State

Washington is actually doing quite a bit to protect the environment

From the Association of Washington Business Last week, shortly before he took off for Paris and the global climate summit, Gov. Jay Inslee met with members of AWB’s Executive Committee. The meeting provided an opportunity for a frank and informal discussion that might have touched on a half dozen or more issues, but it was clear that both the governor and ... Read More »

Looking for volunteers…

WAWG’s Olympia Days will be held January 20-22. Please sign up today by calling the WAWG office at 509-659-0610. County farmer representation is instrumental in relaying our message over in Olympia. The Spokane Ag Expo will be held February 2-4, 2016. If you are interested in filling a 2 hour shift at the WAWG booth, please contact the office at 509-659-0610. A pass to the Expo and ... Read More »

2015 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention wrap-up

More than 500 wheat growers, industry representatives and stakeholders gathered Nov. 11-14 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane, Wash., to take care of business, recognize industry leaders and hear updates on state and national issues. Attendees heard from motivational speaker Jolene Brown on the need for learning, growing and advocating in family businesses. Jack Bobo, senior vice president ... Read More »

A wrapup of the 2015 Washington state general election

Compiled by Keva Guszkowski, WAWG policy director Legislative Results 9th District, Position 1- Rep. Mary Dye (R-Pomeroy) 63.34% 30th district, Position 2- Rep. Teri Hickel (R-Federal Way) 54.79% The House of Representatives is now comprised of 50 democrats and 48 republicans. Ballot Measures Initiative Measure 1401 – yes by 70.29 percent. 1401 will make it illegal to trade endangered animal products ... Read More »

WAWG president looks to preserve tax exemptions

From the Capital Press Preserving tax exemptions for Washington farmers is the top priority for the new Washington Association of Wheat Growers president. Edwall, Wash., dryland wheat farmer Kevin Klein recently took over the reins of the organization during the Tri-State Grain Growers Conference in Spokane. The presidency is a one-year term. Officers typically move through different leadership positions. Klein ... Read More »

Grain commissions to combat dam misinformation

From the Capital Press The Pacific Northwest agencies representing grain farmers will unite to take a proactive approach against what they say is misinformation about the value of dams. The Idaho Wheat Commission, Oregon Wheat Commission and Washington Grain Commission made the decision Nov. 11 in Spokane during a tri-state commission meeting. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Judy Warnick and Tom Dent team up on ag issues

From the Basin Business Journal “We’re trying to sit down and understand the deals going back ten years,” 13th Legislative District Representative Tom Dent says of the Odessa Subarea surface water delivery plan. The plan to bring surface water to farmers who now are operating pumps out of the Odessa Aquifer is on hold because of the convoluted deals and ... Read More »

WDFW proposes shifting crop loss expense to farmers

From the Capital Press Farmers who lose crops to elk or deer would pay up to $600 to file a claim under a policy that the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider Friday. According to written administrative rules, the state will pay for an adjuster to assess damages. In actual practice, wildlife managers have for several years required the ... Read More »

Dye wins 9th District House seat

From The Spokesman-Review Mary Dye of Pomeroy will be coming back to Olympia next year, elected Tuesday night to keep the seat she filled through an appointment earlier this year. Dye, 54, easily beat former Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim in the general election for the 9th District House seat that became vacant when Susan Fagan resigned this spring after ... Read More »

Wheat growers invited to governor’s mansion for planting, baking demonstration

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) favorite grain will be taking up residence in a new home today, as Washington State University bread lab graduate students will be planting wheat at the Governor’s mansion in Olympia. On hand to welcome the seeds to their new plot will be Larry Cochran, WAWG President, and Nicole Berg, WAWG Past President. “We ... Read More »