Legislative update: Bills pass first major hurdle

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyst Last Friday, we reached the first deadline of the legislative session.  Any policy bills that did not move out of their original committee by last Friday at 5 p.m. are dead for this session (unless otherwise revived). This drastically reduces the list of bills that are likely to move this session. The only legislation not ... Read More »

WAWG congratulates Rep. Riechert export council appointment

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers applauds the appointment last week of Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) to the President’s Export Council. The Washington state wheat industry exports approximately 90 percent of its product to overseas markets, and effective trade agreements are essential in maintaining and expanding wheat markets. “Rep. Reichert has been a stalwart supporter of trade in Washington state,” ... Read More »

WAWG remembers former president, Randy Uhrich

Randy Uhrich, 62, passed away on Jan. 16, 2017, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Mary, and daughter, Katie. Randy was born in Wenatchee, Wash., to Clarence and Anne Uhrich. He was raised on the family’s wheat ranch in Waterville, Wash. He worked side by side with his father learning the family ... Read More »

Crop Insurance helps multi-generation farm wheat the ‘perfect storm’

By Nicole Berg Appeared in the Tri-City Herald My family, which farms 21,000 acres of wheat, alfalfa and vegetables in Benton County, often jokes that our great-grandfather Lenzie Berg should have perhaps thought twice before he decided to stake his claim in one of the driest regions west of the Mississippi. We are kidding, of course — we wouldn’t have ... Read More »

Growers testify in Senate committee work session on DNR bill

By Trista Crossley During last month’s trip to Olympia to advocate for the Washington wheat industry, several members and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) testified in front of the Washington State Senate’s Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee during a public hearing on SB 5051, a bill relating to nondefault termination provisions in state land ... Read More »

Warm, dry spring ahead for Pacific Northwest, weatherman says

From the Capital Press El Niño will return to the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it a warm, dry spring, weatherman Art Douglas says. Douglas said the El Niño weather pattern began developing in January as surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean began to increase. A ridge of high pressure off the West Coast will also develop, blocking storms from ... Read More »

What’s Upstream planned nearly $200,000 blitz to regulate farmers

From the Capital Press What’s Upstream organizers planned to spend nearly $200,000 in federal funds during and after the 2016 legislative session on a “robust” campaign to regulate Washington farmers, according to Environmental Protection Agency records. It’s unclear how much money was actually spent. The media blitz was scheduled to last six months, but faltered after three. Congressional anger over ... Read More »

Legislative update: Senate regains majority

Friday was the 28th day of the 2017 Legislative Session and the end of week 4. There have been 1721 bills introduced thus far. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 17 when all policy bills must pass out of their policy committee to remain alive. Senate republicans regain their majority after a temporary tie Last week, the Senate was temporarily tied ... Read More »

WAWG leadership in action

For the past week, leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been back in Washington, D.C., meeting with our congressional delegation and taking part in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter board meeting.   Read More »

House panel okays higher pay out for deer, elk damage

From the Capital Press Lawmakers are considering legislation to double the maximum payout for crops lost to deer and elk and also compensate farmers for damage by the ungulates to fences and irrigation systems. Instead of $10,000, a Washington farmer could receive up to $20,000 a year under a program administered by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. House ... Read More »