Current Issues

Wheat growers, allies see farm bill through finish line

After more than a year of meeting with legislators and advocating for Washington farmers, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) was gratified to see Congress act quickly in a bipartisan manner to pass the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the 2018 Farm Bill, last month. The bill was signed into law by President Trump right before ... Read More »

Passing state budgets is top task of 2019 Legislative Session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 14, 2019, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session in Olympia for a “long” session that is scheduled to last 105 days. One of the primary tasks of legislators during a long session is to pass the state’s biennial budgets: operating, capital and transportation.   Democrats will control the agenda in Olympia ... Read More »

Wheat growers, allies see 2018 Farm Bill through to finish line

President signs critical bill into law After more than a year of meetings with legislators and advocating for Washington farmers, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) was gratified to see Congress act quickly in a bipartisan manner to pass the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the 2018 Farm Bill last week. Today, WAWG applauds President Trump ... Read More »

Inslee orca plan includes look at breaching dams

From the Capital Press A $1.1 billion orca-rescue plan rolled out Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee includes $750,000 for another look at breaching four dams on the Lower Snake River. The dams in southeast Washington generate electricity and allow farmers to move grain by barge down the Columbia River’s main tributary. Inslee said a task force would study whether ... Read More »

USW urges USTR to help protect wheat exports to Japan through trade negotiations

From U.S. Wheat Associates When the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) enters into force Dec. 31, 2018, Japan will grant preferential access to wheat export countries that are in the agreement. This has the potential to slash sales to a crucial market for U.S. wheat farmers. That is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson urged the U.S. ... Read More »

Progress report: Moving forward to limit falling number risks

By Alex McGregor The Hagberg-Perten (H-P) test that grades wheat by measuring the effects of the alpha-amylase (AA) enzyme was developed a long time ago. Its original purpose was not to measure grain quality, but to help bakers wanting to know how much AA to add when making loaves of bread.  Back then Dwight Eisenhower was president, Hawaii and Alaska ... Read More »

NAWG, USW welcome official signing of USMCA, encourage repeat with Japan

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates Today, leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico officially signed the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the three countries for working together to finalize USMCA. This ... Read More »

2018 convention wraps up another successful year

Nearly everything came up smelling like roses at last month’s 2018 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland, Ore., where approximately 300 growers, stakeholders and industry representatives gathered to hear the latest updates on issues and socialize. “This year’s convention was a great success,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). “Our speakers really focused ... Read More »

Washington grower is winner of yield contest 3rd year in a row

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest “A special congratulations to Phillip Gross (of Adams County ... Read More »

WAWG joins coalition opposed to carbon initiative

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has joined The NO on 1631 Coalition, which opposes Initiative 1631, the Carbon Emission Fee Measure. I-1631 would enact a carbon emissions fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon on certain large emitters beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Each year, that fee would increase by $2 until the state’s 2035 greenhouse gas reduction ... Read More »