Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Washington state Sen. Mark Schoesler stepping down as minority leader

From the Seattle Times Washington Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, who had a hand in guiding Republicans through several years in the majority, will step down from his leadership post, a spokesperson confirmed on Monday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

2020/21 wheat ambassadors make final presentations

Congratulations to Grace Hanning and Julia Klein, our 2020/21 wheat ambassadors. They gave their final presentations yesterday, virtually, and both did a great job. Check it out for yourself. Read More »

Crop progress report 11/29: Wet, windy weather continued in Washington

From NASS There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 5.1 days the previous week. Wet and windy weather systems continued to move through San Juan County. CSAs continued to harvest cool weather vegetable crops. Most livestock were fed stored forage. The beginning of seasonal flows recharged the water table. Skagit County received enough rain ... Read More »

Sharing our generous bounty: From US farms to foreign tables

From Farm Policy Facts During this season of gratitude, we are giving thanks to America’s farmers and ranchers. Not only do America’s strong federal farm policies ensure that we all have reliable access to affordable food, they also share our generous bounty with our neighbors. Nicole Berg, a fourth-generation farmer from Washington State and Vice President of the National Association ... Read More »

America’s forgotten marine highway network that could green global freight transport

From Forbes U.S. freight transport is forecast to grow by 40% over the next two decades. The rapid growth of e-commerce, accelerated by more first time users during the coronavirus pandemic, could push this demand even further. Yet, 70% of all cargo in the U.S. is transported via road. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 11/22: Washington remained cool, wet

From NASS There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.7 days the previous week. Clallam, Jefferson, King, Skagit and Snohomish counties reported cool and wet weather. The snow in the mountains was holding and not filling the rivers. Grass hay did well over the growing year, but there were challenges getting cuttings off in ... Read More »

NWF announces state winners for 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Today, NWF is announcing the state winners for the 2020 contest which includes 77 growers from 25 states. The Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices ... Read More »

Newhouse elected chair of Western Caucus

Yesterday, the executive committee of the Congressional Western Caucus voted unanimously to elect Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) as chairman of the Western Caucus for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 members of Congress from 35 different states and territories who advocate for rural, western and resource-based communities. ... Read More »

USDA announces sign-ups for 2021 CRP general, grasslands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the sign-up periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands in 2021. Sign-up for general CRP will be open from Jan. 4, 2021, to Feb. 12, 2021, and sign-up for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021, to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental ... Read More »

Key departures signal agriculture shakeup for Capitol Hill

From the Capital Press The reelection defeat of U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson in Minnesota and some key retirements mean a shakeup is coming for the industry on Capitol Hill, with power likely to shift from the Midwest to the South and the coasts. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »