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US House moves to block spill of dam water to aid salmon

From the Capital Press The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would effectively stop the spilling of water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, both of Washington ... Read More »

Stripe rust hard to find in commercial fields, but present in some areas

By Dr. Xianming Chen Earlier this week, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin and Adams counties of Washington and Umatilla County of Oregon. Winter wheat crops ranged from Feekes 4 to 6. Stripe rust was found in breeding nurseries in Central Ferry (Garfield County), our rust monitoring nurseries in Walla Walla, and nurseries ... 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 »

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

From the Capital Press Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge’s order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April 3, and a push by environmentalists to ... Read More »

Benton County grower elected to NAWG board as secretary

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) congratulates Nicole Berg, a grower from Benton County, on her election as secretary to the board of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). “I think there needed to be representation from the Pacific Northwest to make sure that our voices are heard at the national level,” Berg said on why she decided ... 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 »