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Crop Progress Report 07/30: Dry weather persisted in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 11 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 26 percent good and 8 percen excellent. A low temperature of 45 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 102 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ... Read More »

Warwick vows to continue to fight for rural Washington

Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake), sponsor and lead negotiator on the Senate bill overturning the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision and restoring the right of rural property owners to drill household wells, offered the following statement last week regarding House leaders’ refusal to act on the issue during the 2017 legislative session: “While I am disappointed that the House leadership chose to ... Read More »

Crop Progress Report 07/23: State continues to be in a dry spell amid harvest

There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 10 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 44 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 38 degrees F was reported in the northeast region. A high temperature of 102 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged ... Read More »

Legislative update: Legislature adjourned, but no water fix, no capital budget

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By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday, July 21, the state Legislature adjourned on the final day of the third special session without passing a capital budget or a fix to a Supreme Court decision addressing water rights known as the Hirst decision. Lawmakers were in session for 193 days this year on what was scheduled to be a 105-day session. While ... Read More »

Crop insurance is vital part of producers’ financial plans

The Berg's wheat crop in 2015 during a multiyear drought.

How many people can go multiple years without being paid for the work they do? For farmers, that situation is all too common, as a crop can be destroyed by hail, fire, drought, etc., ruining a year’s worth of work very quickly. The only way to survive is through crop insurance. Crop insurance is a vital part of producers’ financial ... Read More »

Crop progress 07/16: Dry conditions persisted

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 5 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 53 percent good and 13 percent excellent. A low temperature of 43 degrees F was reported in the western region, while a high temperature of 102 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ... Read More »

Without overseas trade, Washington wheat industry would suffer

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With approximately 90 percent of Washington’s wheat being exported overseas, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that trade is the lifeblood of Washington wheat farmers. The agriculture industry relies heavily on funding from the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to develop new markets and support existing ones. Studies have shown that these programs generate ... Read More »

D.C. trip to shine light on impacts of proposed budget cuts

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Officers and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) are in Washington, D.C., to talk to legislators about the possible impacts of proposed federal budget cuts in three areas critical to Washington wheat farmers: research, trade, and crop insurance. “This trip is focused on demonstrating to legislators how the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts in research, trade and crop ... Read More »

WAWG: Removing dams would be devastating

Ice Harbor Lock and dam

From Washington Ag Network Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers told the Washington Ag Network removing the dams would be devastating, since 90 percent of wheat grown here is exported. “The Columbia River/Snake River system is the top wheat export gateway in the United States and the third larget export gateway in the world.  Over ... Read More »

NAWG leadership address growers at June board meeting

David Schemm (right), a wheat farmer from Kansas and current president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and Chandler Goule (second from right), CEO of NAWG, kicked off a visit to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) by attending the June state board meeting to tell growers what’s going on in Washington, D.C., and what issues NAWG is addressing.

By Trista Crossley It’s not unusual to have visitors at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) monthly board meetings, but last month’s visitors literally flew across the country to be there. David Schemm, a wheat farmer from Kansas and current president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and Chandler Goule, CEO of NAWG, kicked off a visit ... Read More »