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Spokane County issue highlights importance of NASS survey information

By Trista Crossley What happens when not enough surveys are turned into the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)? Farmers in Spokane County found out the hard way when they didn’t get a 2017 Agricultural Risk Coverage payment for low yields in spring wheat. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) bases Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and the Price Loss Coverage (PCC) program ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1001: Apple harvest, wheat planting progressed in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 31 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 14 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 29 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 86 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Washington wheat organizations call for immediate short-term extension on farm bill

Absent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) are urging the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to immediately pass a short-term extension while continuing to work to pass a final bill as quickly as possible “Dragging this process out only adds to the uncertainty farmers are already facing ... Read More »

WAWG president’s testimony at House Natural Resources Committee hearing

Sept. 10, 2018 Good Morning Chairman Bishop, Ranking Member Grijalva, and the esteemed Members of the House Natural Resources Committee, For the record, my name is Marci Green.  I am a sixth-generation farmer from Fairfield, Washington. My sons are seventh-generation wheat farmers.  On our farm, we grow wheat, blue grass seed, dry peas, lentils and garbanzo beans. I am also the ... Read More »

U.S. Wheat Associates welcomes formal trade talks with Japan

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is excited to hear that the Trump Administration and the Japanese government are taking formal steps toward trade negotiations. The announcement today to “further expand trade and investment between the United States and Japan in a mutually beneficial manner” has the potential to eliminate a dangerous vulnerability for U.S. wheat farmers. Over ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0924: Washington pastures rebounded but still damaged going into autumn

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 19 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 27 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 84 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

New KORUS agreement signed

An updated Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was signed today by President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The KORUS amendments include several revamped customs guidelines, provisions to prevent Korean discrimination against U.S. pharmaceutical exports, and a doubling of the amount of cars — from 25,000 to 50,000 — the U.S. can export to South Korea without being ... Read More »

Trade tariffs costly for U.S. farmers

Editorial from the Capital Press This week, reporters from the Capital Press tried to put a dollar figure to the impact of retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. agriculture products to farmers and rancher in the West. It’s an elusive number, but it appears to be in the neighborhood of $4.1 billion over the next year. That’s a significant number in ... Read More »

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 »

Crop progress report 0917: Western Washington doused with rain, Eastern Washington still parched

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 25 percent fair and 19 percent good. A low temperature of 34 degrees F was reported in the northeast and central regions, while a high temperature of 82 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »