Current Issues

NAWG urges senators to oppose cuts to crop insurance

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), along with many state wheat grower organizations, sent a letter from more than 638 organizations to the Senate urging them to oppose the introduction of harmful crop insurance amendments as the farm bill moves to the floor. In the letter, NAWG states its opposition to harmful amendments that would reduce or limit participation in ... Read More »

NAWG responds to House passing its 2018 Farm Bill

Yesterday, with a vote of 213-211, the House of Representatives passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG commends the House of Representatives for working to move the farm bill forward and passed out of the Chamber. It’s vital for a final farm bill ... Read More »

Give U.S. wheat farmers the freedom to compete

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates The familiar African proverb says that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Unfortunately for America’s farmers, that grass is the wheat growing in their fields as the big guys in Washington, D.C., and Beijing escalate their trade fight. China’s state-run importing agency and private flour millers ... Read More »

Stripe rust report 06/16

By Dr. Xianming Chen In the Pacific Northwest, most fields of winter wheat have passed the flowering stage, and some winter wheat fields have reached the ripening stage. In general, winter wheat crops are in good condition and stripe rust is under control. In contrast, stripe rust has developed to the highest severity level on susceptible varieties in our experimental ... Read More »

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 »