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Education funding back on legislative agenda for 2018 session

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By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 8, 2018, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session in Olympia for a “short” session that is scheduled to last only 60 days. The 60-day short sessions are typically used for tweaking the biennial budgets approved in odd-number years, not for major overhauls. However, a recent order from the Washington State ... Read More »

Annual convention closes books on another successful year

Kevin Klein accepts the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) member of the year award from WAWG President Marci Green during the Washington awards banquet, held during the  2017 Tri-State Grain Growers convention. Klein served as WAWG president from 2015/16.

While the thunder may have been rolling and friends were being found in low places at the nearby Spokane, Wash., arena*, at the Davenport Grand Hotel, the 2017 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention was bringing together more than 450 Pacific Northwest grain producers, industry stakeholders and exhibitors to network and hear the latest in politics, weather and technology. “We had an ... Read More »

Farmers learn more about dams, falling number testing, Oreos

From the Capital Press Some wheat farmers can now talk to about the role their crop plays in making consumers’ favorite cookies and crackers. The Washington Grain Commission hosted its annual Pacific Northwest Wheat Export Tour and Wheat Quality Workshop Nov. 28-30. Roughly 24 growers and industry representatives traveled from Spokane to Portland. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Wheat acreage leads the field in Pacific Northwest

From the Capital Press When it comes to farming, Idaho is famous for potatoes, Washington for apples and Oregon for its greenhouse and nursery crops. But when you combine the three states, the Pacific Northwest is, or at least should be, more famous for wheat, said Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Blaine Jacobson. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Crop progress report 11/26: Excessive rain and unseasonably warm in Washington

From NASS There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 15 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 18 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 70 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »

Deishl, Appel named 2018 Washington wheat ambassadors

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Two new high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers as ambassadors for the upcoming year: Lexi Deishl of Waterville and Kyle Appel of Colfax. Deishl and Appel were selected after a written application process that included submitting a short introductory video. The ambassadors will represent Washington wheat farmers at various civic and community events and will ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/19: Winter on the horizon for Washington

From NASS There were 4.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 7 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 52 percent fair and 16 percent good. A low temperature of 22 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 67 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from normal ... Read More »

No quick Hirst fix, Farm Bureau told

From the Capital Press Rural Democrats may join Republicans on specific issues but don’t expect them to give Republicans a majority in the state Legislature, a legislative watcher says. Democrats will control the state Senate by one vote starting in January and already control the House by one vote. While such thin margins have caused switch overs in the past ... Read More »

Farm bill, trade agreements discussed at fall conference

Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ president, Ben Adams (fourth from right) and vice president, Marci Green (third from right), were part of the group that traveled to Charleston, S.C., to participate in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ Fall Conference.

Leaders and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) recently took part in the wheat industry’s fall conference in Charleston, S.C. Ben Adams, president of WAWG, said the conference, hosted by the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), is a forum where WAWG can contribute to the national conversation around the wheat industry’s ... Read More »