2020 producer, landowner farm bill education workshops are online

Three workshops were held this week to help growers and landowners understand changes to the 2018 Farm Bill commodity programs ARC-CO and PLC. The workshops were sponsored by the Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization in conjunction with Washington State University (WSU) Extension. Lori Williams, WAWG’s outreach coordinator, live streamed the third session, in Colfax. If you missed the chance to ... Read More »

Trade deals bode well for Washington wheat

After years of poor prices and promised, but unrealized trade deals, Eastern Washington farmers are finally holding a winning hand as multiple agreements are being signed, sealed and delivered. The latest success is the passage of the USMCA treaty by the U.S. Senate 89 to 10 on Jan. 16. But a preliminary trade agreement with China, the details of which ... Read More »

Snake River dam speakers focus on impacts

From the Capital Press Representatives supporting agriculture, fish and other uses spoke Jan. 13 during the third and final public workshop on the draft of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s study of the four lower Snake River dams. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

To do list: WAWG sets its 2020 legislative priorities

As 2020 kicks off, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers is gearing up for a busy year where trade, fighting mandatory carbon regulations and preserving the lower Snake River dams top the legislative to-do list. “At the state level, we will be opposing any potential harmful carbon regulations that would unfairly impact our growers. Protecting the lower Snake River dams ... Read More »

Policy center adds up tax burden Washington farmers pay

From the Capital Press A Washington think tank has released a new white paper tallying the tax burden the state’s 39,000 farmers pay. The total in 2018 was nearly $923 million, according to the Washington Policy Center, a nonprofit think tank. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Early 2020 stripe rust forecast predicts severe levels

From Dr. Xianming Chen Based on the weather conditions in November and December 2019, stripe rust in the 2020 wheat growing season is forecasted to be in the severe epidemic level range (40-60 percent yield loss). Using forecast models based on the 2019 November and December weather data, yield loss of highly susceptible winter wheat varieties in the 2020 crop ... Read More »

Stakeholders urged to attend dam study workship

From the Capital Press River advocates say it is important for farmers, ranchers and other industry representatives to attend meetings about the Washington governor’s study on dams on the Lower Snake River. Environmental groups have for years called for the removal of the Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams, citing their impacts on federally protected salmon ... Read More »

Study: US would lose over $2.3 billion by breaching lower Snake River dams

Loss of dams would also significantly increase carbon emissions and impacts to fragile economies The removal of four lower Snake River dams would cost the U.S. over $2.3 billion over the next 30 years, lead to significant additional carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, and jeopardize health, safety and livelihoods in already economically fragile local and regional economies, according ... Read More »

Crop progress report 12/19: Washington was wet on the west side, mild in the Palouse

From NASS The recent wet weather patterns around the Puget Sound helped soil moisture, penetrating the dry layers from autumn. These rains refreshed the soils and reduced fire danger. The last few days of December brought wind. Most livestock were moved to higher ground or heavy-use areas. Orchards and berry plantings were pruned. CSA operations have continued production for winter ... Read More »

What’s coming down the pike for 2020 Legislative Session?

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 13, 2020, the Washington State Legislature will convene in Olympia for a 60-day “short session.” The main task of legislators will be to pass supplemental budgets for the operating, transportation and capital budgets. The supplemental budgets are generally minor adjustments to the biennial budgets (passed in the 2019 “long session”) based on updated ... Read More »