Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Sharing our generous bounty: From US farms to foreign tables

From Farm Policy Facts During this season of gratitude, we are giving thanks to America’s farmers and ranchers. Not only do America’s strong federal farm policies ensure that we all have reliable access to affordable food, they also share our generous bounty with our neighbors. Nicole Berg, a fourth-generation farmer from Washington State and Vice President of the National Association ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/22: Washington remained cool, wet

From NASS There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.7 days the previous week. Clallam, Jefferson, King, Skagit and Snohomish counties reported cool and wet weather. The snow in the mountains was holding and not filling the rivers. Grass hay did well over the growing year, but there were challenges getting cuttings off in ... Read More »

NWF announces state winners for 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Today, NWF is announcing the state winners for the 2020 contest which includes 77 growers from 25 states. The Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices ... Read More »

Newhouse elected chair of Western Caucus

Yesterday, the executive committee of the Congressional Western Caucus voted unanimously to elect Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) as chairman of the Western Caucus for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 members of Congress from 35 different states and territories who advocate for rural, western and resource-based communities. ... Read More »

USDA announces sign-ups for 2021 CRP general, grasslands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the sign-up periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands in 2021. Sign-up for general CRP will be open from Jan. 4, 2021, to Feb. 12, 2021, and sign-up for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021, to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/15: Washington cooled down, had more rain

From NASS There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 5.4 days the previous week. San Juan County cooled down and had more rain. There were still some great crops coming off CSA farms. Livestock were on stockpiled feed on most farms. Others were letting livestock over-graze pastures, giving little or no rest for fall ... Read More »

NWF Announces National Winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. “This year the Foundation is awarding four Bin Buster winners, one from each of the ... Read More »

Northwest leaders urge holistic approach to four-state salmon recovery process

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has joined dozens of Northwest leaders in signing a letter to the governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho asking them to explore solutions to salmon recovery that are grounded in science; take into consideration the social cost of carbon; and balance the purposes of the Columbia-Snake River System (flood control, navigation, recreation, irrigation and ... Read More »