Speak up now in favor of Snake River dams

From the Capital Press Most people in the Pacific Northwest don’t think a lot about the rivers flowing through the hearts of our communities and states and all they provide us, but farmers certainly do. Read the rest of the editorial here. Read More »

BMPs for managing herbicide-resistant weeds in the PNW

In February’s Wheat Life, in the Washington Grain Commission section, Washington State University Extension published a best management practices (BMPs) insert to help farmers manage herbicide-resistant weeds. According to the insert, BMPs are critical to the long-term sustainability of wheat production in the Pacific Northwest. Using BMPs is the most effective way to address herbicide-resistant weeds, especially when incorporated into a long-term weed ... Read More »

Industry update on the Governor’s ‘stay at home’ order

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a new, enforceable, “stay at home” order for the state of Washington to combat the spread of COVID-19. The executive order goes into effect March 25. It directs all residents to immediately heed current state public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure ... Read More »

USDA service centers closed to public

Beginning today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) service centers will be instituting locked door policies, with no public access to USDA offices. One employee per agency will be permitted in the office (one conservation district employee, one NRCS employee, one FSA employee, etc.) on a rotating schedule. High-risk employees will not be subject to rotation during this full telework plan. ... Read More »

2020 Legislative Session WAWG wrap-up

Download the report here. The 2020 Legislative session has come to a close, concluding its intense 60-day session on time. The session began focusing on homelessness, housing and transportation in light of voter-approved $30 car tabs. However, the final days of the session were dominated by fears about the potential economic fallout from COVID-19. These fears led lawmakers to cut ... Read More »

Industry drafts letter to governor in support of ag, food supply chains

The following letter was delivered to Governor Inslee March 18, 2020, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a call to keep Washington agriculture moving forward in uncertain times. We understand COVID-19 is creating a stressful time and policy decisions are extremely difficult and fluid. You can be assured Washington’s farmers, dairies, livestock auction markets, ranchers and food processors ... Read More »

Legislative report 03/17: Legislature passes budgets, adjourns

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The 2020 legislative session wrapped up on March 12, concluding its intense 60-day session on-time for the third year in a row.  Legislators began the 2020 session primarily focused on homelessness, housing and figuring out transportation funding in light of voter-approved $30 car tabs.  Democratic lawmakers also hoped to use their large majorities in the ... Read More »

Wheat price outlook filled with uncertainty

From the Capital Press The wheat market will be full of uncertainties for the foreseeable future, a Washington Grain Commission board member says. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NASS to gather information on crop share rent data

By Christopher Mertz Director, Northwest Region, National Agricultural Statistics Service The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is working with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct a pilot nonirrigated cropland survey. The purpose of this pilot study is to provide supplemental data to FSA to help set Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rates as they pertain to ... Read More »

Temporary fix offered for Douglas County CRP issue

There’s some good news for Douglas County producers who are wondering what to do with their expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage. At February’s state board meeting of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), Jon Wyss, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Washington state executive director, announced a temporary fix for growers in Douglas County who are ineligible for the current ... Read More »