Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Inslee tells tribes Washington’s Snake dams could be replaced. Will he even listen to Tri-Cities?

From the Tri-City Herald Is Gov. Jay Inslee plotting to get rid of the four lower Snake River dams? Or did he offer them up in a meeting Thursday primarily as a way to appease Washington state tribal leaders?Tri-Citians and other dam stakeholders deserve clarity on the governor’s position, and they deserve it now. Read the rest here. Read More »

RMA Authorizes Emergency Procedures to Help Drought-Impacted Producers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing emergency procedures to help agricultural producers impacted by extreme drought conditions. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is working with crop insurance companies to streamline and accelerate the adjustment of losses and issuance of indemnity payments to crop insurance policyholders in impacted areas. These new crop insurance flexibilities are part of USDA’s ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/11: Drought conditions remained throughout Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 11, were above normal. In Whatcom County, producers struggled to keep up with irrigation as high temperatures and dry conditions continued. Widespread damage to raspberries and blueberries was caused by the heat. In San Juan County, high temperatures ... Read More »

Eastern Washington counties designated as primary natural disaster areas

On July 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 14 counties, mostly in Eastern Washington, as primary natural disaster areas. The declaration allows the Farm Service Agency (FSA) the ability to offer emergency loans to producers to help them replace essential equipment, inputs or the refinance of farm-related debts. Producers in 10 Washington counties that are contiguous to the ... Read More »

WSU dryland research station assess damage after Lind fire

From the Capital Press Washington State University researchers are assessing the losses after a wildfire burned a portion of the dryland research station. The fire started shortly before 11 a.m. June 27, east of Lind, about half a mile away from the station. It burned a total of 2,100 acres. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Crop progress report 07/04: Hot temps continued throughout Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 4 were above normal. In San Juan County, dry conditions and a historic heat wave sparked the area. Soil moisture continued to decline. All crop conditions in nonirrigated areas suffered. Crops on limited irrigation were kept viable through ... Read More »

Virtual advocacy doesn’t make the same connection

By Michelle Hennings WAWG Executive Director The first half of this year has been a challenge, to say the least, both professionally and personally. I’m normally a very social person, and not being able to interact and converse face to face with family, friends and coworkers due to COVID-19 has been really tough. The one positive from the whole ordeal ... Read More »

Northwest lawmakers seek progress on Columbia River Treaty

From the Capital Press A bipartisan group of 21 Northwest lawmakers called on President Joe Biden to prioritize a long-running effort to renegotiate a 60-year-old treaty that governs how the United States and Canada share the waters of the Columbia River Basin. In a Tuesday letter to Biden, Washington Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and ... Read More »

NAWG launches industry partners program

Starting July 1, 2021, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) will formally launch its new Industry Partners Program (IPP).  Syngenta, Ardent Mills, Farm Credit Council and FMC will be welcomed as members to the organization through the IPP, where they will help bring a unique perspective to NAWG. “We are grateful to the four members who have shown their support for ... Read More »

RMA announces changes to dry peas, small grains crop insurance provisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making improvements to crop insurance to better enable agricultural producers to manage risk on their operations.  Specifically, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is adding new options for producers of dry beans, dry peas, and small grains, such as wheat. RMA is making these changes through three Final Rules, which posted this month on ... Read More »