Current Issues

Proposed rule changes for restricted-use herbicides

From WSU’s Wheat and Small Grains website The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is considering rule changes affecting the use of restricted-use herbicides. The possible rule changes were agreed upon by a workgroup consisting of representatives from Washington State University (WSU) and various agricultural sector representatives, including the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. The existing rules covering restricted-use pesticides ... Read More »

Legislative update: Special session likely

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 93rd day of the 2017 Legislative Session. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, when all bills must have passed out of the opposite chamber’s fiscal committees to remain “alive.” The next legislative deadline is April 12 when all bills must have passed out of both chambers to remain “alive,” unless they are ... Read More »

Welcome to Wheat College

This year marks the fifth annual Wheat College, an educational outreach effort from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). Landing in the Tri-Cities for the first time, Wheat College will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular workshop has been held throughout Eastern Washington wheat ... Read More »

Wheat industry seeks federal funding for falling number research

From the Capital Press The Pacific Northwest wheat industry is asking Congress to fund research into the reliability and accuracy of the falling number test and the quality of soft white wheat. The industry wants the U.S. House appropriations committee to provide $1 million to the USDA Agricultural Research Service to study the accuracy of the test and $2 million ... Read More »

Policy organizations call for increased investment in ag research

From USW’s Wheat Letter U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) shares strong support for more investment in agricultural research with our sister organization, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). NAWG notes that wheat relies on public, private and grower funding for crop innovation. Only 1.6 percent of the $142 billion U.S. federal investment in research is allocated toward agriculture research, according ... Read More »

Stripe rust is widely occurring in the PNW

By Dr. Xianming Chen April 6, 2017 On April 5, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin and Adams counties of Washington and Umatilla County of Oregon. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 2 to 7. We found stripe rust in all of these counties and about 80 percent of more than 70 fields checked. For ... Read More »

Legislative update: Budgets, budgets, budgets

Yesterday marked the 86th day of the legislative session. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, when all bills from the opposite chamber must have passed out of their respective policy committee to remain “alive” this session. Yesterday was another deadline in which all bills must pass out of the opposite chamber’s fiscal committees to remain alive. House releases and passes operating ... Read More »

Benefit to Washington wheat producers associated with increased farmer program flexibility

From small grains.wsu.edu Wheat farmers signing up for U.S. farm program benefits in early 2015 were asked to select between a revenue based program (Agricultural Risk Coverage – ARC) or a price based program (Price Loss Coverage – PLC). Once a choice was made, the choice was binding over the entire life of the 2014 Farm Bill. This created a ... Read More »

Legislative update: House releases proposed operating budget

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 79th day of the legislative session. The next legislative deadline is March 29 in which all bills must pass out of the opposite chamber’s policy committees to remain alive. House Democrats Release Their Proposed Operating Budget On Monday, the House Democrats released their proposed operating budget for the state for 2017-2019. The proposed budget ... Read More »

Lesson #7: Farm bill supporters challenged to focus on the long-game of science

From Agri-Pulse When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law in 1862, he set in motion the development of a system of land grant colleges and helped create the foundation for U.S. agricultural research that’s endured until today. That foundation is still strong, thanks to formula funding established by Congress over the years, but there are new fears that the ... Read More »