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The great crop insurance debate

From the Capital Press Critics say crop insurance subsidizes farmers, but it is the only guarantee of help when disaster strikes. Several years ago, drought decimated Nicole Berg’s wheat crop. To break even, her family needed a yield of at least 7 bushels per acre, but a crop insurance assessor estimated Berg’s wheat would yield just 3 bushels per acre. ... Read More »

Court decision leaves state responsible for fixing culverts

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in what is known as the “Culvert Case.” The Culvert Case involves a 17-year battle over who pays to install or replace stream culverts where salmon are blocked. The effect of the tie decision means that the lower court decision stands, requiring Washington ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0813: Good grain harvest continued in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 16 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 45 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 112 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

WAWG spends week in DC highlighting state’s ag industry

Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) President Marci Green and WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings were in Washington, D.C., last month to take part in the WSU/WSDA Taste of Washington D.C. Trip, which showcased the Evergreen State’s agricultural industry to Congress. As part of the trip, Hennings and Green were also able to lobby policymakers during a critical time in ... Read More »

House ag chair visits with Eastern Washington farmers

By Trista Crossley Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) spent Wednesday morning talking about the 2018 Farm Bill, trade and market access program funding with Eastern Washington agricultural stakeholders during a breakfast meeting in Spokane, Wash. Representing the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) at the breakfast were Marci Green, ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0806: Plentiful berries, wheat, sunshine in Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 16 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 32 percent good. A low temperature of 48 degrees F was reported in the southeast and northeast regions, while a high temperature of 106 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Important crop insurance deadline nears in PNW

From the Risk Management Agency The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington states to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2019 crop year before the sales closing dates. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the sales closing dates to do so. ... Read More »

Falling number appears in wheat, not as ‘massive’ as 2016

From the Capital Press Roughly half of falling number tests in the Spokane office of the state grain inspection program so far have been below the industry standard of 300, says Scott Steinbacher, Eastern Washington regional manager. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 0727: Winter wheat harvest continues in sunbaked Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were 9 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 37 percent fair and 34 percent good. A low temperature of 42 degrees F and a high temperature of 105 degrees F were reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged between 3 degrees below ... Read More »

Substation wildfire ravages fields, farms, families

From the Oregonian Cynthia Kortge had just gotten home from work when she started grabbing treasures she couldn’t leave behind. Officials had ordered a Level 3 evacuation. The warning means: Go now. A fire that eventually burned almost 80,000 acres in some of Oregon’s prime wheat country was creeping up on her two-story yellow home and the family’s farm. Read ... Read More »