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One-year extension available to some expiring CRP contracts

From the Farm Service Agency As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 0601: Stripe rust is low in Palouse

By Xianming Chen Last week, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman County of Washington and Latah County of Idaho. Winter wheat ranged from boot (Feekes 10) to flowered (Feekes 10.53). Crops in most fields were in excellent condition. Stripe rust was found in few commercial winter wheat fields in very low incidence (less than <0.1 percent). Most of the ... Read More »

Asotin County wheat growers award scholarship

Alicia Heitstuman, daughter of Sam and Linda Heitstuman of Clarkston, Wash., has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Asotin County wheat growers. Alicia grew up on her family’s farm and ranch and got involved in 4-H when she was nine years old. She has taken a steer to the Asotin County Fair for the past 10 years and is ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0527: Superb growing condition in Washington with some weevils, rust in Klickitat, Whitman counties

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 40 degrees F was reported in the central region, while a high temperature of 93 degrees F was also reported ... Read More »

Wheat growers push back against Farm Bill critics

From the Capital Press Washington wheat representatives declined to participate in a recent Washington Policy Center conference in Spokane because a speaker claims agriculture is not experiencing a financial crisis and is calling for the termination of farm subsidy programs. The center is “an independent, nonprofit think tank that promotes sound public policy based on free-market solutions,” according to its ... Read More »

Northwest farmers fret over farm bill, crop insurance

From NW News Network The U.S. House of Representatives recently failed to pass a farm bill and Northwest farmers are worried that the process is not plowing ahead. The farm bill is a massive piece of federal policy that guides everything from food stamps to land conservation to agricultural research. One of the top things the farm bill does is ... Read More »

Wheat farmers call for stable, predictable farm programs in current farm economy

In a pivotal time for American agricultural producers, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) continues to urge Congress for swift passage of a bipartisan farm bill. And as the debate continues across the nation, WAWG calls for the focus to be on the facts, particularly with critical programs like crop insurance and commodity programs. In response to the upcoming ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0520: Flooding reported in Okanogan, Ferry counties while fair conditions prevailed in rest of Washington

From NASS There were 5.1 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 62 percent good and 11 percent excellent. A low temperature of 40 degrees F was reported in the southeast region, while a high temperature of 94 degrees F was also reported in the southeast region. ... Read More »

NAWG statement on House failure to pass farm bill

Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the House. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, Okla., farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG is disappointed that the farm bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0513: Washington alfalfa was ready to cut, while some cattle ventured towards mountains

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 68 percent good and 12 percent excellent. A low temperature of 36 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 90 degrees F was reported in the northeast and western ... Read More »