Author Archives: Trista Crossly

NAWG responds to Ways and Means Committee advancing reconciliation tax changes

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committees advanced its contributions to the proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, which included provisions to offset components of the bill. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is glad to see that proposals to tax capital gains at death were not included in the committee advanced ... Read More »

Wheat crop insurance harvest prices announced

From the Capital Press The USDA Risk Management Agency has announced the crop insurance harvest prices for wheat. The agency will use a price of $9.86 per bushel for winter wheat and $9.21 per bushel for spring wheat. Read the rest of the article here. (A list of FAQs on the wheat harvest price from RMA is here.) Read More »

Crop progress report 09/12: Much needed rainfall received throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work, down from 7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week were above normal. In San Juan County, irrigated locations did not need as much water due to cooler, shorter days. Harvest happened on CSA farms. Apples, pears and plums ripened. Livestock were fed stored feed. Yakima County received much ... Read More »

Judge: Washington Farm Bureau can sue to stop capital gains tax

From the Capital Press The Washington Farm Bureau can challenge the state’s capital gains tax before it takes effect, rather than wait for farmers to be taxed, Douglas County Superior Court Judge Brian Huber has ruled. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG welcomes suspension of Vietnam wheat import tariff

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcomes the news from Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip where a bilateral package was announce that would suspend or eliminate the Vietnam Wheat Import Tariff. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance have been working diligently on a bilateral ... Read More »

Zippy Duvall: American Farm Bureau President speaks on issues crucial to NW farmers

From the Capital Press Zippy Duvall recently got an up-close look at the Lower Granite Dam, one of four dams Pacific Northwest farmers say are critical to their livelihoods. Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, toured the area to learn more about the lower Snake River dams and offer his support to the region’s farmers. Read the rest ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/05: Dry conditions remained with cooler temps throughout Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Sept. 5 were below normal. In San Juan County, there was no change in livestock management. Irrigated orchards showed ripened fruit. Pastures turned from green to a brown crisp due to no rainfall. In Yakima County, there was another ... Read More »

RMA publishes wheat harvest price FAQs

From the Risk Management Agency Q: Soft white wheat protein levels are really high this year. Is RMA taking that into consideration, and does the RMA price reflect the value of SWW at 10.5 percent protein instead of SWW value generically? A: A single harvest price is issued by RMA, which reflects a normal range of protein (10.5 percent).  The ... Read More »

Washington AG: Farmers can’t contest capital gains tax until they pay it

From the Capital Press Washington state attorneys sought Wednesday to scuttle a lawsuit filed by farmers and others against the state’s new capital gains tax, arguing no one can challenge it until they pay it. Farmers are only speculating that beginning next year they will owe the 7% tax on capital gains over $250,000, Solicitor General Noah Purcell told a ... Read More »

Drought dampens production, export prospects for key US wheat classes

From the USDA Economic Research Service Widespread drought across the northern and western regions of the United States has dampened prospects for projected production and exports in the 2021/22 marketing year of three classes of U.S. wheat: hard red spring, white, and durum. Cultivation of hard red spring wheat, typically the second largest class of U.S. wheat, is concentrated in ... Read More »