Author Archives: Trista Crossley

In Our View: Farm bill about helping people, not scoring points

From The Columbian Until a crisis arose last month over the debt ceiling, the Farm Bill was expected to be the most significant challenge facing Congress this year. When lawmakers return to session following a Fourth of July recess, that challenge will take center stage. The Farm Bill is a multiyear omnibus package of legislation that funds U.S. nutrition, conservation ... Read More »

Asotin growers award high school grads scholarships

The Asotin County wheat growers have awarded 2023 Asotin High School graduates, Haylee Appleford and Samantha Johnson, $1,000 scholarships for their college ambitions. Haylee Appleford Appleford is the daughter of Dusty and Sunni Appleford. She grew up on her family’s wheat farm in Anatone, Wash., where they also raise some cattle. At Asotin High School, Appleford was active in volleyball, ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/25: Seasonally cool temperatures throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6 days reported the previous week. Western Washington had continued dry conditions. Central Washington had cool temperatures with light moisture in some areas. Winter wheat looked fair in most areas, but spring grains needed moisture. In Okanogan and Ferry counties, the wind and moisture put a damper ... Read More »

NAWG Applauds Introduction of American Farmers Feed the World Act

On June 21, Reps. Tracey Mann (R-Kan.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) introduced the American Farmers Feed the World Act of 2023. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds this bipartisan effort to keep the food in America’s international food aid programs as Congress looks to reauthorize the farm bill in 2023. As part of ... Read More »

Washington gas prices top US as carbon fee takes hold

From the Capital Press Washington has moved past California to have the most expensive gasoline in the U.S., a surge coinciding with Washington’s cap-and-trade carbon fee almost doubling California’s. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 06/18: Unusual Washington weather

From NASS There were 6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.3 days recorded the previous week. Western Washington saw dry conditions until the weekend. Producers were busy irrigating fields. Strawberry harvest was underway for fresh and processed markets. Central Washington had a windstorm on June 13 and 14. Heavy smoke was seen from the Canadian forest fires. ... Read More »

FSA Encourages Votes in Asotin, Garfield County Committee Elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages all farmers, ranchers, and FSA program participants to take part in the Garfield and Asotin County Committee election nomination process. FSA’s county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and local administration of federal farm programs. Committees are comprised of locally ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 06/13: Rust season over for winter wheat

By Xianming Chen Last week, we completed collecting the stripe rust data in our germplasm screening nurseries of winter crops and took the first time of stripe rust data of the spring crop nurseries at Mount Vernon in northwestern Washington (Skagit County). As always for this location under natural infection, wheat stripe rust was severe, up to 100% severity on ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/11: Washington crops continued maturing

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days recorded the previous week. Western Washington received a couple of days of rain which helped promote grass growth in pastures. Central Washington had a good week of farming. Most of the first cutting of hay had been cut and baled. There was low moisture, so ... Read More »

U.S. Wheat revives marketing conference in Asia

From the Capital Press U.S. Wheat Associates, the overseas marketing arm for American wheat farmers, recently held its South and Southeast Asia Marketing Conference for the first time in 12 years. During the conference, industry members establish or strengthen relationships with buyers and looks for opportunities for collaboration to increase the use of U.S. wheat classes, said Joe Sowers, regional ... Read More »