Current Issues

Columbia River Treaty negotiator hears comments, concerns

By Trista Crossley In recent months, much of the media spotlight has been focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but negotiations are about to start on another agreement critical to Pacific Northwest agriculture—the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Jill Smail, the negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty, visited Spokane, Wash., ... Read More »

Brazil, other competitors aim to win U.S export markets

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fourth article. Links to the first three are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse You won’t find any tourists in the muddy, mosquito-ridden town of Barcarena in Brazil’s state of Pará, but you can’t miss the almost constant parade ... Read More »

Wheat grower associations return to nation’s capital to urge action on farm bill

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), along with grower associations from across the United States, will join the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) this week in Washington, D.C., to urge the advancement of legislation that will provide a strong safety net for farmers. WAWG has been closely monitoring progress of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House of Representatives ... Read More »

Facts about crop insurance in Washington state

Compiled by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Almost 3 million acres of cropland were covered by insurance in Washington in 2016, not including policies for livestock. More than $3 billion in ag liability was protected by crop insurance in Washington in 2016, including coverage for: livestock (through the Livestock Gross Margin or LGM policy); nurseries; diversified farms through Whole Farm ... Read More »

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 »