Farm Bureau disputes WSU’s upbeat take on carbon tax

From the Capital Press Carbon tax proponents are calling attention to a Washington State University study that concluded Initiative 732 on the November ballot would slightly boost the state’s farm economy. The study, led by Gregmar Galinato of the WSU School of Economic Sciences, concludes that an increase in the cost of fuel and other goods would be more than ... Read More »

Ecology stops by Spokane County meeting to talk about Hangman Creek watershed

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A meeting of the Spokane County Wheat Growers was held June 20 in Airway Heights. The main topic of discussion was the Hangman Creek watershed. Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) representatives were in attendance to gather producer input and maintain open dialogue in response to a current lawsuit and media attention. The Spokane Riverkeepers, an environmental group, has filed ... Read More »

Washington CAFO plan offers silver lining

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Opinion piece from the Capital Press While we hesitate to hail any plan to increase state regulation as good news, the Washington Department of Ecology’s plan to overhaul how it regulates the storage and spreading of manure at dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations has a silver lining for producers. Currently, DOE issues pollution discharge permits to only a ... Read More »

Portland hosts Latin American and Caribbean wheat buyers conference

From the Capital Press Visitors attending the Latin American and Caribbean wheat buyers conference got some laughs along with bites of crackers and cookies when they toured the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland’s Pearl District June 21, but Idaho wheat grower Bill Flory said more may come of it. Flory, chair of the center’s Board of Directors, said he’d already ... Read More »

June 17 stripe rust update

Stripe rust developing on spring wheat, barley crops By Xianming Chen Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS Based on recent field surveys in Adams and Whitman counties of Washington, wheat crops have been progressing fast since the last update in May. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 10.5.4 (milk) to Feekes 11.3 (almost ripe). Spring wheat ranged from Feekes 5 (early jointing) to Feekes ... Read More »

Elevators dock for too much protein in wheat

From the Capital Press Farmers in the Pacific Northwest could receive a lower price for their wheat if it has too much protein. Connell, Wash., wheat farmer Chris Herron said he recently saw an unusual sight at local grain elevators. They are discounting 5 cents per bushel for white wheat that has more than 10.5 to 11 percent protein. Read ... Read More »

WSU leader: Cultivate curiosity about ag

From the Capital Press The public is so well-fed that most Americans have little interest in where their food comes from. Which is a problem for farmers, said Kim Kidwell, executive associate dean of academic programs for the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. “If we don’t have citizens who care about that, we don’t ... Read More »

Farm group meets EPA’s fee for What’s Upstream records

From the Capital Press A Washington state farm group this week assured the Environmental Protection Agency that it will pay $2,000 for records related to the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign. Save Family Farming, whose members include Western Washington diaries under scrutiny by environmental groups, wants to know the depth of EPA’s involvement and its motives for funding the campaign, the ... Read More »

The election season is underway…

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From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Washington Association of Wheat Growers Lobbyist Diana Carlen has provided the following summary of who has filed for office in Washington state this election cycle. Senate The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus currently control the Senate by 26-23. The major races in the Senate are as follows: · 43rd District (Mercer Island): Sen. Steve Litzow (R) ... Read More »

May 26 stripe rust update

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Stripe rust found throughout Pacific Northwest wheat fields By Xianming Chen Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS We were checking wheat and barley fields on May 25 in Latah County of Idaho and Whitman, Spokane, Lincoln, Grant, Douglas and Adams counties of Washington. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 10 (boot) to Feekes 10.5.4 (milk), and spring wheat and barley ranged From Feekes 1 ... Read More »