Senator: GOP holding firm on Hirst, budget

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said last week that Senate Republicans should stop the “high jinks” and pass a capital budget, but the GOP lawmaker who held up the budget said he believes Republicans will hold firm until Democrats embrace a “good Hirst fix.” Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said a plan outlined Thursday by Democrats to reopen some ... Read More »

Inslee to propose Washington carbon tax

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee presented a budget Thursday that relies on a two-year, $1.5 billion carbon tax to speed-up and sustain higher teacher salaries ordered by the state Supreme Court. Inslee, speaking at a press conference, said putting a price on greenhouse gases will help K-12 education and respond to climate change. Read the rest of ... Read More »

WAWG president follows family legacy of leadership

From the Capital Press Leadership runs in Marci Green’s family. Her father, Karl Felgenhauer, was a longtime board member of the Washington Wheat Commission, now the Washington Grain Commission. Her great uncle, Jack Felgenhauer, was a president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Green has also served on local boards and other organizations. “I just feel like it’s important ... Read More »

Washington Dems float rural well bill

From the Capital Press Democrats outlined a plan Tuesday to help fish while curtailing withdrawals from new rural wells, redistributing water in the wake of the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. The proposal could allow more farm families to drill wells for homes. But it would limit withdrawals to 350 gallons a day, as opposed to the current cap of ... Read More »

Education funding back on legislative agenda for 2018 session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 8, 2018, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session in Olympia for a “short” session that is scheduled to last only 60 days. The 60-day short sessions are typically used for tweaking the biennial budgets approved in odd-number years, not for major overhauls. However, a recent order from the Washington State ... Read More »

Annual convention closes books on another successful year

While the thunder may have been rolling and friends were being found in low places at the nearby Spokane, Wash., arena*, at the Davenport Grand Hotel, the 2017 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention was bringing together more than 450 Pacific Northwest grain producers, industry stakeholders and exhibitors to network and hear the latest in politics, weather and technology. “We had an ... Read More »

Farmers learn more about dams, falling number testing, Oreos

From the Capital Press Some wheat farmers can now talk to about the role their crop plays in making consumers’ favorite cookies and crackers. The Washington Grain Commission hosted its annual Pacific Northwest Wheat Export Tour and Wheat Quality Workshop Nov. 28-30. Roughly 24 growers and industry representatives traveled from Spokane to Portland. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Wheat acreage leads the field in Pacific Northwest

From the Capital Press When it comes to farming, Idaho is famous for potatoes, Washington for apples and Oregon for its greenhouse and nursery crops. But when you combine the three states, the Pacific Northwest is, or at least should be, more famous for wheat, said Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Blaine Jacobson. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Crop progress report 11/26: Excessive rain and unseasonably warm in Washington

From NASS There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 15 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 18 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 70 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »