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WAWG survey uncovers growers’ concerns due to COVID-19

According to a survey done by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) about the impacts members are seeing due to COVID-19 and the social distancing measures currently in place, 80 percent of wheat growers are moderately to highly concerned. Possible disruptions to labor appear to be the largest concern at this point, with 59 percent of respondents saying they’ve ... Read More »

Agriculture more ‘essential’ than ever

From the Washington State Department of Agriculture Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee intensified our state’s coronavirus response with a statewide, Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to suspend all nonessential activity. Inslee called on people to stay home and for businesses to close, except for essential activities and services. Though the spirit of the mandate is clear, some workers and business owners ... Read More »

BPA corrects public misinformation

From Bonneville Power Administration There are a number of facts and figures that are being misinterpreted during the public comment period for the Columbia River Draft Operations Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  Information correcting the record on those issues from the Bonneville Power Authority (BPA) is included below. The executive summary for the draft EIS can be found at this link. ... Read More »

Crop progress report 03/20: Average conditions for March in Eastern Washington

From NASS Western Washington precipitation was below average in March. It was mild and dry across many counties in Western Washington. Spring field preparation was under way. In Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, the weather had been erratic. Producers were spreading as much fertilizer as possible between the rain and hail. Winter calving was almost finished, and spring calving ... Read More »

More than 3.4 million acres selected for general CRP signup

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres in the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup recently completed, the first general signup enrollments since 2016. Through CRP, farmers and ranchers receive an annual rental payment for establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water ... Read More »

BMPs for managing herbicide-resistant weeds in the PNW

In February’s Wheat Life, in the Washington Grain Commission section, Washington State University Extension published a best management practices (BMPs) insert to help farmers manage herbicide-resistant weeds. According to the insert, BMPs are critical to the long-term sustainability of wheat production in the Pacific Northwest. Using BMPs is the most effective way to address herbicide-resistant weeds, especially when incorporated into a long-term weed ... Read More »

Industry update on the Governor’s ‘stay at home’ order

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a new, enforceable, “stay at home” order for the state of Washington to combat the spread of COVID-19. The executive order goes into effect March 25. It directs all residents to immediately heed current state public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure ... Read More »

USDA service centers closed to public

Beginning today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) service centers will be instituting locked door policies, with no public access to USDA offices. One employee per agency will be permitted in the office (one conservation district employee, one NRCS employee, one FSA employee, etc.) on a rotating schedule. High-risk employees will not be subject to rotation during this full telework plan. ... Read More »

2020 Legislative Session WAWG wrap-up

Download the report here. The 2020 Legislative session has come to a close, concluding its intense 60-day session on time. The session began focusing on homelessness, housing and transportation in light of voter-approved $30 car tabs. However, the final days of the session were dominated by fears about the potential economic fallout from COVID-19. These fears led lawmakers to cut ... Read More »