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Grain leaders urge Trump to stay in NAFTA

From the Capital Press National grain industry leaders are urging President Donald Trump not to pull out of a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Lobbyists are “increasingly fearful” that Trump will decide to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Jerry Hagstrom, of the Hagstrom Report newsletter, as moderator of a panel discussion at the Tri-State Grain ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/05: Winter approached for Washington

There were 4.6 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 20 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 36 percent fair and 10 percent good. A low temperature of 18 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 71 degrees was reported in the central region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 6 degrees below ... Read More »

NWF announces national winners for the 2017 National Wheat Yield Contest

Two Washington state growers have placed in the National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC). Phillip Gross of Warden, Wash., was named the high yield winner, and Brian Cochrane of Kahlotus, Wash., placed in the dryland winter wheat category. The contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve wheat productivity on their ... Read More »

Washington wheat industry calls for ‘no harm’ in trade agreement renegotiations

The Washington wheat industry urges its Congressional delegation to communicate to the highest levels of government that renegotiation of existing trade agreements, “do no harm” to agricultural exports. The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) called trade the “lifeblood” of Eastern Washington farmers and warned of fallout if the international commerce is jeopardized. Mike ... Read More »

Sandison ‘optimistic’ U.S., Canada will renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

From the Capital Press The director of Washington state’s agriculture department says he is optimistic the U.S. and Canada will be able to successfully renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty. “We’re pretty close on a lot of things,” said Derek Sandison, director of the state Department of Agriculture and former director of the state Department of Ecology’s Office of the Columbia ... Read More »

U.S. wheat flows freely to Mexico under NAFTA

By Steve Mercer Vice President of Communications, U.S. Wheat Associates Before the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entered into force on Jan. 1, 1994, state intervention and import tariffs held U.S. wheat exports from the Mexican market. NAFTA ended both, and the newly opened market helped the Mexican flour milling and wheat foods industries to flourish, as did U.S. ... Read More »

Two new Washington Wheat Ambassadors selected

Two high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers and will serve as the Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Lexi Deishl of Waterville and Kyle Appel of Colfax were selected after an initial written application process that also included submitting a short introductory video. Deishl and Appel will each be giving a speech at the ... Read More »

NAWG president defends NAFTA trade deal at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

From NAWG Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president, Gordon Stoner, along with several U.S. agricultural stakeholders and business community representatives, participated in a NAFTA panel titled “The Future of NAFTA: The Stakes for American Agriculture and Business.” The panel took place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and was moderated by Neil Herrington, the ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/29: Temperatures began to cool with fall in full swing

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 20 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 18 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 26 degrees F was reported in the north eastern region, while a high temperature of 74 degrees was reported in the western region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/22: Rain returned throughout Washington

From NASS There were 4.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent  poor, 30 percent  average, 13 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 77 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from ... Read More »