Author Archives: Trista Crossley

The trouble with tariffs

From The Lewiston Tribune This season’s harvest appears to be “phenomenal,” with high yields and excellent quality. The question is: Who will buy it? Farmers in Idaho and Washington face steep unknowns when they go to sell their wheat because of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on certain buyers of American products, primarily China. Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Stripe rust season: ‘A good year for farmers’

From the Capital Press The level of stripe rust in Pacific Northwest wheat fields this year mirrored earlier predictions of a normal year, said Xianming Chen, a USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist in Pullman, Wash. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

The great crop insurance debate

From the Capital Press Critics say crop insurance subsidizes farmers, but it is the only guarantee of help when disaster strikes. Several years ago, drought decimated Nicole Berg’s wheat crop. To break even, her family needed a yield of at least 7 bushels per acre, but a crop insurance assessor estimated Berg’s wheat would yield just 3 bushels per acre. ... Read More »

Court decision leaves state responsible for fixing culverts

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in what is known as the “Culvert Case.” The Culvert Case involves a 17-year battle over who pays to install or replace stream culverts where salmon are blocked. The effect of the tie decision means that the lower court decision stands, requiring Washington ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0813: Good grain harvest continued in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 16 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 45 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 112 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

WAWG spends week in DC highlighting state’s ag industry

Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) President Marci Green and WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings were in Washington, D.C., last month to take part in the WSU/WSDA Taste of Washington D.C. Trip, which showcased the Evergreen State’s agricultural industry to Congress. As part of the trip, Hennings and Green were also able to lobby policymakers during a critical time in ... Read More »

Wheat farmers are becoming long-term casualties of Trump’s trade wars

From the Capital Press There’s a reason it’s called a trade war. There are casualties. The first of victims on this battlefield are American farmers. Like any battle, the element of surprise can be advantageous, but wheat farmers in America are the ones standing by in shock. Read the rest of the column from the National Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

House ag chair visits with Eastern Washington farmers

By Trista Crossley Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) spent Wednesday morning talking about the 2018 Farm Bill, trade and market access program funding with Eastern Washington agricultural stakeholders during a breakfast meeting in Spokane, Wash. Representing the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) at the breakfast were Marci Green, ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0806: Plentiful berries, wheat, sunshine in Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 16 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 32 percent good. A low temperature of 48 degrees F was reported in the southeast and northeast regions, while a high temperature of 106 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Important crop insurance deadline nears in PNW

From the Risk Management Agency The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington states to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2019 crop year before the sales closing dates. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the sales closing dates to do so. ... Read More »