Author Archives: Trista Crossley

NAWG urges president to sign farm bill into law

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds the Senate and House of Representatives for their quick action and bipartisan votes on the 2018 Farm Bill conference report and calls on the president to sign the bill into law as quickly as possible. “Historically low prices, trade instability and the current weather challenges ... Read More »

Inslee expects Legislature to give climate-change agenda warm reception

From the Capital Press A climate-change agenda outlined Monday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls for banning coal by 2025, mandating reductions in vehicle emissions and spending millions on energy-efficient buildings and to subsidize electric vehicles. The package does not not include a fee on greenhouse gases. Speaking at a press conference in Seattle, Inslee didn’t rule out a carbon ... Read More »

USW urges USTR to help protect wheat exports to Japan through trade negotiations

From U.S. Wheat Associates When the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) enters into force Dec. 31, 2018, Japan will grant preferential access to wheat export countries that are in the agreement. This has the potential to slash sales to a crucial market for U.S. wheat farmers. That is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson urged the U.S. ... Read More »

Wheat: The hidden opportunity

From Successful Farming With much of the recent grain trade headlines attributed to China and soybeans lately, there is one commodity that is sleeping in the background, which might end up being the grain that needs to truly be watched as we head into 2019: Wheat. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Progress report: Moving forward to limit falling number risks

By Alex McGregor The Hagberg-Perten (H-P) test that grades wheat by measuring the effects of the alpha-amylase (AA) enzyme was developed a long time ago. Its original purpose was not to measure grain quality, but to help bakers wanting to know how much AA to add when making loaves of bread.  Back then Dwight Eisenhower was president, Hawaii and Alaska ... Read More »

Convention slideshow, presidents’ video online

One of the highlights of each year’s convention are the slideshows playing on the big screens before meals. Here’s the slideshow from the Washington Awards Banquet, and here’s a video of the three state association presidents welcoming convention attendees. Read More »

NAWG, USW welcome official signing of USMCA, encourage repeat with Japan

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates Today, leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico officially signed the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the three countries for working together to finalize USMCA. This ... Read More »

Paid family, medical leave is coming to Washington state

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist In 2017, the Washington Legislature passed a bipartisan bill creating a new Paid Family & Medical Leave Program. Agencies are continuing to work on rules to implement the new law, but parts of the law come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The law creates a statewide insurance program that lets employees get partial wage ... Read More »

Democrats to control state legislature with higher margins

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Preliminary results from the November general election indicate that Democrats will maintain and significantly increase their majorities in the state Senate and state House of Representatives for the 2019 Legislative Session.   Based on election results available at the time of publication, Democrats increased their majority in the House from 50 to 57 and from 25 ... Read More »

2018 convention wraps up another successful year

Nearly everything came up smelling like roses at last month’s 2018 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland, Ore., where approximately 300 growers, stakeholders and industry representatives gathered to hear the latest updates on issues and socialize. “This year’s convention was a great success,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). “Our speakers really focused ... Read More »