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State legislative update 0409: House, Senate in serious budget negotiations

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 86 of the 2019 Legislative Session. It was the opposite chamber fiscal deadline, where bills had to pass out of the fiscal committees of the opposite chamber unless necessary to implement the budget. Starting today, we move to floor action until the next cutoff deadline which is April 17 at 5 p.m. to ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0407: Western Washington unseasonably dry as Eastern Washington unseasonably wet

From NASS There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 4.7 the previous week. The Puget Sound region and western Washington had soil moisture deficits. Pasture and crop conditions started to show stress, and some livestock producers were feeding hay even as cattle were turned out to pasture. Blowing soil was observed during spring cultivation, ... Read More »

WAWG, others urge for removal of funds to study breaching of lower Snake River dams

The following letter was sent to the members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee on April 2, 2019. Twenty-six groups signed on in support of the letter, including the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington Farm Bureau, transportation associations, electric groups and more.  Members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee: We are urging you to remove the $750,000 ... Read More »

Legislative update 0401: Final negotiations on budget begin

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday marked the 79th day of the 2019 Legislative Session. The next legislative deadline is April 3 when all bills must pass out of the opposite chamber’s policy committees to remain alive, unless they are necessary to implement the budget. Both chambers can now begin final budget negotiations after Senate Democrats released their budget plan last ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0401: Snow melted and some field work started

From NASS There were 4.7 days suitable for field work in Washington last week. Western Washington continued to warm up with a distinct lack of rain. Soil temperatures in the Puget Sound were still cold due to the cool nights. Field work was in full swing in Whatcom County. Conditions were dry enough to kick up dust during cultivation, while ... Read More »

Sprague grower to represent Lincoln County on board

One of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) newest board members is Terry Harding who represents Lincoln County. Harding is the fifth generation on his family’s farm in Sprague (established in 1872), where they grow dryland wheat, irrigated and dryland hay and manage a small cow herd. Harding returned to the farm in 2003 after a stint working as ... Read More »

Salmon and dams can coexist

Seattle Times opinion piece by Don Britain, mayor of Kennewick; Matt Wakins, mayor of Pasco; Robert Thompson, mayor of Richland; and Brent Gerry, mayor of West Richland For more than 20 years. there has been an ongoing debate about the impact of the four Snake River dams on the Pacific Northwest’s salmon population. Since the 1970s, billions of dollars have been spent ... Read More »

Crop progress report for March 2019: Warmer days bring melting snow, some field work

From NASS Snowy days gave way to warmer conditions and melting snow in much of Washington. Fields in western Washington started to dry out, and field work started. Most fall-planted crops around the Puget Sound survived the winter in good condition while spring crops had not yet been planted. Grass was green and growing. Vegetable growers were tilling fields and ... Read More »

Legislative update 0325: House proposed budget calls for some tax increases

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was the 71st day of the 2019 Legislative Session. The next major deadline is Wednesday, April 3. That is the opposite chamber policy cutoff, where policy bills from the opposite chamber have to be voted out of policy committee to stay alive. One of the primary tasks of legislators during a long session (odd years) ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 0322: Stripe rust likely low this year in eastern PNW

by Dr. Xianming Chen This unusual winter appears over, and spring comes late but suddenly. Based on the forecast models, we predict that stripe rust will potentially cause yield loss of 16 percent on highly susceptible varieties. This level is much lower than the 38 percent forecasted in January due to the cold February. Based the current forecast, stripe rust will likely ... Read More »