Author Archives: Trista Crossley

WAWG leaders take part in national meetings

Leaders and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) spent a week in Orlando last month, attending the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) annual meeting where they discussed national wheat priorities, participated in committee meetings and helped set policy for the national organization for the coming year.  The annual wheat meeting takes place concurrently with Commodity Classic, ... Read More »

Washington 2023 legislative report, week 10

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday, March 17, marked the 68th day of the 2023 Legislative Session. There are 36 days left of the scheduled legislative session. The Legislature is busy meeting in policy committees hearing bills that passed the opposite chamber. Bills need to pass out of their respective policy committees by March 29 to continue to advance through ... Read More »

Aggies in Congress lay out farm bill priorities ahead of National Ag Day

From  Progressive Farmer As the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of National Ag Day, President Joe Biden signed a proclamation on Monday, while lawmakers in charge of drafting the next farm bill laid out some funding priorities and hard lines when it comes to spending. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

US share of South Korea’s wheat market dipped in 2022

From the Capital Press South Korean flour millers last year purchased more wheat from Australia than they did from America because of higher U.S. prices that were a result of drought in 2021-2022. “Hopefully, U.S. wheat will regain the top position this year,” said Dong-Chan Bae, director of the U.S. Wheat Associates South Korea office in Seoul. Bae spoke to ... Read More »

Agricultural overtime law cuts farmworker income and pushes up food prices

By Pam Lewison Director, Washington Policy Center The recent shift in how farm work is viewed has created laws in seven states for agricultural overtime pay at time-and-a-half. The move toward overtime pay in agriculture has hurt the income outlook for many farmworkers. Two years ago, Washington state became the first state in the U.S. to force agricultural work into ... Read More »

CP-KCS Merger Approval Disappoints National Wheat

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are disappointed that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has approved Canadian Pacific Railway’s merger with Kansas City Southern Railroad. In public comments submitted to the STB on the proposed sale in February 2022, USW said the market power held by the Class I railroads has serious implications for ... Read More »

WAWG State Legislative Report, week 9

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist March 10 marked the 61st day of the 2023 Legislative Session. On March 8, the Legislature reached a milestone — the deadline to pass bills out of the house of origin which means House bills must have been voted out of the House and Senate bills must have been voted out of the Senate. Bills ... Read More »

PNW stripe rust threat forecast to be moderate

By Xianming Chen  Wheat stripe rust is forecasted to be in the moderate epidemic level range (20-40% yield loss) in the 2023 growing season, based on the predication models using the weather data from November 2022 to February 2023. The models predicted highly susceptible varieties to have 37% yield loss with a standard deviation of 16%. This value is higher ... Read More »

NAWG elects new officers with Brent Cheyne as president

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On March 9, Brent Cheyne was elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). Cheyne farms with his son, Rodney, near Klamath Falls, Ore., where they raise wheat, barley, oats, alfalfa and Angus cattle. In 2011, Brent began his time with the Oregon Wheat Growers League as the Oregon president before ... Read More »

Yield contest accepting entries

The National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) is now accepting entries for 2023 for winter, spring, irrigated and dryland wheat. There are a couple of changes to this year’s contest rules. There is now only one deadline and one price for entries per growing season. Winter wheat entries are due May 15, 2023, and spring wheat entries are due Aug. 1, ... Read More »