Current Issues

WAWG president testifies in support of DNR lease bill

Ryan Poe, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, testified today in support of HB 1199, compensation for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources terminating agricultural leases early, in a hearing in the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Park Committee. Here is his testimony: Good morning Chair Van De Wege, Ranking Member Warnick and members of the Committee: For ... Read More »

WAWG member testifies in low carbon fuel hearing

Michele Kiesz, a grower from Adams County and a Washington Association of Wheat Growers board member, testified this morning in front of the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee against E3SHB 1091, a bill that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation field (a low carbon fuel standard, or LCFS, bill). Here is her testimony: ... Read More »

State legislative report 0307: Senate passes capital gains tax

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Thursday marked the halfway point of this year’s 105-day regular legislative session, which is scheduled to end on April 25. Lawmakers in both chambers have been debating and taking votes on dozens of bills in lengthy day and late evening sessions for the past two weeks. Unless considered Necessary to Implement the Budget, all bills ... Read More »

WAWG president testifies again in carbon tax hearing

Ryan Poe, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers testified today in a hearing in the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee on SB 5373, a carbon tax bill. You can watch the hearing here. Below is Poe’s testimony. Good morning Chair Carlyle and members of the committee: My name is Ryan Poe and I am a fifth generation ... Read More »

State legislative report 0302: Action moves to Senate, House floor

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday, Feb. 22, was the second legislative deadline, when all bills must have been voted out of their respective fiscal committees to remain “alive.” Since then, the Legislature has mostly ceased committee action and is focused on floor action for the time being, which entails the entire chamber (either the House of Representatives or the ... Read More »

NAWG leaders review industry priorities for growers

By Trista Crossley Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and Josh Tonsager, vice president of policy and communications for NAWG, joined growers on a webinar last month to discuss the issues NAWG is working on for the wheat industry in the other Washington. The session was part of the 2021 Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s ... Read More »

Webinar reminds growers of upcoming deadlines

By Trista Crossley At this time of year, most of the farm action is happening inside as growers are reminded of rapidly approaching farm program deadlines. State leaders from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reviewed programs and deadlines and answered growers’ questions during a webinar last week as part of the Agricultural Marketing ... Read More »

State legislative report 2/22: Negotiations continue on ag overtime issue

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was the 43rd day of the 2021 Legislative Session and the second legislative cutoff date when bills must make it out of their fiscal committees to remain alive. After yesterday’s cutoff, the Legislature will largely cease committee action and focus on floor action, which entails the entire chamber (either the House of Representatives or ... Read More »

State legislative report 2/15: House Republicans release proposed budget

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked day 36 of the 2021 Legislative Session. Yesterday was the first legislative deadline when all policy bills must be voted out of their respective policy committees to remain under consideration for the year. Legislation not covered by this deadline includes bills that have been voted out of policy committee, bills in fiscal committees ... Read More »

State legislative report for the week of Feb. 1: Public hearing held on low carbon fuel standard

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked day 27 of the 2021 Legislative Session, and thus far, 974 bills have been introduced. A week remains until the first legislative deadline, Feb. 15, 2021, when all policy bills must be voted out of their respective policy committees to remain under consideration for the year. Bills that do not meet this deadline will ... Read More »