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Grain elevators blend wheat to meet falling number standard

From the Capital Press Washington grain elevators say they’re finding success blending wheat to make sure it meets the industry standard for the falling numbers test. HighLine Grain Growers is blending some carryover crop from 2017 to achieve the industry standard falling number score of 300, CEO Paul Katovich said. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

From the Spokesman-Review The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy this season, as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said Wednesday. Scott Yates, the director of communications for the Washington Grain Commission, and Creston-area farmer Mike Carstensen both were featured speakers Wednesday at the Spokane ... Read More »

Wheat foundation seeks WILOT applicants

The National Wheat Foundation’s Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) program will take place in St. Louis, Mo., from Nov. 11-16, 2018 and seeks applicants to participate. This week-long training program, sponsored by Monsanto, is geared towards current leaders and those who soon could take on leadership positions at the state and national levels for wheat organizations. The program will ... Read More »

Farm bill conferees tangle over SNAP

From the Capital Press One by one, farm bill conferees from the House and Senate last week laid out the dire situation in farm country and insisted a new farm bill must be in place before the current one expires on Sept. 30. There still remain some differences to overcome on a range of issues from farm policy and conservation ... Read More »

Region’s dams generate clean energy, support healthy rivers

By Kris Johnson For the Daily Sun News There are few things – if any – we hold dearer in the Pacific Northwest than a clean, healthy environment. Our state has taken great care to protect the air, water and land through the generations, which is evident in our state’s extremely low carbon footprint and the pristine landscape we all ... Read More »

Wheat marketing center creates educational bridge between US wheat farmers, customers

By Amanda J. Spoo, U.S. Wheat Associates Assistant Director of Communications Global demand for wheat food grows stronger every year, making exports vitally important to U.S. wheat farmers. As the export market development organization for the U.S. wheat industry, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) works to help wheat buyers, millers, bakers, wheat food processors and government officials understand the quality, value ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0904: Grain harvest wrapped up in Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 20 percent fair and 23 percent good. A low temperature of 36 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 94 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »

USDA aid package fails to consider all commodities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of the $12 billion package of aid to farmers hurt by retaliation resulting from the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. According to the USDA press announcement, assistance to wheat growers will be 14¢ per bushel. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, ... Read More »