NAWG seeks nominations for Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow program

As the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) Program is fast approaching, NAWG is seeking nominations by our state associations of potential leaders to enroll. This program is sponsored and produced annually by Monsanto in partnership with the National Wheat Foundation and is targeted at producers who want to take on a greater role of leadership becoming more involved in ... Read More »

Portland container shipping faces broad challenges

From the Capital Press Labor disputes are often blamed for discontinued ocean container shipping at Port of Portland’s “Terminal 6,” but the facility faces broader problems, a port executive said. Even if conflicts between the port, the terminal operator and the longshoremen’s union were resolved, turmoil in the global shipping industry would affect the facility, said Keith Leavitt, the port’s ... Read More »

WAWG applauds Senate prioritization of farm economy amidst low prices

Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the Current State of the Farm Economy, with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testifying. On behalf of the Pacific Northwest grain producers, The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) submitted testimony to the Committee discussing the dire economic conditions in wheat country, conveying the importance of current safety net and risk management tools. With ... Read More »

Written NAWG testimony on Current State of the Farm Economy Senate ag hearing

Written Testimony of the National Association of Wheat Growers Gordon Stoner, President Before the Senate Agriculture Committee The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy  September 21, 2016 Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, thank you for holding this hearing to review the “Current State of the Farm Economy.” Following several years of widespread drought in many ... Read More »

Ecology releases clean air rule

From the Washington State Department of Ecology In an effort to protect all that Washington has to offer future generations, the Washington Department of Ecology is launchinga new plan to combat climate change. After months of stakeholder meetings, and public review and input, Ecology yesterday adopted a first-of-its-kind clean air rule that caps and reduces carbon pollution. “Today marks a watershed ... Read More »

Industry meeting considers falling numbers problem

Recently, several members of Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ leadership team and staff took part in a meeting with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to discuss the high rates of low falling numbers in this year’s soft white wheat harvest. “It was an informative meeting with many different aspects of the falling number problem discussed,” said WAWG Executive Director Michelle ... Read More »

Why should grain producers respond to NASS surveys?

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Over the next couple of months, NASS will be contacting grain producers in order to determine county-level yield estimates, which will have an impact on farm programs. Here are just some of the reasons why it is important that farmers accurately fill out those surveys. As a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... Read More »

APHIS, researchers continue GE wheat probe

From the Capital Press USDA researchers continue to investigate 22 genetically engineered wheat plants found two months ago in a fallow Washington state field. No conclusions have been reached, said an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spokesman, who asked not to be identified. Laboratories at two USDA agencies continue to analyze the test results of samples taken from the ... Read More »

More falling numbers information

The falling number (FN) test is one of the measurements of preharvest sprouting. As previously mentioned, the FN test was developed in the 1960s and accepted worldwide since the 1980s. Major buyers have been using the test since mid-1990s, after concerns were raised with inferior quality wheat. This chart, prepared by Meera Kweon, USDA-ARS, shows the relationship between the FN and ... Read More »

A falling numbers primer

Falling numbers continues to be a main topic of discussion for Eastern Washington wheat producers. Wheat industry partners are committed to provide timely information to impacted growers. Continue to watch for updates on our website for additional information. Testing Process The falling number test is conducted on a 250 gram dockage free sample. The 250 grams represents approximately 7,500 kernels. That ... Read More »