Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Proposed budget has several provisions impacting wheat

From NAWG Last night, congressional leaders announced an agreement to fund the government through the remainder of FY 2017 (through September 30, 2017).  The full bill text of the agreement can be found here, and the report language for the Agriculture Appropriations bill (which provides explanations and some more details about the funding bill than is in the bill text) ... Read More »

An ag-centric review of president’s first 100 days

From Politico’s Morning Ag TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS ON THE FARM: Tomorrow marks 100 days in the White House for President Donald Trump, and it took 95 of them to get Sonny Perdue confirmed as Agriculture secretary. Perdue was announced as Trump’s pick on the eve of Inauguration Day, so for agriculture, the story of the first 100 days has really ... Read More »

Legislative update: Governor calls special session

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Washington’s regular legislative session came to an end on Sunday, April 23, 2017, without completing its main job—agreeing on a two-year budget. While each chamber had previously passed competing budget proposals, they did not reach a final agreement by the regular session deadline. Governor Inslee called lawmakers back immediately for a 30-day special session starting ... Read More »

Crop progress report 4/23: Field operations held back due to flooding

There were 4.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 0 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 61 percent good and 5 percent excellent. A low temperature of 27 degrees  was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »

Funding request made to House appropriations committee

After months of planning and work, the wheat commissions and associations from Washington, Oregon and Idaho have formally submitted a request to the federal House appropriations committee for $1 million in funding to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to research a test for falling numbers (FN) and $2 million for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grants to research FN impacts ... Read More »

WAWG request to extend final plant date not accepted by RMA

With current field conditions hindering the spring planting season, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) requested an extension of the final plant date through the Risk Management Agency (RMA). WAWG’s request would have delayed the 1% per day reduction in guarantee by 10 days to allow time for field conditions to improve. RMA has denied the request in a letter dated April ... Read More »

Legislative update: Budget negotiations to take center stage

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 100th day of the 2017 Legislative Session. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, in which all bills must have passed out of both chambers to remain “alive” unless they are deemed necessary to implement the budget. While the 2017 Legislative Session is scheduled to end on April 23, it is a foregone ... Read More »

Crop progress report 4/16: Fields remain wet in Washington

From NASS There were 4.1 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1% very poor, 10% poor, 31% fair, 55% good and 3% excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 70 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature ... Read More »

Thune calls for raising cap on CRP acres

From Agri-Pulse After his state was shorted in recent enrollment of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, South Dakota Sen. John Thune is suggesting the next farm bill give the program a higher acreage cap and more flexibility. In a release last week, Thune, a republican who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, proposed a CRP cap of 30 million acres and expanded ... Read More »

Crop insurance final plant date and prevented planting

The WAWG office has received multiple inquires regarding the final spring plant date for crop insurance purposes. With up to 200 percent precipitation over last year throughout Eastern Washington, current field conditions are causing growers to be concerned about their ability to meet RMA’s final plant date. WAWG is in communication with the Spokane Regional RMA office on this issue. Growers are encouraged ... Read More »