Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Moderate levels of stripe rust forecast in first report of 2021

By Dr. Xianming Chen Based on the weather conditions in November and December 2020, stripe rust in the 2021 wheat growing season is forecasted to be in the upper range of moderate epidemic level (20-40 percent yield loss on susceptible varieties). Using forecast models based on the 2020 November and December weather data, yield loss of highly susceptible winter wheat ... Read More »

RMA extends crop insurance flexibilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced it is extending crop insurance flexibilities for producers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, relief provided for electronic notifications and signatures is extended through July 15, while organic certification, replant self-certification and assignment of indemnity are extended through June 30. “We recognize that American agriculture continues to face challenges due ... Read More »

2021 Legislative Session goes almost entirely virtual

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 11, 2021, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session, but operating very differently from past years due to the pandemic. For the first time in the state’s history, the session will be mostly conducted in a virtual format, and come January, the typically bustling capitol campus will be noticeably quiet and ... Read More »

NAWG applauds USDA for finalizing Quality Loss Adjustment in WHIP+

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that it has finalized quality loss coverage in its Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in response: “NAWG welcomes today’s ... Read More »

Crop progress report 12/20: Crop conditions good in Washington

The statewide temperatures in Washington for the month of December were slightly below normal to above normal throughout the state. In San Juan County, the month of December was extremely wet. Many lowland fields were flooded with storm water. Most ponds had already filled, which was about two months early. Livestock were on stockpiled feed, and those farms with adequate ... Read More »

Annual meeting goes virtual, business gets done

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) hasn’t let pandemic-induced social distancing stop it from continuing its work of advocating for the Washington wheat industry.  Early last month, more than 50 members virtually took part in WAWG’s annual meeting to hear state and federal agency updates and to review WAWG’s resolutions for the upcoming year. A special guest was Martin ... Read More »

NAWG welcomes FY2021 omnibus, COVID-19 relief package

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On Dec. 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. The legislation includes all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion in coronavirus relief and authorizations. National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) ... Read More »

Focus on long-term value keeps overseas wheat demand strong amid trade storms

Commentary by Vince Peterson From the Capital Press As a new year begins, we want to share the good news that U.S. wheat exports to Asian markets are increasing, and the outlook for those markets remains positive, notwithstanding the unique trade dynamics over the past several years. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Inslee announces climate package for 2021-23 biennium

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has released his 2021-23 biennium climate policy package. The plan: Caps statewide greenhouse gas emissions and invests in clean energy, transportation and climate resilience programs, and funds part of the Working Families Tax Credit. Establishs a clean fuel standard and reduces transportation emissions through electrification. Requires new buildings to be carbon free by 2030 and eliminates ... Read More »