Author Archives: Trista Crossley

WAWG members show public support of Snake River dams

With recent scoping meetings on the Columbia River operating systems, Washington Association of Wheat (WAWG) growers have shown their support by submitting letters to the editor to various newspapers. The following was submitted by Bob Walli, Adams County wheat grower and WAWG board member. Dear Editor, With the renewed interest in the Columbia River Operating System, this is a great opportunity ... Read More »

The rivers of Northwestern life

From the Capital Press A federal judge in Portland has asked residents of the Pacific Northwest to comment on the impact of the Columbia and Snake rivers. We’re glad he asked. All he has to do is turn on a light in his office, have lunch and take a walk around Portland to understand the rivers’ direct contributions to him ... Read More »

Looking ahead to the next Congress

From NAWG Following the elections, Congress is starting to look ahead to the next Congress. Republicans will maintain control of the both the Senate and House, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will remain in their respective roles. For the Democrats, the retirement of Minority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) meant that new leadership elections were ... Read More »

WAWG welcomes new elected 2016/17 officers

At the Washington Association of Wheat Growers annual awards banquet, the 2016-17 officers were nominated and elected into office. We would like to congratulate the new slate of officers! Ben Adams, President (Coulee City, Wash.) Marci Green, Vice President (Fairfield, Wash.) Jeff Shawver, Secretary/Treasurer (Connell, Wash.) Kevin Klein, Past President (Edwall, Wash.) Read More »

WAWG opposes breaching Snake River dams

Released November 17, 2016 As scoping meetings on the federal Columbia River Power System continue throughout the region, The Washington Association of Wheat growers reiterates its opposition to any consideration of breaching the Snake River dams. The Snake River dams are part of the Columbia-Snake River System, a 465-mile river waterway that is the top wheat export gateway in the ... Read More »

Fallout over water ruling heats up in Washington

From the Capital Press Several senators criticized Tuesday a recent Washington Supreme Court decision that threatens to halt home building in farm communities and said they will try to counteract the decision in the upcoming legislative session. “It’s totally ridiculous, what’s going on. It’s killing rural America,” said Republican Sen. Brian Dansel, who represents the state’s sparsely populated northeastern corner. ... Read More »

Widespread stripe rust infection on winter wheat in Washington

By Dr. Xianming Chen Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS We were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Lincoln, Adams, Grant, Douglas and Benton counties in Eastern Washington on Nov. 8 and observed stripe rust in every county. Winter wheat ranged from emerging (before Feekes 1) to early jointing (Feekes 5). Thanks to the much higher-than-normal amount of precipitation in October, winter wheat has ... Read More »

Wheat growers urge Congressional leadership to allow a vote on TPP

Nine months ago, following the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) called on Congress to rapidly consider and ratify the agreement. After a long and disappointing wait, a real window of opportunity for a vote on TPP will soon open when the legislative session resumes this week. We call ... Read More »

Washington state election results

Below is a summary compiled by Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ lobbyist Diana Carlen of the election results in Washington state as of last night. There are still a number of votes to count in the coming days. Governor Inslee has easily been reelected to a second term. We are also likely to continue to have split control in the Legislature ... Read More »

NWF accepting applications for Jerry Minore Scholarship

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is accepting applications for the 2016 Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship. Four scholarships will be awarded to students who have a personal connection to the wheat industry and a planned career path in agriculture. In its fifth year, the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship honors both high school and college students who have demonstrated success in academics and ... Read More »