Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Administration announces intent to negotiate trade agreements with Japan, EU and UK

At the direction of the president, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently notified Congress that the Trump Administration intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom. In officially notifying Congress, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is following the procedures set out in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of ... Read More »

Farm bill stalemate: Conservation concerns

From farmdocdaily.illinois.edu The conservation title is traditionally one of the least controversial and partisan of the major, mandatory funding titles in a farm bill debate; that the conservation title is part of the current stalemate adds to the concerns about the 2018 Farm Bill. The House version of the farm bill eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) (farmdoc daily, July ... Read More »

NAWG president hopeful farm bill will get done this year

Major farm groups along with commodity and conservation organizations are calling on Congress to finish the farm bill this year. Among those is the National Association of Wheat Growers. NAWG President Jimmie Musick, an Oklahoma grower, is hoping the final legislation gets approved yet this year. Musick sat down for an interview with WNAX Radio. Listen to it here. Read More »

NAWG welcomes ARC, PLC farm payment relief

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced farm program payments for the 2017 crop year through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which were both created in the 2014 Farm Bill, have now gone out to producers. These safety net programs provide ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1015: Frosty nights, sunny days throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 28 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 25 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 18 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 74 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

USDA issues farm safety net, conservation payments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to invest in rural America with more than $4.8 billion in payments being made, starting this month, to agricultural producers through the Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs. Approximately $3 billion in payments will be ... Read More »

Value of Washington’s 2017 ag production totaled $10.6 billion

From NASS The value of Washington’s 2017 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year value of $10.2 billion, but shy of the record high $10.7 billion in 2015.  Apples remained the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2017 value of $2.43 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but just ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1008: Washington rains, lower temperatures ushered in autumn

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 19 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

WAWG leaders emphasize farm bill at September DC fly-in

Advocacy is like seeding—timing is everything. That’s why the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) held another policy fly-in in mid-September as the conference committee continues to try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Marci Green, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG); Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director; and Nicole Berg, WAWG’s ... Read More »

WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture

From the Capital Press Trade uncertainty being resolved is a good thing for the wheat market, Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »