Current Issues

Meet our new board members

Over the past few months, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has welcomed several new board members. Here’s an introduction to some of them: Michele Kiesz, Adams County Most of the current WAWG board members are primarily dryland wheat growers. Michele Kiesz’s family farm in the Columbia Basin, however, is irrigated, but her husband, Randy, is a dryland wheat ... Read More »

Legislative update 0226: Transportation packages unveiled

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday was the first cut-off of the 2019 Legislative Session. Cut-off dates play a crucial role in the legislative process as any bills that have not made it out of a policy committee are considered “dead” and no longer eligible to move forward this year. Legislation not covered by Friday’s deadline include bills that ... Read More »

Legislative update 0219: First deadline approaches

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 37th day of the 2019 Legislative Session. Committees are still holding hearings on new bills and holding executive action where they pass bills out of policy and fiscal committees. Revised drafts and amendments to bills are constantly being released which require review and input before they are voted out of committee. Friday ... Read More »

Legislative update 0212: Lovelett appointed; pesticide bill gets public hearing

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Tuesday marked day 30 of the 2019 Legislative Session. We are more than a quarter through with the legislative session. It was a busy week last week, although the pace of bill introductions has slowed. Week 5 is off to a slower start, as all legislative committees were cancelled Monday, Feb. 11, due to heavy ... Read More »

Legislative update 0205: Pesticide bill passes out of committee

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday marked day 23 of the legislative session. So far, 1739 bills have been introduced. Committees have already begun passing bills out of committee to move them along in the process. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 22, 2019, when all bills must pass out of their respective policy committee to remain alive. Senate Labor ... Read More »

USDA awards ag trade promotion program funding

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. The ATP is one of three USDA programs created to mitigate the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. ... Read More »

Legislative report 01/22: Bills so far focusing on energy proposals

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington Legislature convened its 105-day session on Monday, January 14thin what we expect to be a busy year.  Democrats control the agenda in Olympia after significantly increasing their margins in the November election.  Democrats control the Senate 28-21 and in the House by 57-41.  There are many new faces in Olympia as twenty-eight new ... Read More »

2019 trade policy outlook

From U.S. Wheat Associates If there is anything we learned from 2018, it is that the trade policy landscape is unpredictable. While many upcoming or ongoing issues are known, there are a range of possible outcomes within each, some of which could drastically alter the trade landscape in the future. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Deadline to sign up for trade relief program to be extended due to government shutdown

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted the following: “We’ve extended deadline for Market Facilitation Program applications. Kept @usdafsa offices open as long as possible, but closed when funding lapsed. January 15th deadline extended for period of time equal to number of business days FSA offices were closed, once shutdown ends.” The government shutdown, which ... Read More »

What WAWG’s working on for growers

Handicapping association’s 2019 federal, state legislative agenda It may be a new year, but many of the issues on the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) legislative agenda aren’t. The WAWG leadership team is gearing up for what looks to be a busy legislative season. The midterm elections saw a large number of freshman lawmakers elected to the state legislature, ... Read More »