State

Simpson’s salmon recovery, dam breaching plan a ‘nonstarter,’ ag reps say

From the Capital Press U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says his plan to end all salmon litigation and remove four Snake River dams would offer agriculture unprecedented legal protection, but industry stakeholders say it’s a non-starter. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

State legislative report for the week of Feb. 1: Public hearing held on low carbon fuel standard

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked day 27 of the 2021 Legislative Session, and thus far, 974 bills have been introduced. A week remains until the first legislative deadline, Feb. 15, 2021, when all policy bills must be voted out of their respective policy committees to remain under consideration for the year. Bills that do not meet this deadline will ... Read More »

Congressman plans to breach dams

Lower Snake River Dams targeted again, increasing carbon with end to navigation and removing clean power  From the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission A southern Idaho Congressman who has more than a dozen dams within his state without fish passage has floated a plan to breach the four lower Snake River dams, dams that contain some ... Read More »

Washington Democrats push for ‘net ecological gain’

From the Capital Press Washington House Democrats are advancing a bill requiring public works projects to benefit salmon and have a “net ecological gain,” a vague standard the Farm Bureau warns could spread to private land. House Bill 1117 doesn’t define net ecological gain, besides requiring road, sewer and other projects to aid salmon recovery. Fish and Wildlife, other state ... Read More »

State legislative report for the week of Jan. 25: WAWG leaders testify for DNR, overtime bills

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked day 19 of the 2021 Legislative Session. While there has been a sharp decline of new bills being introduced, committees are busy hearing, amending and voting out bills. The first deadline is fast approaching which is Feb. 15, when all bills must be voted out of their policy committee or they are dead ... Read More »

WAWG past president testifies in support of SB 5172

This week, Nicole Berg, a farmer from Benton County, a past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and vice president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, testified in support of SB 5172, a bill concerning the retroactivity of overtime claims in exceptional cases. More than 150 people were signed up to testify. Here is Berg’s testimony, which ... Read More »

Crop progress report 01/2021: Crops doing fine

From NASS The statewide temperatures in Washington for the month of January were above normal to slightly below normal throughout the state. In western Washington, crops were doing fine. In Jefferson County, heavy flooding from rain continued in some lower agricultural valleys. In San Juan County, livestock were on retained feed. Some farms were pruning berries and kiwifruit vines. In ... Read More »

WAWG testifies in support of HB 1199, DNR lease bill

Earlier today, Ryan Poe, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, testified in support of HB 1199, a bill that would provide compensation to Washington State Department of Natural Resources lessees whose leases are terminated for reasons other than default. The bill was being heard in the House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. The hearing was recorded on ... Read More »

State legislative report for the week of Jan. 18: Carbon legislation figured prominently

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked day 13 of the 2021 Legislative Session. A total of 784 bills have been introduced so far. During the second week of the legislative session, the House of Representatives and Senate were busy holding public hearings and voting to advance bills. Only three weeks remain until the first legislative deadline, Feb. 15, 2021, when ... Read More »

Washington’s Randy Suess appointed to federal trade committee

Randy Suess, a retired wheat grower from Whitman County, has been appointed to serve on the federal Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. Randy currently serves as president of Whitman County Wheat Growers and is the representative to WAWG’s board of directors. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) is comprised of senior representatives from ... Read More »