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Washington Ecology proposes reclaimed water rule

From the Capital Press A Washington Farm Bureau policy analyst said recently that the state Department of Ecology’s proposed rules for diverting municipal wastewater for such purposes as irrigating trees farms, pastures and crops are better than a widely panned proposal made two years ago. The Farm Bureau supports irrigating with “reclaimed water,” but it and others complained in 2015 that ... Read More »

Crop Progress Report 08/27: Washington remains dry

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 26 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 24 percent fair and 18 percent good. A low temperature of 35 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 99 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 3 degrees below ... Read More »

2017 media tour showcases farm to market chain

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On Aug. 24, 2017, members of the media and state agencies joined staff from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission to follow wheat’s story from how it is grown to how it is stored and marketed. The tour visited several farms where the equipment used to plant and harvest grain was showcased, followed by a ... Read More »

Crop Progress Report 08/20: Dry conditions persisted for Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 11 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 32 percent fair and 31 percent good. A low temperature of 37 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 97 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 8 degrees ... Read More »

Crop Progress Report 08/13: A bit of rain did little to alleviate dry conditions for Washington

From NASS There were 6.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 12 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 50 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 105 degrees was reported in both the ... Read More »

New port worker contract adds stability to PNW export operations

From U.S. Wheat Associates Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are crucial workers at U.S. export grain elevators. Overseas wheat buyers in the Asia-Pacific region likely recall the challenges faced in 2015 during a lengthy contract negotiation that occasionally interrupted the West Coast supply chain. Although the dispute was finally settled with a contract through June 2019, ... Read More »

Impasse on water bill means no capital budget for now

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By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On July 24, the Washington State Legislature adjourned after 193 consecutive days in session without passing either a state capital budget or legislation addressing the Hirst State Supreme Court water right decision. While a final capital budget providing more than $4 billion for constructions projects across the state had been agreed to by negotiators, the ... Read More »

Crop Progress Report 08/06: Hot weather begins to impact Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 3 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 35 percent good and 3 percent excellent. A low temperature of 46 degrees F was reported in both the west and northeast regions, while a high temperature of 105 was reported in ... Read More »

D.C. fly-in meets with success on trade, research, crop insurance

Members of the Washington group were able to meet with Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture, trade and food assistance, at the White House. They were joined by representatives from Washington State University (WSU) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW). Pictured from left are Steve Mercer, USW vice president of communications; Chris Keane, vice president for research at WSU; Colleen Kerr, vice president for government relations and external affairs at WSU; Michelle Hennings, Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) executive director; Kirk Schulz, WSU president; Starling; Marci Green, WAWG vice president; Derek Sandison, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture; and Jim Moyer, associate dean of research in WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

In mid-July, officers and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) flew into the other Washington to talk about the impacts of proposed budget cuts to wheat growers. The group jammed more than 20 meetings into four days, including a visit to the White House to meet with Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture, trade ... Read More »

Important crop insurance deadline nears in PNW

From RMA The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington states to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2018 crop year before the sales closing dates. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the sales closing dates to do so. Crop insurance is ... Read More »