Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Taking a Vote on TPP is critical to its ultimate success

By Dalton Henry Director of Policy, U.S. Wheat Associates Representatives from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating countries are set to sign the agreement in New Zealand next week. Though signing the pact is primarily ceremonial, it marks another step forward in the long process of putting the world’s largest free trade agreement into action. In the months since the ... Read More »

First stripe rust forecast of 2016

By Tim Murray WSU Extension Dr. Chen, Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS in Pullman, released his first stripe rust forecast of the season last week and it’s good news for growers, although you might not know that if you just read the first sentence of his summary, which says “The current forecast is that highly susceptible winter wheat varieties would have ... Read More »

State legislative report Jan. 27

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Week 2 of the legislative session was busy with public hearings on legislation. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 5, 2016, when all policy bills must make it out of their policy committees. Tim Eyman’s I-1366 Latest Initiative Ruled Unconstitutional Last Thursday, a King County Superior Judge ruled I-1366 unconstitutional and voided it. I-1366, approved ... Read More »

House bill proposes option to Washington Ecology’s manure rules

From the Capital Press A dairy industry-backed House bill introduced Friday proposes that the Washington Department of Agriculture help develop an alternative to manure-handling rules expected soon from the state’s ecology agency. House Bill 2840 wouldn’t stop the Department of Ecology from issuing those rules, which dairy lobbyists contend could be a financially crushing combination of state and federal laws. ... Read More »

Idaho wheat industry, Limagrain partnership producing results

From the Capital Press When Idaho wheat industry leaders announced a public-private partnership with one of the world’s leading seed companies in 2012, they said the relationship would result in better varieties for Pacific Northwest growers. Less than four years later, that is happening. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Regional wheat harvest posts gains in 2015

From the Union-Bulletin Despite droughts and wildfires, Walla Walla and Columbia county’s wheat harvests both showed gains last year. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, although harvested acres dropped slightly between 2014 and 2015, Walla Walla County’s total wheat production rose to 12.83 million bushels in 2015, a 3.5 percent increase over 2014, which posted a figure of 12.39 ... Read More »

Carbon initiative key issue as lawmakers reconvene in Olympia

Here’s a look at another carbon reduction proposal set to go before lawmakers in Olympia or possibly be voted on by the public. From KPLU How to limit the carbon pollution that causes climate change and global warming is a key issue as lawmakers get going in Olympia this week. Dozens of legislative proposals have been submitted on the topic, ... Read More »

Washington state legislators honored by NAWG

The National Association of Wheat Growers has honored three members of Washington state’s federal delegation and one staffer for their support of the U.S. wheat industry. All the awards are given to people who have demonstrated support for the industry above and beyond the norm. Sen. Maria Cantwell has been named the 2015 Wheat Leader of the Year. The Wheat Leader ... Read More »

Republicans force Obama to veto anti-WOTUS measure

From Agri-Pulse Congressional Republicans have set the stage for President Obama to issue an election-year veto to preserve his administration’s Clean Water Act rule that is widely unpopular with farm groups. In a largely symbolic gesture, the House on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a disapproval resolution that would eliminate the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. Obama ... Read More »

USTR’s Vetter says delays in considering TPP may cost U.S. farmers

From Agri-Pulse Darci Vetter, the top agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, says the longer Congress waits to take action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the greater the potential loss for U.S. exporters and for the country’s farmers and ranchers. During a press conference Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Orlando, Fla., a reporter noted ... Read More »