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Farmers ‘profoundly disappointed’ by Trump’s wheat comments

From the Capital Press The U.S. wheat industry is reacting with disappointment after President Donald Trump said that Japan, their No. 1 customer, doesn’t really want to buy their grain. Read the entire article here. Read More »

Legislators, aides join industry stakeholders for Ice Harbor Dam tour

By Trista Crossley As the debate around breaching the lower Snake River dams continues, the Washington state agricultural industry brought more than 3 dozen state legislators and aides on a boat tour last week in an effort to demonstrate how important the dams are to the region’s economy. Legislators boarded the boat at the Port of Kennewick. While headed upstream ... Read More »

Ag stakeholders bring a taste of Washington to D.C.

For the second year in a row, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) joined with Washington State University (WSU), the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and other commodity groups to celebrate Washington state agriculture in the nation’s capital. The group visited with most members of the state’s Congressional delegation and then held a Taste of Washington reception that ... Read More »

Wheat farmers disappointed in Congress’ failure to vote for trade

The failure of Congress to approve the USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada prior to the August recess jeopardizes trade with two of America’s most reliable customers as it threatens wheat shipments to our most important market. The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) urge Congress to schedule an expeditedvote on the important ... Read More »

NAWG responds to MFP announcement

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On July 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced details of its latest $16 billion in aid to offset trade damages, including another round of market facilitation program (MFP) payments of $14.5 billion for farmers who are being impacted by the current trade war with China. Payment rates are set at a ... Read More »

MFP county rates

From farmers.gov Assistance for non-specialty crops is based on a single-county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per ... Read More »

USDA announces details of support package for farmers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals. In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory ... Read More »

CSP grasslands program: What producers need to know

One of the more significant changes in the 2018 Farm Bill was the establishment of a new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Grassland Conservation Initiative as a way to save money in the commodity title of the farm bill. In short, certain base acres that have not been planted to a commodity crop a nine-year period will not be eligible for ... Read More »

New farmers.gov feature helps produces find farm loans

From the Farm Service Agency A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on farmers.gov, the department’s self-service website for farmers. “Access to credit is critical in the agriculture industry, ... Read More »

More to that ‘dam’ story than meets the eye

By Randy Suess Many people have done a fine job explaining why removing the lower Snake River dams would hurt our farm economy and really not accomplish the goal of restoring the number of Southern Resident Killer Whales (orcas). There are a couple of issues that I believe need to be covered to help people understand that we need those ... Read More »