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Coronavirus impact on ag trade mixed

From the Capital Press The severity and length of trade disruptions caused by the coronavirus won’t be clear for several weeks, but there are signs that logistical problems caused by the disease may have already peaked, according to port and trade group representatives. Read the rest of the article. Read More »

Northwest wheat states respond to draft EIS

On behalf of the Northwest wheat-producing states, we strongly support the findings in the Columbia River System Operations Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), specifically the Preferred Alternative for the operations, maintenance and configuration of the Columbia River System. Together, our four states produce over 500 million bushels of wheat annually. Much of that wheat is bound for export markets.Pacific Northwest ... Read More »

Washington wheat sides with federal report to preserve Snake River dams

From the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission Nearly four years after U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ordered the federal government to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that included a dam breaching alternative for restoring endangered species salmon runs, the draft report reviewed and rejected the approach. Released jointly by the U.S. Army Corps ... Read More »

Grower comments needed on Columbia River System Operations draft EIS

The Columbia River Systems Operations draft EIS was released today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration. The EIS presents a no-action course and five alternatives, one of which includes breaching the four lower Snake River dams. According to the executive summary, “Despite the major benefits to fish expected from (breaching the lower Snake River ... Read More »

If exports rise, farmers won’t need trade aid, says Perdue

From agriculture.com U.S. ag exports have gained limited traction from President Trump’s ballyhooed trade victories, but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is optimistic that demand will improve. “I hope we can show that a third round [of trade war payments] is not needed for 2020,” Perdue said in a statement. “We still believe farmers want trade rather than aid.” Read the ... Read More »

Waterways association opposes Brown support for breaching dams

From the Capital Press Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s support for breaching four Snake River dams as a long-term goal has sparked a strong rebuke from the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. Read more here. Read More »

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 »