming Chen April 6, 2017 On April 5, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin and Adams counties of Washington and Umatilla County of Oregon. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 2 to 7. We found stripe rust in all of these counties and about 80 percent of more than 70 fields checked. For ... Read More »

Legislative update: Budgets, budgets, budgets

Yesterday marked the 86th day of the legislative session. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, when all bills from the opposite chamber must have passed out of their respective policy committee to remain “alive” this session. Yesterday was another deadline in which all bills must pass out of the opposite chamber’s fiscal committees to remain alive. House releases and passes operating ... Read More »

Benefit to Washington wheat producers associated with increased farmer program flexibility

From small grains.wsu.edu Wheat farmers signing up for U.S. farm program benefits in early 2015 were asked to select between a revenue based program (Agricultural Risk Coverage – ARC) or a price based program (Price Loss Coverage – PLC). Once a choice was made, the choice was binding over the entire life of the 2014 Farm Bill. This created a ... Read More »

Legislative update: House releases proposed operating budget

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 79th day of the legislative session. The next legislative deadline is March 29 in which all bills must pass out of the opposite chamber’s policy committees to remain alive. House Democrats Release Their Proposed Operating Budget On Monday, the House Democrats released their proposed operating budget for the state for 2017-2019. The proposed budget ... Read More »

Lesson #7: Farm bill supporters challenged to focus on the long-game of science

From Agri-Pulse When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law in 1862, he set in motion the development of a system of land grant colleges and helped create the foundation for U.S. agricultural research that’s endured until today. That foundation is still strong, thanks to formula funding established by Congress over the years, but there are new fears that the ... Read More »

State Senate passes $43 million budget proposal

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Early this morning, the Washington State Senate passed a $43 billion budget proposal that earmarks $1.8 billion for education funding in a 25-24 vote. Unlike the governor’s proposed budget, the senate budget does not raise new taxes such as a carbon tax. However, it does rework the state property tax to replace local property tax ... Read More »

WAWG comments on Snake River dams

Before the Feb. 7 comment period closed, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers submitted comments in a letter on the proposed scoping process for the Columbia River Systems Operations Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The letter outlined the organization’s opposition to any consideration of dam removal or breaching, saying, “…it is important that the scoping effort recognize that there is no ... Read More »

Legislative update: Revenue forecast shows increased dollars

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 71st day of the legislative session. Policy committees are busy hearing bills passed by the opposite chamber. The next legislative deadline is March 29 in which all bills must pass out of their opposite chamber’s policy committees to remain alive. Revenue forecast and budget news Four times a year, the Washington State Economic ... Read More »

Legislative update: Policy bill deadline is legislature’s next milestone

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Today marks the 64th day of the legislative session. Last Wednesday, the legislature reached a milestone which was the deadline to pass bills out of the house of origin. Bills that did not pass out of the house of origin by that deadline are not eligible to move forward this year unless they are considered ... Read More »

Stripe rust in PNW could be severe

By Xianming Chen Stripe rust will be likely severe in the eastern Pacific Northwest Based on the forecast models using the temperature data from November 2016 to February 2017, stripe rust will potentially cause yield loss of 32 percent on highly susceptible varieties. This number is much higher than the 6 percent forecasted in January based only on the November-December ... Read More »