State

First stripe rust report for 2019 calls for normal levels

From Dr. Xianming Chen Field survey in November 2018  On Nov. 16, 2018, our crew was checking winter wheat fields in Whitman, Lincoln, Adams, Grant and Douglas counties in Eastern Washington and found two leaves with stripe rust in only one field in Grant County near the border with Lincoln County. Wheat plants in that field were at Feekes 4. The ... Read More »

Inslee, Democrats and the environment

Crosscut considers the fact that Democrats have a solid majority in both houses of the statehouse for the first time in years and a long list of environmental priorities. Will they and Gov. Inslee be successful in passing environmental legislation? Read the article here. Read More »

USDA to reopen FSA offices for additional services during government shutdown

From USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Jan. 22 that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.  Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan. 17, and will continue to do so through ... Read More »

Legislative report 01/22: Bills so far focusing on energy proposals

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington Legislature convened its 105-day session on Monday, January 14thin what we expect to be a busy year.  Democrats control the agenda in Olympia after significantly increasing their margins in the November election.  Democrats control the Senate 28-21 and in the House by 57-41.  There are many new faces in Olympia as twenty-eight new ... Read More »

WSDA updates use-restricted herbicides in certain counties

The Washington Department of Agriculture recently updated its rules relating to use-restricted herbicides in certain counties.  The purpose of this change was to update references and make the rule easier to understand. Complete information is available on the agency web site at: https://agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/PM/UseRestrictedHerbicides.aspx Read More »

McMorris Rodgers: ‘We need to strike a deal to end shutdown

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks to the Capital Press about the next few years in Congress, her decision to step down from a leadership role and how she’ll continue to represent the state’s farmers and ranchers. Read the interview here. Read More »

Shutdown may delay hire of USDA falling number researcher

From the Capital Press The partial federal government shutdown could delay the hiring of a USDA researcher to lead the investigation into starch problems in wheat, an industry representative says. Before the shutdown, the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Pullman, Wash., was on track to post the job announcement in January, said Mary Palmer Sullivan, vice president of the Washington ... Read More »

In session: NW legislatures take up issues impacting agriculture

From the Capital Press The three Northwest legislatures go to work this month, addressing a wide variety of issues that will impact their state’s farmers and ranchers. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

What WAWG’s working on for growers

Handicapping association’s 2019 federal, state legislative agenda It may be a new year, but many of the issues on the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) legislative agenda aren’t. The WAWG leadership team is gearing up for what looks to be a busy legislative season. The midterm elections saw a large number of freshman lawmakers elected to the state legislature, ... Read More »

Information regarding January’s Wheat Life

Dear WAWG members, We’re all familiar with the adage, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Unfortunately, our plans to reach out to nonmembers and encourage them to become members went a bit off the rails with our January issue of Wheat Life. Every few years, we use an issue of Wheat Life to reach out ... Read More »