Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Wheat industry applauds bipartisanship around Grain Standards Reauthorization Act

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture held a business meeting to mark up the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act (GSA) of 2020. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the Committee for their bipartisan work to move the bill forward and reauthorize the GSA through Sept. 30, 2025. “Thanks in part to ... Read More »

Judge rules in favor of U.S. farmer in glyphosate labeling ruling

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), lead plaintiff of the national agriculture coalition fighting California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate, welcomes yesterday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb for the Eastern District of California. Judge Shubb decided in favor of the Coalition by granting summary judgment ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/21: Western Washington still wet, eastern Washington shone bright

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.2 the previous week. Areas of Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties received more than two inches of rain on Monday. Fields were wet from daily scattered showers. Some operators lost crops, especially in lower recessed areas. Drainage districts depended on both pumps and tide ... Read More »

Nearly half of all family farm operators, spouses report having a job off the farm in 2018

Nearly half of all family farm operators and their spouses reported having a job off the farm in 2018. The majority of households, regardless of farm size, report that they work off the farm because it is more lucrative than farm work, provides more reliable income, and may offer health and retirement benefits. Households had the option to report more ... Read More »

Governor makes face masks available to wheat farmers

L&I releases COVID-19 training kit The Governor’s office has made 2,000 face masks available to wheat farmers and their employees across the state in order to comply with the new COVID-19 guidance as it relates to agriculture.  That guidance requires all farm employees not working alone on the jobsite to wear cloth facial coverings. The cloth facial coverings must be ... Read More »

Grower coalition files amicus brief to defend continued use of existing dicamba stocks

A coalition of national grower trade associations that represents farmers, ranchers and their families nationwide is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reject an NGO call to invalidate EPA’s dicamba existing stocks order for three dicamba products whose registrations were immediately vacated by the court earlier this month. The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/14: Rains across Washington bogged down western producers and aided eastern producers

From NASS There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from the previous week’s 5.7 days. Western Washington had precipitation and cool temperatures. Island, San Juan and Skagit counties had temperatures in the 60s with occasional sunshine. Some areas around the Puget Sound received more than two inches of rain. Some crops showed signs of stress ... Read More »

Jacobson to retire after 18 years at Idaho Wheat Commission

From the Capital Press Blaine Jacobson will retire from the Idaho Wheat Commission at the end of June, after 18 years as its executive director. “Every bit of those 18 years has been enjoyable,” Jacobson told the Capital Press. “I enjoyed the wheat growers I’ve worked with, the commissioners I reported to. I’ve had excellent staff. All of them have ... Read More »

Coronavirus an economic storm for ag

From Progressive Farmer The American Farm Bureau Federation on Wednesday sent a detailed list of recommendations to Congress to help farmers, stating that even though lawmakers had provided earlier aid, more is needed because of economic losses facing the industry. Read the entire blog post here. Read More »

Wireworms more widespread than previous years

From the Capital Press Wireworms this year are popping up in areas where wheat growers previously didn’t find them, Washington researchers and farmers say. The pests are more active this year than recent years, said Aaron Esser, agronomist for Washington State University Extension in Adams and Lincoln counties. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »