Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Ag stakeholders reject White House draft reports on dam breaching

From the Capital Press Agricultural industry representatives have roundly criticized a pair of White House draft reports on breaching four lower Snake River dams, saying the documents fail to consider the greater impact on the environment and the economy. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Growers concerned with White House report on Columbia Basin salmon, steelhead

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) today expressed disappointment with the draft “Rebuilding Interior Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead” report released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which included recommendations to breach one or more of the lower Snake River dams (LSRD).  “Unfortunately, the report released today fails to consider the impacts breaching the lower Snake ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/11: Improved crop conditions, progress throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.5 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal. In Skagit County, breaks in the cold weather pattern provided time for producers to get into fields and complete corn planting. Improved weather also helped producers cultivate for weeds and provide some heat units for spring crops ... Read More »

Dams are essential to wheat farmers

Wheat growers challenge scientific accuracy, economic impacts of LSRD report  The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) filed public comments in response to the Draft Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) Benefit Replacement Report published on June 9. On behalf of over 4,000 members, WAWG urged Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee to reconsider the direction of the Joint Federal-State ... Read More »

FSA accepting nominations for county committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting nominations for county committee members. County committee members make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2022 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2022.  Producers who participate or cooperate in a ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/03: Temperatures up throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.7 days the previous week. Statewide temperatureswere mostly above normal. In Clark County, the first cutting of alfalfa hay neared completion. Winter wheat was headed and looked good, while spring wheat had not headed yet. In Snohomish County, more field corn was planted. Organic producers had difficulties maintaining weeds ... Read More »

Study: Dam proposal puts region behind in goal of ‘decarbonizing’ NW electrical grid

From the Capital Press The Pacific Northwest is already behind in reaching political leaders’ goal of “decarbonizing” the electric grid, and replacing the lower Snake River dams would only add more cost, create delays and generate more carbon dioxide, according to a recent study from Northwest RiverPartners. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

USDA has issued over $4 billion in ERP payments

On June 29, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack announced that to date, agricultural producers have already received more than $4 billion through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). This accounts for approximately 67 percent of the over $6 billion projected to be paid through this first of two phases of the ERP program. The first phase utilizes existing claim ... Read More »

National Association of Wheat Growers’ 2023 Farm Bill Priorities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers As Congress continues to review the 2018 Farm Bill and starts crafting the next farm bill, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) will be working with legislators to develop programs that will help wheat growers manage risk, ensure conservation programs work on the farm, and enhance U.S. trade that supports rural America. ... Read More »

Not much good news on ERP

By Paul Neiffer Farm CPA Today I just got off of a webinar with the North Dakota CPAs and the North Dakota FSA office dealing with the Farm Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) issues that CPAs and Attorneys have been dealing with since the program was announced a few weeks ago. I wish I could say it is all good news but ... Read More »