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Democrats to control state legislature with higher margins

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Preliminary results from the November general election indicate that Democrats will maintain and significantly increase their majorities in the state Senate and state House of Representatives for the 2019 Legislative Session.   Based on election results available at the time of publication, Democrats increased their majority in the House from 50 to 57 and from 25 ... Read More »

2018 convention wraps up another successful year

Nearly everything came up smelling like roses at last month’s 2018 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland, Ore., where approximately 300 growers, stakeholders and industry representatives gathered to hear the latest updates on issues and socialize. “This year’s convention was a great success,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). “Our speakers really focused ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/26: Frosty Washington closes up for winter

From NASS There were 4.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 15 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 24 percent fair and 24 percent good. A low temperature of 14 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 58 degrees F was reported in the western ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/19: Western Washington wet, mild while Eastern Washington remained dry, cold

From NASS There were 4.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 20 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 15 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 58 degrees F was reported ... Read More »

NWF announces state winners of the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Yesterday, NWF announced the state winners for the 2018 Contest which includes 82 growers from 23 states. “It’s great to see winners from such states as New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia who aren’t commonly known for producing wheat,” stated NWF Board President ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/12: Renewed soil, frosty temps in Washington

From NASS There were 4.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 23 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 13 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 66 degrees F was reported ... Read More »

Washington grower is winner of yield contest 3rd year in a row

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest “A special congratulations to Phillip Gross (of Adams County ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/05: Wind, rain across Washington

From NASS There were 5.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 16 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 26 degrees F was reported in the northeast and east central regions, while a high temperature of 73 degrees F ... Read More »

Trade, farm bill take center stage at 2018 fall conference

This week, WAWG leaders have been participating in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates’ (USW) joint fall conference in Tampa, Fla.  They, along with more than 100 wheat growers from across the U.S., met in policy committees to discuss a wide variety of priorities including the farm bill, trade, the National Wheat Yield Contest and the 2018 ... Read More »

WAWG joins coalition opposed to carbon initiative

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has joined The NO on 1631 Coalition, which opposes Initiative 1631, the Carbon Emission Fee Measure. I-1631 would enact a carbon emissions fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon on certain large emitters beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Each year, that fee would increase by $2 until the state’s 2035 greenhouse gas reduction ... Read More »