Current Issues

WAWG calls for full funding of USDA and key farm bill programs

With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY2019 Budget proposal that calls for a $47 billion reduction to USDA risk management programs and key safety net provisions over 10 years, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and President Marci Green, a wheat grower from Fairfield, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management programs, including crop insurance and safety net ... Read More »

President’s FY2019 budget calls for disappointing cuts to USDA and key farm programs

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, President Trump released his FY2019 budget which reduces the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 16 percent from the 2017 enacted level. The proposed budget also calls for cuts to vital farm bill programs, including crop insurance and other key safety net provisions. “The Administration’s proposed cuts to key ... Read More »

Annual growers’ trip to Olympia scores some legislative points

More than two dozen wheat growers and staff descended on the state capital last month as part of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ annual Olympia Days trip, landing amidst a flurry of Senate and House activity aimed squarely at two of the group’s highest priorities: resolving the fight over permit-exempt wells and passing the capital budget. Growers and staff ... Read More »

Legislative report 02/06: Carbon tax, pesticide study group bills pass out of committee

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Tuesday was is the 30th day of the 2018 legislative Session, and last Friday was the first cutoff of the 2018 Legislative Session. Cutoff dates play a crucial role in the legislative process as any bills that have not made it out of a policy committee are considered dead and are no longer eligible to ... Read More »

Wheat growers take on Washington, D.C., and national policy

Trade, the 2018 Farm Bill and crop insurance top the list of priorities leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) will focus on during their advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., this week. The wheat growers will be meeting with many of Washington state’s federal delegation, as well as several of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agencies ... Read More »

Legislative report 01/31: Pesticide legislation scheduled for vote

By Diana Carlen WAWG lobbyist Today marks the 23rd day of the 2018 Legislative Session. There are three days remaining until the first legislative deadline, Feb. 2, 2018, when all policy bills must make it out of their policy committee. The agriculture industry was out in force last week at the hearing on proposed legislation to require four days notice ... Read More »

Wheat growers testify against pesticide bill in Senate committee hearing

A group of Washington wheat farmers joined other growers yesterday in Olympia to testify in a Senate Labor and Commerce Committee public hearing on SB 6529, a bill that places unworkable restrictions and onerous reporting requirements on pesticide applicators. The bill would require a pesticide user to provide written notice of an intended pesticide application to the Washington State Department ... Read More »

Legislature comes to agreement on permit-exempt wells, budget

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature convened for the 2018 regular session on Monday, Jan. 8. In even calendar years, regular legislative sessions are scheduled for 60 days and are referred to as “short” sessions because the Legislature does not need to adopt the state operating budget, which occurs in odd-numbered years. During short sessions, the Legislature ... Read More »

NAFTA by commodity and by state in 2016

From the Farm Bureau Whether farmers are raising cattle in Oklahoma, milking cows in Vermont, growing fruits and vegetables in Florida, or growing corn, soybeans and wheat in America’s heartland, their agricultural income depends on trade. USDA estimates that 25 percent of all U.S. agricultural production is exported, and for some commodities that percentage is even higher. Many of these ... Read More »

WAWG takes part in WPC’s final farm hall series in Spokane

By Trista Crossley The Washington Policy Center wrapped up 2017’s Farm Hall Series in Spokane last month, bringing together elected officials and agricultural industry leaders to answer questions from farmers and ranchers and to look at some of the issues facing agriculture in the coming year. Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), joined Sen. Mark ... Read More »