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Crop progress report 1015: Frosty nights, sunny days throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 28 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 25 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 18 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 74 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Value of Washington’s 2017 ag production totaled $10.6 billion

From NASS The value of Washington’s 2017 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year value of $10.2 billion, but shy of the record high $10.7 billion in 2015.  Apples remained the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2017 value of $2.43 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but just ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1008: Washington rains, lower temperatures ushered in autumn

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 19 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

WAWG leaders emphasize farm bill at September DC fly-in

Advocacy is like seeding—timing is everything. That’s why the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) held another policy fly-in in mid-September as the conference committee continues to try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Marci Green, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG); Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director; and Nicole Berg, WAWG’s ... Read More »

WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture

From the Capital Press Trade uncertainty being resolved is a good thing for the wheat market, Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

November deadline for popular USDA conservation program

From NRCS USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced recently that the application deadline for early obligation fund pools within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washington state. The early obligation EQIP funding pools include EQIP national initiatives such as organic, high tunnel, conservation activity plans, wildfire recovery and sage grouse initiatives. For more information about these initiatives, please ... Read More »

Spokane County issue highlights importance of NASS survey information

By Trista Crossley What happens when not enough surveys are turned into the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)? Farmers in Spokane County found out the hard way when they didn’t get a 2017 Agricultural Risk Coverage payment for low yields in spring wheat. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) bases Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and the Price Loss Coverage (PCC) program ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1001: Apple harvest, wheat planting progressed in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 31 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 14 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 29 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 86 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Washington wheat organizations call for immediate short-term extension on farm bill

Absent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) are urging the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to immediately pass a short-term extension while continuing to work to pass a final bill as quickly as possible “Dragging this process out only adds to the uncertainty farmers are already facing ... Read More »

WAWG president’s testimony at House Natural Resources Committee hearing

Sept. 10, 2018 Good Morning Chairman Bishop, Ranking Member Grijalva, and the esteemed Members of the House Natural Resources Committee, For the record, my name is Marci Green.  I am a sixth-generation farmer from Fairfield, Washington. My sons are seventh-generation wheat farmers.  On our farm, we grow wheat, blue grass seed, dry peas, lentils and garbanzo beans. I am also the ... Read More »