Author Archives: Trista Crossly

FSA county committees seeking producer involvement

County committee elections are now underway. The election of responsible agricultural producers to the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer takes part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of ... Read More »

Crop progress report 05/16: Dry conditions affected crop conditions in Washington

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 6.8 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for the week ending May 16 were above normal. In western Washington, pastures were in prime condition with grasses that started to boot. Well drained sandy-loamy soils dried out, and livestock were on pasture rotations. In Snohomish County, grass ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 05/13: Very little stripe rust found in commercial fields

By Dr. Xianming Chen On May 12, we were checking winter wheat fields in Whitman, Adams, Lincoln, Grant, Douglas, Columbia and Garfield counties. Wheat crops ranged from middle jointing (Feekes 6) to heading (Feekes 10), and most fields appeared dry and needed moisture. No stripe rust was found in all checked commercial wheat fields except one field in Garfield County ... Read More »

NAWG CEO Promotes Jake Westlin

This week, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO, Chandler Goule, promoted Jake Westlin to senior director of policy and communications. Jake joined NAWG in October 2019 and has been a key part of NAWG’s policy team and has managed a host of projects during his tenure. Through Jake’s six years working with Capitol Hill and his work on two ... Read More »

Bill makes Washington DOT fund county weed control

From the Capital Press A bill stemming partly from the Washington Department of Transportation’s refusal to fund county weed-control districts was signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee. House Bill 1355 clarifies that state agencies must pay weed-control assessments. The transportation department had declined, an example that farm groups worried would spread to other public landowners. Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Rail Merger Proposals Should Improve Competition, Hold Down Wheat Shipping Rates

From U.S. Wheat Associates On March 21, 2021, Canadian Pacific (CP) Railways announced a $25 billion plan to merge with Kansas City Southern (KCS), calling it a “transformative” remake of the freight-rail industry. The proposed new railroad would be the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada-linked rail line. Not to be out-done, Canadian National Railway (CN) began talks with KCS in late April, saying ... Read More »

Crop progress report 05/09: Dry conditions with more fieldwork in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work, up from 6.7 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for the week ending May 9 were mostly below normal. In western Washington, planting was ahead of schedule for most producers. Planted crops looked good due to the nice weather. In Clallam and Jefferson counties, corn was planted ... Read More »

Agriculture pleased administration recognizes its role in conservation

From the Capital Press The Biden administration has released a report outlining its vision to conserve and restore land, water and wildlife with recommendations for locally led, voluntary efforts to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The 24-page report outlining the administration’s “America the Beautiful” initiative recognizes the contributions of farmers, ranchers, forest owners, private landowners and ... Read More »

NAWG signs letter calling for additional funding for ag research infrastructure

The National Association of Wheat Growers joined the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and more than 300 agricultural organizations to call on Congress to invest $11.5 billion in the federal agricultural research infrastructure at colleges of agriculture. In the letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, the groups wrote, “Modern agricultural research ... Read More »

NW solar, wind developments could impact vast swaths of ag land

From the Capital Press Up to 146,000 acres of the Northwest — much of it farmland — could be converted to solar production by 2050, according to a recent study. In addition, wind power production could directly impact nearly 8,800 acres. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »