Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Without overseas trade, Washington wheat industry would suffer

With approximately 90 percent of Washington’s wheat being exported overseas, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that trade is the lifeblood of Washington wheat farmers. The agriculture industry relies heavily on funding from the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to develop new markets and support existing ones. Studies have shown that these programs generate ... Read More »

D.C. trip to shine light on impacts of proposed budget cuts

Officers and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) are in Washington, D.C., to talk to legislators about the possible impacts of proposed federal budget cuts in three areas critical to Washington wheat farmers: research, trade, and crop insurance. “This trip is focused on demonstrating to legislators how the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts in research, trade and crop ... Read More »

WAWG: Removing dams would be devastating

From Washington Ag Network Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers told the Washington Ag Network removing the dams would be devastating, since 90 percent of wheat grown here is exported. “The Columbia River/Snake River system is the top wheat export gateway in the United States and the third larget export gateway in the world.  Over ... Read More »

NAWG leadership address growers at June board meeting

By Trista Crossley It’s not unusual to have visitors at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) monthly board meetings, but last month’s visitors literally flew across the country to be there. David Schemm, a wheat farmer from Kansas and current president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and Chandler Goule, CEO of NAWG, kicked off a visit ... Read More »

Warm, dry weather stopping rust

From Xianming Chen Rusts in the Palouse Region We were checking fields of wheat and barley in the Palouse region (including Whitman County of Washington and Latah County of Idaho) on July 7, 2017. Winter wheat crop ranged from soft dough to almost mature; spring wheat crop from boot to milk; and spring barley from headed to milk. The rust ... Read More »

Crop progress 7/9: A hot, dry week in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 5 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 49 percent good and 15 percent excellent. A low temperature of 43 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 106 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 1 to 12 degrees above ... Read More »

Legislative update: Despite passing budget, legislature still in session

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature is still in its 3rd special session despite having averted a partial government shutdown last week by passing a two-year operating budget that was signed by the governor just before midnight last Friday. The reason the Legislature is still in overtime is that an agreement on a capital budget has not ... Read More »

RMA’s third party damage and yield reporting procedures changed

The following message was received from the Risk Management Agency (RMA) regarding insured losses due to third party damages and the impact to Actual Production History (APH).  Washington and Oregon wheat growers, As you are aware, RMA has received concerns from insureds whose insurance guarantees are reduced because of crop losses caused by third party damage or unavoidable, uninsured fire.  ... Read More »

Trump Administration proposes $40,000 crop insurance limit by county

By Art Barnaby Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics The Trump Administration is proposing crop insurance cuts, similar to the ones proposed earlier by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Both proposals include the elimination of the Harvest Price Option, a limit on AGI and a $40,000 limit on the government’s share of ... Read More »

NAWG CEO Chandler Goule talks about his farm bill experience

From Agri-Pulse On one of his first days in Washington, Chandler Goule hung up on the president of the United States. Twice. Now, he’s in charge of an organization tasked with advocating for America’s wheat producers. Hear his thoughts on his journey through Washington in this video. Read More »