Washington wheat farmer appointed to USDA task force on air quality

Brian Cochrane, a dryland wheat farmer from Franklin County, has been appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. “I feel honored and humbled to be selected for the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force,” Cochrane said. “I have been looking for a way to impact the ... Read More »

State Legislative Report Feb. 23

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The list of active bills has been further narrowed after the deadline for bills to pass their house of origin was reached last Wednesday. Policy committees have resumed public hearings on legislation from the opposite house. The next deadlines are Friday, Feb. 26, when bills must get out of their policy committee and Monday, Feb. 29, ... Read More »

Learn more about oilseed cropping systems from WSU website

The following updated resources are available on the Washington State University Oilseed Cropping Systems website (scroll down the home page to see all items): • Spring oilseed supply list from seed dealers and retail outlets in the Pacific Northwest. Canola, mustard, camelina, sunflower, safflower and flax are all available. • Remember the Crucifer Quarantine now applies to Eastern Washington counties. ALL seed ... Read More »

WAWG members participate in successful Olympia Days

Amid gray skies and heavy downpours, a large group of Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) members, leadership and staff spent two days in January crisscrossing the state capitol to visit more than 50 legislators and agency leaders. “I want to thank those members who took the time out of their busy schedules to come with us to Olympia,” said ... Read More »

State Legislative Report Feb. 16

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Today is the 36th day of the 60 day session. The focus in the Legislature this week will be on passing bills out of the house of origin. The deadline to pass bills out of the house of origin is Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. The Legislature did not work over the weekend which ... Read More »

State legislative report Feb. 9

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Friday, we reached the first deadline of the legislative session. Any policy bills that did not move out of their original committee by Friday at 5 p.m. are dead for this session (unless otherwise revived). This drastically reduces the list of bills that are likely to move this session. The only legislation not covered ... Read More »

Low wheat prices to continue, economist says

From the Capital Press Northwest wheat farmers will have to rethink the definition of a “good” price during the next few years, a Washington State University economics professor says. Farmers were not happy with wheat priced at $5.99 per bushel last year, said Randy Fortenbery, professor and small grains economist at WSU. However, USDA forecasts average wheat prices at roughly ... Read More »

Ecology releases new draft clean water rule

The Department of Ecology today released a new draft clean water rule (also known as the fish consumption rule) that contains a more protective cancer risk rate, in keeping with the governor’s directive from October 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency also is preparing a rule for Washington in case the state’s rule is not finalized. EPA released its draft rule ... Read More »

State legislative report Feb. 2

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday marked the end of the third week of the legislative session. The first legislative deadline is fast approaching. All policy bills must make it out of their policy committee of house of origin (i.e. Senate bills must pass out of their Senate policy committee and House bills must pass out of their House ... Read More »

First stripe rust forecast of 2016

By Tim Murray WSU Extension Dr. Chen, Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS in Pullman, released his first stripe rust forecast of the season last week and it’s good news for growers, although you might not know that if you just read the first sentence of his summary, which says “The current forecast is that highly susceptible winter wheat varieties would have ... Read More »