Author Archives: Trista Crossley

USDA issues first ARC, PLC payments

From Agri-Pulse Farm program checks totaling nearly $4 billion could start arriving as early as today in farmers’ bank accounts across the country, providing a much needed boost while many commodity prices are falling. However, many of those who signed up for the new farm bill programs will find themselves empty-handed in this first round of payments. The U.S. Department of ... Read More »

Wheat farmers invited to offer input on WSU presidential search

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR There is no greater responsibility for the Washington State University Board of Regents than selecting and retaining the best possible presidential leadership. It is an honor for me to invite and welcome your participation. As we begin the process to engage WSU’s 11th president, we have an opportunity to focus—together—on our major ... Read More »

Stabenow eyes GMO labeling bill by end of year

From Agri-Pulse Federal regulators defended the safety of biotech foods at a congressional hearing Wednesday as senators prepared the groundwork for moving a compromise bill to block states from requiring labels on GMO products. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow, who is playing a leading role in negotiations on a compromise bill, announced that she hoped to ... Read More »

Growers gear up to defend state ag tax preferences

Some of the most helpful tax preferences for farmers and ranchers are up for review in the 2016 Washington state legislative session. Many have received preliminary recommendations from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) to be further reviewed and clarified. The tax credits for diesel fuel used on farms and for farm machinery replacement parts are among the ... Read More »

Examining the new CRP changes, and what they mean for Washington wheat

By Keva Herron Guszkowski WAWG Policy Director The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is important to many wheat farmers because it helps them address natural resource concerns, such as water and air quality, soil erosion, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, wildlife habitat preservation and emergency response for natural disasters. CRP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency ... Read More »

Forecast confirms warm winter awaits Washington

From the Capital Press The U.S. Climate Prediction Center reinforced yesterday that Washington can expect a winter similar to last year’s, which led to one of the state’s worse droughts on record. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Panel refuses to consolidate WOTUS lawsuits

From Agri-Pulse In a blow to the Obama administration, a judicial panel has refused to consolidate a series of legal challenges against the new rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. Advertisement Lawyers for the administration were seeking to move the nine lawsuits, now pending in seven circuit courts, to the District of Columbia. A North Dakota judge ... Read More »

In 9th District race, campaign trail and John Wayne Trail intersect

From The Spokesman-Review This year’s campaign trail in Washington’s 9th Legislative District may intersect with an actual trail, and the controversy surrounding it. A botched legislative proposal to close a stretch of the John Wayne Heritage Trail through parts of the district angered some townspeople along the trail. It also prompted a crowded town hall meeting in Tekoa and led ... Read More »

Idaho Grain Producers Association hires new ED

Stacey Katseanes Satterlee will replace former Executive Director Travis Jones who left to take a position with the office of Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson. Satterlee has spent time in Washington, D.C., as vice president of government affairs for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and as director of federal government affairs for the Western Growers Association. She grew up on ... Read More »

Drought is conspicuous for those outside the aquifer

From the Spokesman-Review The small orchard on Bob Sanborn’s 10-acre Colbert property should have produced bushels of fruit this year. There are pear and apple trees and Santa Rosa plums “this big around and a deep purple inside,” said Sanborn, a retired computer technician. But his apple and pear trees are almost devoid of fruit, and the plums are the ... Read More »