Tag Archives: advocacy

State legislative report for the week of Jan. 25: WAWG leaders testify for DNR, overtime bills

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked day 19 of the 2021 Legislative Session. While there has been a sharp decline of new bills being introduced, committees are busy hearing, amending and voting out bills. The first deadline is fast approaching which is Feb. 15, when all bills must be voted out of their policy committee or they are dead ... Read More »

WAWG past president testifies in support of SB 5172

This week, Nicole Berg, a farmer from Benton County, a past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and vice president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, testified in support of SB 5172, a bill concerning the retroactivity of overtime claims in exceptional cases. More than 150 people were signed up to testify. Here is Berg’s testimony, which ... Read More »

WAWG testifies in support of HB 1199, DNR lease bill

Earlier today, Ryan Poe, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, testified in support of HB 1199, a bill that would provide compensation to Washington State Department of Natural Resources lessees whose leases are terminated for reasons other than default. The bill was being heard in the House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. The hearing was recorded on ... Read More »

WAWG president testifies against cap and trade

This week, Washington Association of Wheat Growers President Ryan Poe spoke to the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee against SB 5126 (proposal for implementing a cap and trade program). Here is his testimony: “Good morning Chair Carlyle and members of the Committee: For the record, my name is Ryan Poe.  I am a 5th generation farmer from Hartline, Wash.  ... Read More »

NAWG shares priorities with Biden-Harris transition team

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) issued a letter to the Biden-Harris transition team which introduces NAWG, outlines pending policy issues needing immediate attention for the upcoming administration and provides a primer on the wheat industry. NAWG president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in ... Read More »

WAWG kicks off Legislative Action Fund drive, donations needed

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) Legislative Action Fund (LAF) helps to provide funding for the organization’s lobbying efforts, especially in Olympia and Washington, D.C.  This year, meeting formats may look different than in the past, but it has never been more critical to have wheat growers’ voices heard. WAWG needs your generous contributions to continue to tell wheat’s ... Read More »

National Representation Helps Wheat Farmers Triumph Through COVID-19

By Chandler Goule, CEO National Association of Wheat Growers COVID-19 has presented wheat farmers, and all of agriculture, with numerous challenges and setbacks. However, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the leading advocacy organization for America’s wheat farmers, was able to address many of these hurdles and, as a result, has grown as an organization. NAWG has had many ... Read More »

Stories from the wheat farm: The Bailey Family and LM Farms from St. John, Wash.

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. wheat farm families grow six distinct classes of wheat across the diverse landscape of the United States. Those farmers take great care in producing the highest quality wheat in the most sustainable ways possible to honor their family legacies and to ensure greater value for their customers at home and abroad. Behind the world’s most ... Read More »

Jacobson to retire after 18 years at Idaho Wheat Commission

From the Capital Press Blaine Jacobson will retire from the Idaho Wheat Commission at the end of June, after 18 years as its executive director. “Every bit of those 18 years has been enjoyable,” Jacobson told the Capital Press. “I enjoyed the wheat growers I’ve worked with, the commissioners I reported to. I’ve had excellent staff. All of them have ... Read More »