State

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 »

State legislative report Jan. 27

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Week 2 of the legislative session was busy with public hearings on legislation. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 5, 2016, when all policy bills must make it out of their policy committees. Tim Eyman’s I-1366 Latest Initiative Ruled Unconstitutional Last Thursday, a King County Superior Judge ruled I-1366 unconstitutional and voided it. I-1366, approved ... Read More »

House bill proposes option to Washington Ecology’s manure rules

From the Capital Press A dairy industry-backed House bill introduced Friday proposes that the Washington Department of Agriculture help develop an alternative to manure-handling rules expected soon from the state’s ecology agency. House Bill 2840 wouldn’t stop the Department of Ecology from issuing those rules, which dairy lobbyists contend could be a financially crushing combination of state and federal laws. ... Read More »

Idaho wheat industry, Limagrain partnership producing results

From the Capital Press When Idaho wheat industry leaders announced a public-private partnership with one of the world’s leading seed companies in 2012, they said the relationship would result in better varieties for Pacific Northwest growers. Less than four years later, that is happening. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »