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Bill tying Washington farmers to slavery stalls in Senate

From the Capital Press The Seattle Democrat who introduced a bill that linked Washington farmers to slavery said Friday she was surprised by the strong negative reaction. Sen. Rebecca Saldana said she was tying to draw attention to the worldwide problem of human trafficking. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Study reveals critical role of food, ag sectors in feeding the economy

A nationwide economic impact study found that more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors. Further, it found that more than one-fourth of all American jobs are similarly connected. This research, available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com, was commissioned by a group of 23 food and agriculture organizations. Among the most important findings: Total Jobs:​ ... Read More »

Farm concerns fuel dissent to low-carbon gas, diesel in Washington

From the Capital Press Agriculture figured prominently in a long debate in the House this week on whether to mandate more biofuels in gasoline and diesel fuel to resist climate change. After 3 1/2 hours of debate, House Democrats passed a bill Tuesday directing the Department of Ecology to implement a low-carbon fuels program, similar to those in Oregon and ... Read More »

WAWG goes to Washington (D.C. that is)

Trade, farm bill implementation top list of grower concerns in discussions with federal delegation Washington Association of Wheat Growers leaders and staff barely had time to unpack their suitcases from the 2019 Olympia Days trip before flying off to Washington, D.C., to meet with Washington state’s federal delegation and participate in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter meetings. “Winter ... Read More »

Olympia Days are here again

Growers criss cross state capital to meet with legislators on both sides of the aisle What do you get when you mix more than two dozen wheat growers, nearly 50 meetings with legislators and sit downs with top state agency officials? A successful 2019 Olympia Days trip, of course. Growers and Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) staff flooded the ... Read More »

Legislative update 0305: Clean energy bill moves forward

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 51 of the 2019 Legislative Session. This past Friday, March 1, was the fiscal committee cutoff, the deadline by which nonbudget bills had to be passed out of fiscal committees in order to remain alive. Now that the deadline has passed, most committees will not meet for the next week and a ... Read More »

Meet our new board members

Over the past few months, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has welcomed several new board members. Here’s an introduction to some of them: Michele Kiesz, Adams County Most of the current WAWG board members are primarily dryland wheat growers. Michele Kiesz’s family farm in the Columbia Basin, however, is irrigated, but her husband, Randy, is a dryland wheat ... Read More »

Legislative update 0226: Transportation packages unveiled

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday was the first cut-off of the 2019 Legislative Session. Cut-off dates play a crucial role in the legislative process as any bills that have not made it out of a policy committee are considered “dead” and no longer eligible to move forward this year. Legislation not covered by Friday’s deadline include bills that ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0226: Winter storms wreak havoc on parts of Washington

From NASS Heavy, wet snow hit western Washington in early February. Lewis County had several outbuildings collapse, including a dairy barn and two empty poultry buildings. Calving started, however, many producers had trouble sourcing hay for their livestock. Producers were concerned about seed crops in Skagit and Island counties. Jefferson County had saturated ground and pastures leading to poor rangeland. ... Read More »

Editorial: Inslee’s proposed Snake River dam task force will be a waste of money

From the Tri-City Herald State legislators looking to trim the budget this session can save $750,000 straight off if they don’t fund a proposed Snake River dams task force. Such a group is not needed, and giving it the green light would be a shameful waste of money. We suggest our regional lawmakers keep an eye out for this unnecessary ... Read More »