Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Crop progress report 11/15: Washington cooled down, had more rain

From NASS There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 5.4 days the previous week. San Juan County cooled down and had more rain. There were still some great crops coming off CSA farms. Livestock were on stockpiled feed on most farms. Others were letting livestock over-graze pastures, giving little or no rest for fall ... Read More »

NWF Announces National Winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. “This year the Foundation is awarding four Bin Buster winners, one from each of the ... Read More »

Northwest leaders urge holistic approach to four-state salmon recovery process

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has joined dozens of Northwest leaders in signing a letter to the governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho asking them to explore solutions to salmon recovery that are grounded in science; take into consideration the social cost of carbon; and balance the purposes of the Columbia-Snake River System (flood control, navigation, recreation, irrigation and ... Read More »

2020 NAWG Fall Conference Recap

From NAWG Last week, via zoom, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) held its annual Fall Conference where its policy committees and full board met. NAWG’s annual conference kicked off with its Domestic and Trade Policy Committee meeting, where the committee continued discussions on rail rate policy; domestic farm programs with an eye towards farm bill reauthorization; Grain Standards ... Read More »

National Wheat Foundation begins accepting applications for ag scholarship

The National Wheat Foundation has officially begun accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring students pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarship is available to college students for the 2021-2022 academic year with an application deadline of Dec. 31, 2020. “The scholarship is meant to recognize those students who have shown a passion for agriculture both inside and outside ... Read More »

USW submits comments on trade barriers to USTR

By Shelbi Knisley Director of Trade Policy, U.S. Wheat Associates Last week, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) submitted comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report. The NTE report allows U.S. industry organizations to highlight and comment on trade barriers impacting their trade opportunities to the U.S. government. USW highlighted several key ... Read More »

Congressional elections could impact commodity prices most, expert says

From the Capital Press Which parties control the U.S. House and Senate — and not the outcome of the presidential election — will impact the commodity markets most, an agricultural economist says. “It’s pretty clear that the Senate and the House aren’t going to change leadership, so that’s some certainty that’s been interjected into the market,” said Randy Fortenbery, small ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/08: Weather created challenges, mixed results in Washington

From NASS There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.5 days the previous week. Western Washington experienced a few dry days allowing some late cuttings of grass hay and other crop harvesting to take place. The weather created some challenges during the year that left mixed results in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Skagit and Snohomish ... Read More »

FSA extends emergency haying and grazing

From Jon Wyss, State Executive Director Washington State Farm Service Agency Washington State Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff has worked with Washington, D.C., staff to obtain approval to allow fire-impacted Washington producers who want to utilize Conservation Reserve Program Emergency Haying and Grazing for longer than 90 days to do so, not to exceed Dec. 31. This would apply to ... Read More »

WA Democrats see path to cleaner fuels, capital gains tax after election

From Crosscut.com Tuesday’s election wasn’t a blowout victory for Democrats in Washington state. Yet it looks as if Democrats may gain a few seats in the state Legislature — and even those modest gains could help propel some progressive priorities over the finish line, lawmakers said Wednesday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »