Federal

There’s still time to be counted in ag census

Northwest farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has passed, NASS will continue to accept census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers. ... 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 »

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 »

Wheat grower organizations: Enforcing trade rules is best done within the rules

While U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) understand and support the need to enforce international trade rules, we are very concerned about the implications of the Trump Administration’s decision yesterday to impose more than $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. We agree that unfair ... Read More »

Wheat researchers, farmers take to Capital Hill to discuss research priorities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today concluded the 2018 National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) Fly-in, where more than 20 researchers and farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill to discuss with members of Congress and their staff the importance federal funding of research to the wheat industry. The NWIC is comprised of 24 members representing regional public ... Read More »

Examining consolidation in U.S. agriculture

While croplands have shifted to larger farms in almost all crops, most farms are still family owned From USDA’s Economic Research Service Agricultural production in the United States has been shifting to larger farms for many years. However, such consolidation has become more complex since the 1980s, with major consolidation in cropland offset by shifts in grazing and pastureland away ... Read More »

Conaway, Roberts discuss farm bill delays

From Agweb.com While the name would imply the farm bill has much to do with farming, 80 percent of the bill involves food and food stamps. On Wednesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway announced he’s delaying the release of a draft bill to find bipartisan support for a law that takes aim at government food programs. Read the rest ... Read More »

February D.C. trip focuses on trade, crop insurance, conservation

In February, leaders of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) took their advocacy efforts to Washington, D.C. For four extremely busy days, they met with policymakers to discuss farm bill, trade, crop insurance and conservation. “Because of the relationships we’ve developed with our congressional delegation, we were able to get access to high level meetings such as the office ... Read More »

U.S. wheat trade: A farmer’s perspective

By Gary Bailey Washington Grain Commission Chairman, USW Director and a wheat farmer from St. John, Wash. As Washington Grain Commissioners, trade has consumed a great deal of our time this past year. Relationships with our international partners are critical to the survival of our trade with countries such as Japan. Most of us have seen the proposed effects on ... Read More »

Wheat organizations ask USTR to work toward rejoining TPP to prevent serious revenue loss

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and 33 state wheat organizations have expressed hope in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer that the administration will immediately prioritize accession to TPP to save the valuable Japanese market for U.S. wheat farmers. “Once TPP is ratified, U.S. wheat exports to Japan will be at serious risk,” ... Read More »