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Crop progress report 10/22: Dry times in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 29 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 77 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

WAWG pays tribute to wheat farmers in TV spot

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has teamed up with KXLY to produce a 30-second television spot paying tribute to farmers in Eastern Washington. Read More »

President’s memo cements deadline for Columbia River system reviews

From whitehouse.gov Today, President Trump signed a memorandum to reduce regulatory burdens and promote more efficient environmental reviews of water infrastructure projects in the West, including the Columbia-Snake River System. Decades of uncoordinated regulatory actions have diminished the ability of Federal infrastructure to deliver needed water and have increased costs in the West. Court actions dictating water operations have further complicated ... Read More »

NAWG welcomes ARC, PLC farm payment relief

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced farm program payments for the 2017 crop year through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which were both created in the 2014 Farm Bill, have now gone out to producers. These safety net programs provide ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1015: Frosty nights, sunny days throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 28 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 25 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 18 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 74 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Value of Washington’s 2017 ag production totaled $10.6 billion

From NASS The value of Washington’s 2017 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year value of $10.2 billion, but shy of the record high $10.7 billion in 2015.  Apples remained the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2017 value of $2.43 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but just ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1008: Washington rains, lower temperatures ushered in autumn

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 19 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

WAWG leaders emphasize farm bill at September DC fly-in

Advocacy is like seeding—timing is everything. That’s why the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) held another policy fly-in in mid-September as the conference committee continues to try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Marci Green, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG); Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director; and Nicole Berg, WAWG’s ... Read More »

WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture

From the Capital Press Trade uncertainty being resolved is a good thing for the wheat market, Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

November deadline for popular USDA conservation program

From NRCS USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced recently that the application deadline for early obligation fund pools within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washington state. The early obligation EQIP funding pools include EQIP national initiatives such as organic, high tunnel, conservation activity plans, wildfire recovery and sage grouse initiatives. For more information about these initiatives, please ... Read More »