Current Issues

Legislative update: Legislature adjourned, but no water fix, no capital budget

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday, July 21, the state Legislature adjourned on the final day of the third special session without passing a capital budget or a fix to a Supreme Court decision addressing water rights known as the Hirst decision. Lawmakers were in session for 193 days this year on what was scheduled to be a 105-day session. While ... Read More »

Crop insurance is vital part of producers’ financial plans

How many people can go multiple years without being paid for the work they do? For farmers, that situation is all too common, as a crop can be destroyed by hail, fire, drought, etc., ruining a year’s worth of work very quickly. The only way to survive is through crop insurance. Crop insurance is a vital part of producers’ financial ... Read More »

Without overseas trade, Washington wheat industry would suffer

With approximately 90 percent of Washington’s wheat being exported overseas, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that trade is the lifeblood of Washington wheat farmers. The agriculture industry relies heavily on funding from the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to develop new markets and support existing ones. Studies have shown that these programs generate ... Read More »

D.C. trip to shine light on impacts of proposed budget cuts

Officers and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) are in Washington, D.C., to talk to legislators about the possible impacts of proposed federal budget cuts in three areas critical to Washington wheat farmers: research, trade, and crop insurance. “This trip is focused on demonstrating to legislators how the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts in research, trade and crop ... Read More »

WAWG: Removing dams would be devastating

From Washington Ag Network Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers told the Washington Ag Network removing the dams would be devastating, since 90 percent of wheat grown here is exported. “The Columbia River/Snake River system is the top wheat export gateway in the United States and the third larget export gateway in the world.  Over ... Read More »

NAWG leadership address growers at June board meeting

By Trista Crossley It’s not unusual to have visitors at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) monthly board meetings, but last month’s visitors literally flew across the country to be there. David Schemm, a wheat farmer from Kansas and current president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and Chandler Goule, CEO of NAWG, kicked off a visit ... Read More »

Legislative update: Despite passing budget, legislature still in session

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature is still in its 3rd special session despite having averted a partial government shutdown last week by passing a two-year operating budget that was signed by the governor just before midnight last Friday. The reason the Legislature is still in overtime is that an agreement on a capital budget has not ... Read More »

Conservation subject of recent Senate farm bill hearing

This week’s Farm Policy News update highlights issues associated with the Conservation Reserve Program, a subject that was also discussed in with last week’s Senate ag committee farm bill hearing focused on conservation and forestry issues. Read the update here. Read More »

Legislative update: Partial state government shutdown looms

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee called a third special session for legislators to finalize a state operating budget for 2017-2019. If legislators do not agree on a budget that the governor will sign by midnight on June 30, there will a partial state government shutdown. When calling the third special session, the governor stated that he would ... Read More »

Farm state senators to USTR: On NAFTA, do no harm

From Farm Policy News The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Farm state lawmakers expressed concern regarding agriculture and NAFTA renegotiation, admonishing the executive branch to “do no harm” with respect to gains in agricultural trade that have resulted from the agreement. Timelines for ... Read More »