Current Issues

NAWG leadership address growers at June board meeting

By Trista Crossley It’s not unusual to have visitors at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) monthly board meetings, but last month’s visitors literally flew across the country to be there. David Schemm, a wheat farmer from Kansas and current president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and Chandler Goule, CEO of NAWG, kicked off a visit ... Read More »

Legislative update: Despite passing budget, legislature still in session

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature is still in its 3rd special session despite having averted a partial government shutdown last week by passing a two-year operating budget that was signed by the governor just before midnight last Friday. The reason the Legislature is still in overtime is that an agreement on a capital budget has not ... Read More »

Conservation subject of recent Senate farm bill hearing

This week’s Farm Policy News update highlights issues associated with the Conservation Reserve Program, a subject that was also discussed in with last week’s Senate ag committee farm bill hearing focused on conservation and forestry issues. Read the update here. Read More »

Legislative update: Partial state government shutdown looms

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee called a third special session for legislators to finalize a state operating budget for 2017-2019. If legislators do not agree on a budget that the governor will sign by midnight on June 30, there will a partial state government shutdown. When calling the third special session, the governor stated that he would ... Read More »

Farm state senators to USTR: On NAFTA, do no harm

From Farm Policy News The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Farm state lawmakers expressed concern regarding agriculture and NAFTA renegotiation, admonishing the executive branch to “do no harm” with respect to gains in agricultural trade that have resulted from the agreement. Timelines for ... Read More »

Thanks to cool weather, stripe rust in spring wheat set to increase

By Dr. Xianming Chen Wheat Stripe Rust In the Pacific Northwest, winter wheat in most areas has passed the flowering stage. Thanks to planting of resistant varieties and wide use of fungicides in the early season with some fields sprayed twice, stripe rust in most fields of winter wheat is under control. Depending upon areas and various times of planting, ... Read More »

Exploring how ag speaks environmental at WPC panel

By Trista Crossley For an industry that feeds and clothes the nation, not to mention much of the world, agriculture seems to be constantly under fire, accused of practices that are harmful to the environment and consumers. Last month, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Vice President Marci Green took part in a panel designed to address some of those misconceptions ... Read More »

Outreach help wanted

WAWG is run by farmers who volunteer their time and energy. As such, the organization is always looking for people to help out at education events, such as farm fairs, expos and the recent Almira Ag STEM day (above). Marci Green, WAWG vice president, puts out the request for more volunteers. She says: “The educational events are usually in spring, ... Read More »

WAWG opposes the administration’s proposed budget cuts to crop insurance, trade development programs

With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) expresses a great deal of concern over significant reductions to risk management programs, trade development programs, and more. WAWG President Ben Adams, a wheat grower from Coulee City, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management and market access programs are critical to ... Read More »

Barley leaf rust is found east of the Cascades

By Dr. Xianming Chen Barley leaf rust Barley leaf rust (caused by Puccinia hordei) was found in a couple of fields planted with facultative winter barley variety ‘Maja’ in Walla Walla County, Wash., near the Oregon border. By May 18, rust incidence was 100 percent and severity ranged from 40 to 100 percent.  According to the grower, the fields were planted last October ... Read More »