Author Archives: Trista Crossly

NAWG announces membership in Ecosystem Services Market consortium

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC). ESMC is a nonprofit organization working to advance ecosystem service markets that incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health systems that benefit society. “Wheat farmers know the importance of managing their operations to maintain soil health and productivity, ... Read More »

Boosting barley: New WSU malt quality lab could increase barley acreage, profits

From the Capital Press On a sunny September day, program manager Max Wood maneuvered a pint-size Wintersteiger Classic Plus combine across a plot of malting barley that is part of Washington State University’s new research efforts. It was the first day of putting the new combine through its paces at the university’s Spillman Agronomy Farm, where different varieties of barley are ... Read More »

National Representation Helps Wheat Farmers Triumph Through COVID-19

By Chandler Goule, CEO National Association of Wheat Growers COVID-19 has presented wheat farmers, and all of agriculture, with numerous challenges and setbacks. However, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the leading advocacy organization for America’s wheat farmers, was able to address many of these hurdles and, as a result, has grown as an organization. NAWG has had many ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/04: Pumpkins, squashes, apples harvested in Washington 

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.8 days the previous week. Raspberry growers in Whatcom County began to tie and prune berries. Corn silage harvest was in full swing. Skagit County received rainfall last week, which helped the hay crop condition. Corn for silage producers in Snohomish County were in a ... Read More »

Perdue unsure if China will meet Phase One farm commitment

From China may fall short of annual agricultural product purchasing commitments made in its Phase 1 trade deal with the United States due to “non-agricultural trade issues,” U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday. Read the rest of the article. Read More »

All Wheat Stocks Stored in Northwest Region Up 12 percent from last year

From NASS All wheat stored in all positions on Sept. 1, 2020, totaled 182 million bushels in Washington, up from 155 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were up 13 percent, while on-farm stocks were up 55 percent compared to the previous year. In Idaho, wheat stored in all positions totaled 106 million bushels, up from 92.2 million bushels ... Read More »

Federal agencies sign management decision for Columbia River dams

From the Capital Press The Trump administration has signed off on a new operations plan for 14 dams in the Columbia River Basin that commits to improving fish passage and habitat, but does not call for breaching dams on the lower Snake River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead. On Sept. 28, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/27: Rain received throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.6 days the previous week. In San Juan County, there were some nice field days until a major low-pressure system brought back much needed moisture. This reduced harvest time for many vegetable and fruit crops. Livestock were still on pasture, and most were supplemented with ... Read More »

NAWG vice president appointed to FCIC board of directors

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is announcing that its Vice President, Nicole Berg, has been appointed to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. “NAWG is excited to announce that FCIC has accepted its nomination of NAWG Vice President Nicole Berg to its Board,” said NAWG President and Cass City, Mich., wheat grower Dave Milligan. “Berg’s ... Read More »

State should partner with ports, agriculture to spur economic recovery

From The Seattle Times It would be an understatement to say 2020 is a tough year. Employment in all economic sectors around the state, except for health care, has cratered. There continue to be heroic efforts to make sure people have food, shelter and the other supplies basic to life and health. Much of the heavy lifting continues to be ... Read More »