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Inslee expects Legislature to give climate-change agenda warm reception

From the Capital Press A climate-change agenda outlined Monday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls for banning coal by 2025, mandating reductions in vehicle emissions and spending millions on energy-efficient buildings and to subsidize electric vehicles. The package does not not include a fee on greenhouse gases. Speaking at a press conference in Seattle, Inslee didn’t rule out a carbon ... Read More »

Progress report: Moving forward to limit falling number risks

By Alex McGregor The Hagberg-Perten (H-P) test that grades wheat by measuring the effects of the alpha-amylase (AA) enzyme was developed a long time ago. Its original purpose was not to measure grain quality, but to help bakers wanting to know how much AA to add when making loaves of bread.  Back then Dwight Eisenhower was president, Hawaii and Alaska ... Read More »

Convention slideshow, presidents’ video online

One of the highlights of each year’s convention are the slideshows playing on the big screens before meals. Here’s the slideshow from the Washington Awards Banquet, and here’s a video of the three state association presidents welcoming convention attendees. Read More »

Paid family, medical leave is coming to Washington state

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist In 2017, the Washington Legislature passed a bipartisan bill creating a new Paid Family & Medical Leave Program. Agencies are continuing to work on rules to implement the new law, but parts of the law come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The law creates a statewide insurance program that lets employees get partial wage ... Read More »

Democrats to control state legislature with higher margins

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Preliminary results from the November general election indicate that Democrats will maintain and significantly increase their majorities in the state Senate and state House of Representatives for the 2019 Legislative Session.   Based on election results available at the time of publication, Democrats increased their majority in the House from 50 to 57 and from 25 ... Read More »

2018 convention wraps up another successful year

Nearly everything came up smelling like roses at last month’s 2018 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland, Ore., where approximately 300 growers, stakeholders and industry representatives gathered to hear the latest updates on issues and socialize. “This year’s convention was a great success,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). “Our speakers really focused ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/26: Frosty Washington closes up for winter

From NASS There were 4.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 15 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 24 percent fair and 24 percent good. A low temperature of 14 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 58 degrees F was reported in the western ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/19: Western Washington wet, mild while Eastern Washington remained dry, cold

From NASS There were 4.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 20 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 15 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 58 degrees F was reported ... Read More »

NWF announces state winners of the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Yesterday, NWF announced the state winners for the 2018 Contest which includes 82 growers from 23 states. “It’s great to see winners from such states as New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia who aren’t commonly known for producing wheat,” stated NWF Board President ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/12: Renewed soil, frosty temps in Washington

From NASS There were 4.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 23 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 13 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 66 degrees F was reported ... Read More »