Examining the new CRP changes, and what they mean for Washington wheat

By Keva Herron Guszkowski WAWG Policy Director The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is important to many wheat farmers because it helps them address natural resource concerns, such as water and air quality, soil erosion, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, wildlife habitat preservation and emergency response for natural disasters. CRP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency ... Read More »

Forecast confirms warm winter awaits Washington

From the Capital Press The U.S. Climate Prediction Center reinforced yesterday that Washington can expect a winter similar to last year’s, which led to one of the state’s worse droughts on record. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

In 9th District race, campaign trail and John Wayne Trail intersect

From The Spokesman-Review This year’s campaign trail in Washington’s 9th Legislative District may intersect with an actual trail, and the controversy surrounding it. A botched legislative proposal to close a stretch of the John Wayne Heritage Trail through parts of the district angered some townspeople along the trail. It also prompted a crowded town hall meeting in Tekoa and led ... Read More »

Idaho Grain Producers Association hires new ED

Stacey Katseanes Satterlee will replace former Executive Director Travis Jones who left to take a position with the office of Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson. Satterlee has spent time in Washington, D.C., as vice president of government affairs for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and as director of federal government affairs for the Western Growers Association. She grew up on ... Read More »

Drought is conspicuous for those outside the aquifer

From the Spokesman-Review The small orchard on Bob Sanborn’s 10-acre Colbert property should have produced bushels of fruit this year. There are pear and apple trees and Santa Rosa plums “this big around and a deep purple inside,” said Sanborn, a retired computer technician. But his apple and pear trees are almost devoid of fruit, and the plums are the ... Read More »

Inslee’s chemical hunt won’t target ag, officials say

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s renewed push to scrub toxics from waterways won’t affect agriculture because farm chemicals already are regulated by federal law, state officials say. At a press conference last week in Seattle, Inslee said his administration will target chemicals in everyday products, such as brake pads and furniture. The Ecology and Health departments will develop ... Read More »

WSU Extension research finds way to fight cheatgrass

From the New York Times Cheatgrass could vie for the title of the most successful invasive species in North America. The weed lives in every state, and is the dominant plant on more than 154,000 square miles of the West, by one estimate. When it turns green in the spring, “you can actually see it from space,” said Bethany Bradley, ... Read More »

Preliminary 2015 WSU Variety Testing data available

Preliminary 2015 Washington State University Variety Testing data is available here. Also new on the website are articles on: •Control Rush Skeletonweed in the fall. •What to sow when pH is low. •Another warm, dry winter favored in 2015/16. •Getting the facts on soil acidification in the Palouse. Read More »

Years later, dam removal still an issue in PNW

Their marketing might suggest Patagonia can create a Better Sweater®, but that doesn’t make them experts when it comes to the Snake Columbia River System. Efforts by the California-based clothing company to reinvigorate the dam breaching debate with its Oct. 3 flotilla protest not only goes against the last dozen years of scientific studies by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ... Read More »

Washington’s drought predicted to extend into second year

From a 09/24/15 Washington State Department of Ecology news release Even though cooler temperatures and fall colors are returning, Washington’s historic drought isn’t over. Not by a long shot. “The recent rains were nice, but we’re not out of the woods yet,” said Director Maia Bellon with the Washington Department of Ecology. “We’re carrying a huge water deficit into this ... Read More »