Current Issues

Legislative update 0205: Pesticide bill passes out of committee

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday marked day 23 of the legislative session. So far, 1739 bills have been introduced. Committees have already begun passing bills out of committee to move them along in the process. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 22, 2019, when all bills must pass out of their respective policy committee to remain alive. Senate Labor ... Read More »

USDA awards ag trade promotion program funding

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. The ATP is one of three USDA programs created to mitigate the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. ... Read More »

Legislative report 01/22: Bills so far focusing on energy proposals

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington Legislature convened its 105-day session on Monday, January 14thin what we expect to be a busy year.  Democrats control the agenda in Olympia after significantly increasing their margins in the November election.  Democrats control the Senate 28-21 and in the House by 57-41.  There are many new faces in Olympia as twenty-eight new ... Read More »

2019 trade policy outlook

From U.S. Wheat Associates If there is anything we learned from 2018, it is that the trade policy landscape is unpredictable. While many upcoming or ongoing issues are known, there are a range of possible outcomes within each, some of which could drastically alter the trade landscape in the future. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Deadline to sign up for trade relief program to be extended due to government shutdown

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted the following: “We’ve extended deadline for Market Facilitation Program applications. Kept @usdafsa offices open as long as possible, but closed when funding lapsed. January 15th deadline extended for period of time equal to number of business days FSA offices were closed, once shutdown ends.” The government shutdown, which ... Read More »

What WAWG’s working on for growers

Handicapping association’s 2019 federal, state legislative agenda It may be a new year, but many of the issues on the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) legislative agenda aren’t. The WAWG leadership team is gearing up for what looks to be a busy legislative season. The midterm elections saw a large number of freshman lawmakers elected to the state legislature, ... Read More »

Information regarding January’s Wheat Life

Dear WAWG members, We’re all familiar with the adage, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Unfortunately, our plans to reach out to nonmembers and encourage them to become members went a bit off the rails with our January issue of Wheat Life. Every few years, we use an issue of Wheat Life to reach out ... Read More »

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 »