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National Wheat Foundation officially opens 2020 wheat yield contest

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is accepting entries for winter and spring wheat. The deadline for winter wheat entries is May 15 with an ... Read More »

Oregon governor is off base. Breaching the Snake River dams is not the answer

By the Sri-City Herald Editorial Board Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s support for a future without the Snake River dams does not align with reality. Her letter, penned to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month, stated that, “The science is clear that removing the earthen portion of the four lower Snake River dams is the most certain and robust solution ... Read More »

NAWG voices concerns about president’s 2021 budget proposal

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought released the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget of the United States Government. In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Lavon, Texas, wheat farmer Ben Scholz issued the following: “While NAWG continues to review the budget proposal in ... Read More »

Growers urged to submit comments when EIS released

By Trista Crossley We are less than two months into 2020, and it’s already proven to be a busy year where the Columbia-Snake River System is concerned. In January, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s office finished accepting public comments on their draft report on the impacts of breaching the lower Snake River dams. And later this month, a draft environmental impact ... Read More »

More farms turn to bankruptcy in 2019; still below 1987 levels

From Progressive Farmer Though the number of farms filing Chapter 12 bankruptcy increased in 2019 from the previous year, an American Farm Bureau Federation analysis found the number of filings in the fourth quarter fell from the previous two quarters. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Wheat industry comments on USMCA signing

From the NAWG and USW Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) extend thanks to President Trump for signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law, making it an official trade agreement. “USMCA will bring some guarantee to the unpredictable climate of farming,” said National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Lavon, Tex., farmer ... Read More »

US Ag Secretary says no need for more farm aid after China trade deal

From Reuters With China poised to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural goods this year as part of a Phase 1 China trade deal, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary said last week that there is no need for a third year of trade-related aid for farmers. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Trade deals bode well for Washington wheat

After years of poor prices and promised, but unrealized trade deals, Eastern Washington farmers are finally holding a winning hand as multiple agreements are being signed, sealed and delivered. The latest success is the passage of the USMCA treaty by the U.S. Senate 89 to 10 on Jan. 16. But a preliminary trade agreement with China, the details of which ... Read More »

Phase One trade deal should restore China’s demand for US wheat

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) are very encouraged by the signing of a Phase One trade agreement with China. Chinese imports of U.S. soft white (SW), hard red spring (HRS) and hard red winter (HRW) wheat classes were trending up before abruptly ... Read More »

To do list: WAWG sets its 2020 legislative priorities

As 2020 kicks off, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers is gearing up for a busy year where trade, fighting mandatory carbon regulations and preserving the lower Snake River dams top the legislative to-do list. “At the state level, we will be opposing any potential harmful carbon regulations that would unfairly impact our growers. Protecting the lower Snake River dams ... Read More »