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Early 2020 stripe rust forecast predicts severe levels

From Dr. Xianming Chen Based on the weather conditions in November and December 2019, stripe rust in the 2020 wheat growing season is forecasted to be in the severe epidemic level range (40-60 percent yield loss). Using forecast models based on the 2019 November and December weather data, yield loss of highly susceptible winter wheat varieties in the 2020 crop ... Read More »

Stakeholders urged to attend dam study workship

From the Capital Press River advocates say it is important for farmers, ranchers and other industry representatives to attend meetings about the Washington governor’s study on dams on the Lower Snake River. Environmental groups have for years called for the removal of the Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams, citing their impacts on federally protected salmon ... Read More »

Study: US would lose over $2.3 billion by breaching lower Snake River dams

Loss of dams would also significantly increase carbon emissions and impacts to fragile economies The removal of four lower Snake River dams would cost the U.S. over $2.3 billion over the next 30 years, lead to significant additional carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, and jeopardize health, safety and livelihoods in already economically fragile local and regional economies, according ... Read More »

Crop progress report 12/19: Washington was wet on the west side, mild in the Palouse

From NASS The recent wet weather patterns around the Puget Sound helped soil moisture, penetrating the dry layers from autumn. These rains refreshed the soils and reduced fire danger. The last few days of December brought wind. Most livestock were moved to higher ground or heavy-use areas. Orchards and berry plantings were pruned. CSA operations have continued production for winter ... Read More »

What’s coming down the pike for 2020 Legislative Session?

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 13, 2020, the Washington State Legislature will convene in Olympia for a 60-day “short session.” The main task of legislators will be to pass supplemental budgets for the operating, transportation and capital budgets. The supplemental budgets are generally minor adjustments to the biennial budgets (passed in the 2019 “long session”) based on updated ... Read More »

Gov. Inslee’s Snake River dam study wasted money telling us what we already know

From the Tri-City Herald Breaching the Snake River dams is a divisive proposal — we’ve known that for decades. So why did the state need to spend $750,000 to tell us what we already know? That’s the three-quarter-million-dollar question. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Dams draft report released; public asked to comment

A draft report on the impacts of breaching the lower Snake River dams, which was commissioned by the Governor’s Office last year, has been released and is open for public comment. The report can be accessed at lsrdstakeholderprocess.org. Directions for submitting comments, either electronically or by mail, are included on the website. Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 24. ... Read More »

FSA: No 2018 ARC-CO payment for wheat

High yields in Eastern Washington scuttle farm bill payments for last year’s crop By Trista Crossley The Washington state Farm Service Agency (FSA) office has confirmed that thanks to high yields, Eastern Washington wheat growers who elected the Agriculture Risk Coverage County option (ARC-Co) will not be receiving a payment for their 2018 wheat crop. Only five Washington counties qualified ... Read More »

Volunteers needed for Olympia Days

WAWG is looking for volunteers to attend Olympia Days Jan. 20-22, 2020. We will be making a large number of appointments with various legislators and need county representation to make our meetings effective with clear messaging. Talking points are provided and all meetings have at least 2 grower members and/or staff. Please RSVP to Lori (lori@wawg.org) ASAP so that we ... Read More »

USDA to open signup for CRP next week

From the USDA Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on Dec. 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is Feb. 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental ... Read More »