Tag Archives: trade

Trade tariffs costly for U.S. farmers

Editorial from the Capital Press This week, reporters from the Capital Press tried to put a dollar figure to the impact of retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. agriculture products to farmers and rancher in the West. It’s an elusive number, but it appears to be in the neighborhood of $4.1 billion over the next year. That’s a significant number in ... Read More »

Ag cautiously optimistic about Trump trade agenda

From the Capital Press The wheels are beginning to turn on trade moves that will benefit U.S. farmers, but some major concerns remain, the head of an agricultural trade organization says. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Sept. 13, focused on the Trump administration’s trade agenda. Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers For Free Trade, said he is cautiously ... Read More »

Senators grill administration officials on tariffs, trade

From the Capital Press Desperation in farm country due to low commodity prices and retaliatory tariffs by U.S. trade partners was the central theme of last week’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on trade. The committee questioned Ted McKinney, USDA undersecretary for trade, and Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator, on what is being done to resolve trade disputes and forge new ... Read More »

NAWG, USW welcome attention on trade policy risks, opportunities

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) appreciate the Senate Agriculture Committee holding a hearing on “Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade” Sept. 13, 2018, focused on the Trump Administration’s trade agenda. The organizations are encouraged that Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow, as well as the members of the administration who testified today, recognize the ... Read More »

Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

From the Spokesman-Review The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy this season, as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said Wednesday. Scott Yates, the director of communications for the Washington Grain Commission, and Creston-area farmer Mike Carstensen both were featured speakers Wednesday at the Spokane ... Read More »

USDA aid package fails to consider all commodities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of the $12 billion package of aid to farmers hurt by retaliation resulting from the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. According to the USDA press announcement, assistance to wheat growers will be 14¢ per bushel. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, ... Read More »

A quick glance at the Market Facilitation Program

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting ... Read More »

WAWG spends week in DC highlighting state’s ag industry

Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) President Marci Green and WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings were in Washington, D.C., last month to take part in the WSU/WSDA Taste of Washington D.C. Trip, which showcased the Evergreen State’s agricultural industry to Congress. As part of the trip, Hennings and Green were also able to lobby policymakers during a critical time in ... Read More »

Wheat farmers are becoming long-term casualties of Trump’s trade wars

From the Capital Press There’s a reason it’s called a trade war. There are casualties. The first of victims on this battlefield are American farmers. Like any battle, the element of surprise can be advantageous, but wheat farmers in America are the ones standing by in shock. Read the rest of the column from the National Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

House ag chair visits with Eastern Washington farmers

By Trista Crossley Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) spent Wednesday morning talking about the 2018 Farm Bill, trade and market access program funding with Eastern Washington agricultural stakeholders during a breakfast meeting in Spokane, Wash. Representing the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) at the breakfast were Marci Green, ... Read More »