Author Archives: Trista Crossley

USDA to Invest $8 Million to Expand Monitoring of Soil Carbon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest $8 million to support and expand monitoring of carbon in soil on working agricultural lands as well as assess how climate-smart practices are affecting carbon sequestration. This is part of USDA’s efforts to build out a national soil carbon monitoring network, which was kicked off with soil carbon monitoring on Conservation ... Read More »

Wheat growers welcome legislation supporting increased export promotion funding

U.S. wheat growers have a long history of recognizing the value of export market development by supporting the successful public-private partnership with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). That is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the introduction of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act of 2022 in the ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/25:  Dry, warmer weather transitioned Washington growers to row crop harvest 

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.7 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal throughout Washington as the autumn season started with a warmer and dry weather pattern. There were some scattered showers reported in the northeast region of the state. Overall, the small grain harvest was complete. This allowed ... Read More »

USDA to survey PNW farm chemical use, production costs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will gather information about production practices from producers across the Northwest Region as part of the 2022 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). “ARMS is a vital survey that tracks how Idaho, Oregon and Washington farms use technology to manage production,” said NASS Northwest Regional Deputy Director Dennis Koong. “The ... Read More »

Growers bring taste of Washington to D.C.

For the past few days, wheat industry representatives have been in Washington, D.C., to take part in the annual Taste of Washington fly-in with Washington State University, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and other commodity groups. The Taste of Washington event spotlights Washington-grown products and promotes Washington agriculture to members of Congress. As part of that trip, wheat growers met ... Read More »

NAWG president testifies in House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill hearing

Recently, National Association of Wheat Growers president and Washington state wheat grower, Nicole Berg, testified in front of the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee, A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Stakeholder Perspectives on Title II Conservation Programs. Berg highlighted how the farm bill voluntary conservation programs are significant in terms of environmental benefits and assistance ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/18:  Grain Harvest Nearly Completed Throughout Washington 

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal throughout Washington. In central Washington, grain harvest was nearly completed. In Chelan County, spotty showers were present, with heavy precipitation in some areas. Some acres of winter wheat were replanted due to soil crusting. Wheat that was planted one ... Read More »