State

What’s coming down the halls of Olympia in 2017?

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Monday, the Washington State Legislature began the 2017 Legislative session in Olympia. Because it is an odd-numbered year, it will be a “long” session that is scheduled to last at least 105 days due to it being a budget year. The primary focus will be producing an operating, transportation and capital budget for the state for 2017-2019 ... Read More »

WAWG volunteers needed for Spokane Ag Expo

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers is looking for volunteers to work in the  Ag Expo booth in Spokane on Feb. 7-9, 2017. We would like to have at least two people per shift, with 4 shifts per day. As a volunteer, you will receive a pass good for free admission to the show (for the duration of the show). Visit https://greaterspokane.org/ag-expo/ for the show ... Read More »

First forecast of stripe rust for 2017

By Xianming Chen The current forecast is that highly susceptible winter wheat varieties would have 6 percent yield loss, in the low epidemic level range (0-20 percent yield loss). Based on this forecast, currently grown varieties would not have significant yield loss and early fungicide application at the time of herbicide application time for winter wheat would not be necessary. This ... Read More »

Spreading the good news…

…About the Washington wheat industry is just one of the tasks the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) does. We take part in ag shows across the state, using games, such as our wheat trivia wheel, and handouts to educate and inform members of the public. This week, we are at the Eastern Washington Ag Expo in Pasco, Wash. Our ... Read More »

Did you know…

• That in 2014 the value of Washington state’s agricultural production was more than $10 billion. • Total value of the state’s wheat operations in 2014 was $1.3 billion. • The state’s wheat industry supports nearly 7,000 jobs. Washington State University professor and Thomas B. Mick Endowed Chair in Grain Economics T. Randall Fortenbery and research associate Timothy P. Nadeau have compiled ... Read More »

Warwick: Lawmakers will address DNR lease issue

From Washington Ag Network After several eastern Washington farmers had their leases with the DNR terminated early, state lawmakers are looking to address the issue this upcoming session.  It’s common across Washington for farmers to lease DNR land to raise crops or tend livestock.  However, in late 2015, state Senator Judy Warnick says the DNR started to terminating leases with ... Read More »

Business, pleasure mix at 2016 tri-state convention

The 2016 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention is in the books. Approximately 450 attendees, speakers and exhibitors filled the ballrooms and meeting rooms of the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, last month to network, learn the latest in industry news and maybe do a little early Christmas shopping at the silent and live auctions. But amidst all the fun ... Read More »

EPA delays release of What’s Upstream records

From the Capital Press The Environmental Protection Agency has pushed back by six months its self-imposed deadline for releasing records related to the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign, frustrating a farm group that requested the documents more than seven months ago. Save Family Farming director Gerald Baron said last week the group will consider taking legal action and asking federal lawmakers to ... Read More »

Governor releases proposed budgets

By Diana Carlen WAWG lobbyist Yesterday, Governor Inslee released his proposed operating, capital and transportation budgets for the state’s two-year biennium beginning July 1, 2017.  Due to the fact that the governor’s budget relies on $4.4 billion in new revenue which will face significant opposition in the Senate, it is considered a high-water mark for funding for many areas of the ... Read More »