Inslee announces climate package for 2021-23 biennium

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has released his 2021-23 biennium climate policy package. The plan: Caps statewide greenhouse gas emissions and invests in clean energy, transportation and climate resilience programs, and funds part of the Working Families Tax Credit. Establishs a clean fuel standard and reduces transportation emissions through electrification. Requires new buildings to be carbon free by 2030 and eliminates ... Read More »

Washington House releases remote legislative session plan for 2021

From The Washington state House on Friday released its plan for the upcoming legislative session, with opening ceremonies held at a nearby private university in order to abide by coronavirus restrictions, but with the rest of the work done remotely. Their plan comes more than a month after the Senate released its own plan to do the work of ... Read More »

New WOTUS rules won’t affect state’s regulations

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has indicated that it has no plans to relax its regulation of the state’s waters despite a revised federal ruling that redefines what waters are considered “waters of the U.S.” The revision, which was finalized in June 2020 by the Trump Administration, narrows the definition of waterways that fall under federal regulation from ... Read More »

Wheat growers congratulate McMorris Rodgers on key appointment

Energy and Commerce Committee to benefit under her leadership The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) congratulates Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) for her recent selection as the Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers has been a steadfast advocate of the farmers and ranchers of Eastern Washington. She has fought to make sure the ... Read More »

Thinking back on 2020, but looking forward to 2021

By Michelle Hennings WAWG Executive Director This year…WOW! I really hope 2021 will be the year that we get back to some normalcy. I’m ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, as I’m sure many of you are, as well.  Life, both personally and professionally, in a pandemic, has been interesting. On the positive side, I’ve gotten to enjoy ... Read More »

Washington state Sen. Mark Schoesler stepping down as minority leader

From the Seattle Times Washington Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, who had a hand in guiding Republicans through several years in the majority, will step down from his leadership post, a spokesperson confirmed on Monday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

2020/21 wheat ambassadors make final presentations

Congratulations to Grace Hanning and Julia Klein, our 2020/21 wheat ambassadors. They gave their final presentations yesterday, virtually, and both did a great job. Check it out for yourself. Read More »

Crop progress report 11/29: Wet, windy weather continued in Washington

From NASS There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 5.1 days the previous week. Wet and windy weather systems continued to move through San Juan County. CSAs continued to harvest cool weather vegetable crops. Most livestock were fed stored forage. The beginning of seasonal flows recharged the water table. Skagit County received enough rain ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/22: Washington remained cool, wet

From NASS There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.7 days the previous week. Clallam, Jefferson, King, Skagit and Snohomish counties reported cool and wet weather. The snow in the mountains was holding and not filling the rivers. Grass hay did well over the growing year, but there were challenges getting cuttings off in ... Read More »

NWF announces state winners for 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Today, NWF is announcing the state winners for the 2020 contest which includes 77 growers from 25 states. The Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices ... Read More »