Farm group meets EPA’s fee for What’s Upstream records

From the Capital Press A Washington state farm group this week assured the Environmental Protection Agency that it will pay $2,000 for records related to the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign. Save Family Farming, whose members include Western Washington diaries under scrutiny by environmental groups, wants to know the depth of EPA’s involvement and its motives for funding the campaign, the ... Read More »

The election season is underway…

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Washington Association of Wheat Growers Lobbyist Diana Carlen has provided the following summary of who has filed for office in Washington state this election cycle. Senate The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus currently control the Senate by 26-23. The major races in the Senate are as follows: · 43rd District (Mercer Island): Sen. Steve Litzow (R) ... Read More »

May 26 stripe rust update

Stripe rust found throughout Pacific Northwest wheat fields By Xianming Chen Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS We were checking wheat and barley fields on May 25 in Latah County of Idaho and Whitman, Spokane, Lincoln, Grant, Douglas and Adams counties of Washington. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 10 (boot) to Feekes 10.5.4 (milk), and spring wheat and barley ranged From Feekes 1 ... Read More »

McGregor Company awards scholarships to PNW students

The McGregor Company will award 10 Standing Tall for American Agriculture scholarships to regional high school seniors this spring. The 2016 graduating high school seniors who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship are: • Marisa Lustig, Cottonwood, Idaho • Anthony Wiley, Prosser, Wash. • Madison Fisher, Wilder, Idaho • Kenton Lyman, Colfax, Wash. • Miles Maxcer, Moscow, Idaho • Hallie ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report May 16

For the week ending May 15 Washington state crops ahead of schedule and livestock are thriving There were 6.0 days suitable for field work. Pasture conditions were reported as 6 % poor, 17% fair, 52% good and 25% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from 32 degrees Fahrenheit in the central region to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the southeast region, ... Read More »

Warning letters, complaint process top agenda at water meeting

It was a mixed agenda at the most recent meeting of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Agriculture and Water Quality Advisory Committee in Airway Heights at the end of March. Topics discussed ranged from frivolous complaints and nonpoint pollution plan funding to Ecology’s intent to send warning letters to some southeast Washington producers. Kelly Susewind, Ecology special assistant, ... Read More »

Wheat variety trial tours to focus on stripe rust, protein

From the Capital Press The region’s wheat variety trial crop tour season kicks off May 25 with the Columbia County, Wash., conservation tour and runs through July 14, wrapping up with tours in St. John and Lamont. For the most part, crop conditions look good, said Ryan Higginbotham, Washington State University Extension regional specialist for cereal variety testing. Read the ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report May 9

For the week ending May 8 Washington state crops ahead of schedule and crop conditions were great There were 6.2 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 6 % poor, 17% fair, 57% good and 20% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from 36 degrees in the central and southeast regions to 91 degrees in the southeast region, ... Read More »

May 5 stripe rust update

By Xianming Chen Stripe rust has been spreading and developing quickly since the last update on April 13. The disease is now everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. When we took the early season note at Mount Vernon in Skagit County in northwestern Washington on April 18, stripe rust reached 60 percent severity on susceptible winter wheat varieties, as usual for ... Read More »

What’s Upstream finally makes impression on Washington lawmakers

From the Capital Press A campaign funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to sway Washington legislators apparently went unnoticed during the 2016 session, but it’s getting unflattering attention now. The chairmen of the Senate and House agriculture committees Tuesday criticized the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign, saying it reinforced negative views of the EPA as an overreaching agency. Read the rest ... Read More »