Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Crop progress report 06/01: Much Needed Precipitation Throughout Washington 

From NASS  There were 7 days suitable for field work, up from 6.8 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending May 30 were below normal. In western Washington, rainstorms provided much needed precipitation. Ground preparation for planting was excellent. In San Juan County, some fields were replanted due to dry weather. CSA farms planted potatoes, melons ... Read More »

‘Somber Harvest’: Crops May Fail, Cattle Sold As The Northwest Descends Into Drought

From NW News Network Nicole Berg wades into her stunted wheat field. It’s so short and sparse, she doesn’t think the combine can even reach the wheat without eating rocks. “Combines don’t like dirt and rocks,” Berg says. “They get indigestion.” Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Drought has these Eastern Washington farmers worried, but they ‘always plant with faith’

From the Spokesman Review Wednesday was an immaculate day on the Palouse. Cartoonishly puffy clouds filled a brilliant blue sky. A gentle breeze blew through the 65-degree air. Hill after hill of bright green wheat rolled away for miles in every direction. Palouse farmers are sick of beautiful days, though. They want ominous gray clouds to bring rain and bring ... Read More »

Advocates: Agriculture needs $200 billion increase for climate mitigation

From Successful Farming Congress should provide $200 billion in new funding over a decade to reach the goal of “negative emission farming,” said 450 conservation, consumer, farm, and environmental groups in a letter on Tuesday. The increase would be the equivalent of all the funding in the 2018 Farm Bill for crop subsidies, land stewardship, crop insurance, research and rural ... Read More »

 NASS seeks feedback on 2021 crops, stocks, inventories, values 

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service During the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major midyear surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will contact nearly 4,500 producers across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June ... Read More »

Crop progress report 05/23: A little precipitation throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work, down from 7 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for the week ending May 23 were below normal. In western Washington, the weather was favorable for farming. Ground preparation for planting was excellent. Areas within the Marshland Flood Control District received hail. In Jefferson and King counties, ... Read More »

Carbon regulation, carbon markets taking up air at all levels of government

Carbon, in the context of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, is being talked about at all levels of government. In Washington state, the legislature has been focused this session on carbon regulation bills—a low carbon fuel standard and a cap-and-trade program. At the federal level, carbon markets are becoming increasingly front and center. In May’s issue, Wheat Life sat down ... Read More »

USDA Releases 90-Day Progress Report on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just published the 90-Day Progress Report on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry. The report represents an important step toward in President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and shift towards a whole-of-department approach to climate solutions. The Order, signed January 27, states that, “America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners ... Read More »

The high cost of farming in Washington, including new overtime bill, is taking its toll

From the Seattle Times What do real estate agents, salespeople, vessel crews and farmers all have in common? Their work hours are often long and unpredictable, and until recently, Washington law included an overtime exemption recognizing those unique circumstances. During the recently completed legislative session, only agriculture’s exemption was targeted and removed. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

FSA county committees seeking producer involvement

County committee elections are now underway. The election of responsible agricultural producers to the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer takes part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of ... Read More »