Author Archives: Trista Crossley

U.S. wheat farmers see opportunity for growth in Southeast Asia

From U.S. Wheat Associates Every year, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) invites farmers (selected by state wheat commissions) to participate in a “Board Team” trip overseas to follow their wheat and learn from customers about the quality characteristics needed in those markets. In February, the first USW Board Team of 2019 traveled to Southeast Asia—one of the largest and fastest growing ... Read More »

NAWG leader sees more spring wheat, better trade relations ahead

From Farm Week Now Farmers likely will plant more spring wheat this year, if better weather arrives anywhere near the official start of the season (March 20), according to a farmer-leader. Jimmie Musick, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), discussed his outlook for wheat and key association priorities at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida. Read the rest ... Read More »

Legislative update 0305: Clean energy bill moves forward

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 51 of the 2019 Legislative Session. This past Friday, March 1, was the fiscal committee cutoff, the deadline by which nonbudget bills had to be passed out of fiscal committees in order to remain alive. Now that the deadline has passed, most committees will not meet for the next week and a ... Read More »

Meet our new board members

Over the past few months, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has welcomed several new board members. Here’s an introduction to some of them: Michele Kiesz, Adams County Most of the current WAWG board members are primarily dryland wheat growers. Michele Kiesz’s family farm in the Columbia Basin, however, is irrigated, but her husband, Randy, is a dryland wheat ... Read More »

WTO panel finds China over-subsidizes farmers

From the Capital Press A World Trade Organization panel has found that China distorts the global wheat trade by increasing subsidies for its farmers through price supports. “China now holds about half the world’s stocks because they have such high support prices,” said Ben Conner, vice president of policy for U.S. Wheat Associates, the overseas marketing arm of the industry. ... Read More »

NAWG, NWF name new board members at 2019 Commodity Classic

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) wrapped up the 2019 Commodity Classic with a new slate of officers. NAWG’s board is pictured above. NAWG President and Southwest Oklahoma farmer Jimmie Musick has passed the gavel down to Vice President Ben Scholz, a farmer from Texas. Michigan wheat farmer Dave Milligan moved up the ... Read More »

NAWG joins other top ag organizations to endorse USMCA

The National Corn Growers Association (NGGA), American Soybean Association (ASA), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and National Sorghum Producers (NSP) have announced their support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico and Canada account for 25 percent of all U.S. agriculture exports, and USMCA preserves and builds upon the existing trading relationship between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Members representing ... Read More »

Legislative update 0226: Transportation packages unveiled

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday was the first cut-off of the 2019 Legislative Session. Cut-off dates play a crucial role in the legislative process as any bills that have not made it out of a policy committee are considered “dead” and no longer eligible to move forward this year. Legislation not covered by Friday’s deadline include bills that ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0226: Winter storms wreak havoc on parts of Washington

From NASS Heavy, wet snow hit western Washington in early February. Lewis County had several outbuildings collapse, including a dairy barn and two empty poultry buildings. Calving started, however, many producers had trouble sourcing hay for their livestock. Producers were concerned about seed crops in Skagit and Island counties. Jefferson County had saturated ground and pastures leading to poor rangeland. ... Read More »

Editorial: Inslee’s proposed Snake River dam task force will be a waste of money

From the Tri-City Herald State legislators looking to trim the budget this session can save $750,000 straight off if they don’t fund a proposed Snake River dams task force. Such a group is not needed, and giving it the green light would be a shameful waste of money. We suggest our regional lawmakers keep an eye out for this unnecessary ... Read More »