Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Lawmakers propose carbon fee as part of $17 billion package

From the Capital Press Washington lawmakers have proposed a carbon fee as part of a transportation funding package, the third major attempt at limiting the atmosphere-warming gas through such a policy since 2018. If passed the measure would be the first of its kind in the nation, but similar proposals in the state have failed even as scientists have ratcheted ... Read More »

USDA predicts low prices, trade war will weight on ag economy in 2019

From DTN USDA expects U.S. farmers to plant only 85 million acres of soybean acres in 2019, down 4.7%, thanks to falling commodity prices and ballooning stocks amid a trade war with China. Corn acres are projected to take over most of those lost bean acres and rise 3.3% to 92 million acres this spring. Read more here. Read More »

Congress urged to keep crop insurance

From DTN Leaders of Congressional budget committees are being asked not to sacrifice crop insurance as part of upcoming budget proposals this year. The request came in a letter from 60 agriculture, insurance, government and environmental groups on Tuesday. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Legislative update 0219: First deadline approaches

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 37th day of the 2019 Legislative Session. Committees are still holding hearings on new bills and holding executive action where they pass bills out of policy and fiscal committees. Revised drafts and amendments to bills are constantly being released which require review and input before they are voted out of committee. Friday ... Read More »

U.S. Wheat Associates’ board elects officers for 2019/20

The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors elected new officers for the 2019/20 (July to June) fiscal year at their meeting Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The board elected Rhonda K. Larson of East Grand Forks, Minn., as secretary-treasurer; Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Ore., as vice chairman; and Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio, as chairman. These farmers ... Read More »

Legislative update 0212: Lovelett appointed; pesticide bill gets public hearing

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Tuesday marked day 30 of the 2019 Legislative Session. We are more than a quarter through with the legislative session. It was a busy week last week, although the pace of bill introductions has slowed. Week 5 is off to a slower start, as all legislative committees were cancelled Monday, Feb. 11, due to heavy ... Read More »

Legislative update 0205: Pesticide bill passes out of committee

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday marked day 23 of the legislative session. So far, 1739 bills have been introduced. Committees have already begun passing bills out of committee to move them along in the process. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 22, 2019, when all bills must pass out of their respective policy committee to remain alive. Senate Labor ... Read More »

Trade mitigation funds will benefit export market development for US wheat growers

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased that U.S. wheat growers now have the opportunity to increase efforts to expand export market access with USDA’s Jan. 31 announcement awarding $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agriculture Trade Promotion Program (ATP). USW was awarded $8.25 million, which will be distributed over the next ... Read More »

Sowers named canola association executive director

From the Capital Press Karen Sowers, who has been the interim executive director of the new Pacific Northwest Canola Association since its founding, is making the position permanent. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

USDA awards ag trade promotion program funding

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. The ATP is one of three USDA programs created to mitigate the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. ... Read More »