Current Issues

From field to flour

By Michelle Hennings WAWG Executive Director I’ve been working with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) for 14 years now, and I’ve seen the importance of not only educating consumers and policymakers, but our own industry as well. For many growers, wheat’s story ends at the local elevator, but there’s a much larger picture that all farmers should be ... Read More »

House Republicans propose food stamp changes for farm bill

From Reuters Republicans on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Thursday called for changes to the government’s food assistance program for the poor, in a package of long-awaited proposals for the next U.S. Farm Bill that could complicate its passage through Congress. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

NAWG responds to House Committee on Ag’s release of 2018 Farm Bill text

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the House Committee on Agriculture released its language for its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. In response, Jimmie Musick, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), made the following statement: “We are glad to see that the House is taking a first step in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization ... Read More »

State denies oyster growers’ request to use pesticide; growers react

From the Capital Press State regulators on Monday tentatively denied a request by Willapa Bay oyster growers to use a pesticide to control shrimp that burrow in oyster and clam beds and make it hard for the shellfish to grow. In denying a permit, the Department of Ecology said that new scientific research and data show the pesticide imidacloprid would ... Read More »

Chinese tariff on wheat hits farmers

Pacific Northwest farmers are bracing for serious losses in the Chinese market after the country announced its intentions to impose a 25 percent tariff on all U.S. wheat in reaction to tariff’s imposed by President Trump on Chinese goods. More than 12.5 million bushels of the region’s flagship soft white wheat class, have been shipped to China during the 2017/2018 ... Read More »

China’s response to new U.S. tariffs will hurt U.S. wheat farmers

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers With the announcement today that China intends to retaliate against the latest proposed U.S. tariffs, hard-working U.S. farmers are clearly in the line of fire from what looks more and more like an escalating trade war with China. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

NASS predicts 2 percent increase in 2018 Washington wheat acreage

From NASS Washington state is estimated to have 2.23 million total acres planted to wheat in 2018, up 2 percent from last year. Winter wheat planted acres are expected to total 1.7 million acres for this year, unchanged from 2017. Spring wheat acres planted are estimated at 530,000 acres, up 7 percent from last year. Wheat producers in Idaho expect ... Read More »

Congress approves wheat growers’ request for $1 million in falling numbers research funding

For more than a year, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been working with a group of Pacific Northwest industry stakeholders and members of the region’s federal delegation to increase falling numbers research funding through an appropriations request. That request, $1 million to the Agricultural Research Service, was included in the Omnibus appropriations bill passed last week by Congress ... Read More »

Legislative report 03/20: Summary of 2018 Legislative Session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The 2018 Legislative Session was scheduled as a short, 60-day session, focused on passing supplemental budgets and addressing the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision mandating that the Legislature speed up funding basic education. The Legislature also had carry-over work from last session to complete, including finding a legislative fix to the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision and ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 03/08: Stripe rust will likely reach a normal epidemic level in the eastern PNW

By Dr. Xianming Chen Based on the forecast models using the weather data from November 2017 to February 2018, stripe rust will potentially cause yield loss of 17.9 percent on highly susceptible varieties. This number is much higher than the 6 percent forecasted in January based only on the November-December weather conditions. The number is an average of the prediction ... Read More »