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New research reveals flawed approach to salmon recovery programs

Report could have major implications for dam debate From Northwest River Partners Newly published research has unveiled remarkable insight into the survival rates of Chinook salmon populations along the North American West Coast, highlighting a dramatic omission in the way such data has been interpreted for over two decades. The peer-reviewed research entitled, “A Synthesis of the Coast-wide Decline in ... Read More »

Governors jointly commit to rebuilding fish stocks

Last month, the governors of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana signed a letter to collaboratively advance the goals of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force and work together to rebuild Columbia River salmon and steelhead stocks. The letter does not mention the lower Snake River dams or breaching them. “We recognize the relevance of the recent release of the Columbia ... Read More »

2019 ARC, PLC payments out; sign-ups for 2021 now open

From the Farm Service Agency Agricultural producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year. The sign-up period opened Oct. 13. These key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety-net programs help producers weather fluctuations in either revenue or price for certain crops, and more than ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/25: Early frost, snow hit Washington

From NASS There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 5.9 days the previous week. Western Washington suffered from a challenging autumn, and producers struggled to harvest forage crops. Between summer replanting, cool temperatures and smoke, crops did not mature on their typical timeline. Corn harvest was immature. Some corn fields had blown-down stalks that ... Read More »

Wheat falls to fourth in Washington 2019 production value

Last month, the National Agricultural Statistics Service released their findings that the value of Washington’s 2019 agricultural production totaled $9.49 billion, down 2 percent from the previous year. All wheat fell to fourth place as potatoes moved up to third. Apples remain the leading agricultural commodity with a 2019 value of $1.96 billion. This is down 8.5 percent from the ... Read More »

Groups threaten another suit over river management

From the Capital Press A coalition of environmental and fishing groups plans to again sue the federal government to protect endangered salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River Basin. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Members invited to attend virtual annual meeting

One of the most important events that takes place at the annual Tri-State Grain Growers Convention is the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) where members review the association’s resolutions, update and vote on them. This year, in light of the convention’s cancellation thanks to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, WAWG will be holding a separate ... Read More »

WAWG kicks off Legislative Action Fund drive, donations needed

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) Legislative Action Fund (LAF) helps to provide funding for the organization’s lobbying efforts, especially in Olympia and Washington, D.C.  This year, meeting formats may look different than in the past, but it has never been more critical to have wheat growers’ voices heard. WAWG needs your generous contributions to continue to tell wheat’s ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/18: Washington had cool temperatures

From NASS There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.2 days the previous week. The San Juan County harvests were closing down with more moisture and cooler temperatures last week. Pastures rebounded with cool season grasses. Some fields were replanted. Most of the tree fruit crops were harvested, but some late apples, quince and ... Read More »

La Nina to ease northwest drought, forecasters say

From the Capital Press A La Nina is expected to make winter in the Pacific Northwest wet and cold, relieving drought conditions in Oregon and Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. In the southern tier of the U.S., La Nina is forecast to turn winter dry and warm, worsening drought conditions that cover much of the Southwest ... Read More »